Merkley, Wyden, Announce $3 Million Investment to Create Jobs in Klamath Falls

Merkley, Wyden, Announce $3 Million Investment to Create Jobs in Klamath Falls

Funding will support creation of an Apprenticeship and Industrial Trades Center

Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the Klamath Falls community will receive $3 million in federal funds to build an Apprenticeship and Industrial Trades Center—which is expected to create 166 jobs and generate $677,000 in private investment.

“As we continue to grapple with the deepening coronavirus crisis, we must make the critical investments in our workforce that will help us pave a path toward a prosperous future,” said Merkley. “I’m pleased that this funding is headed to Klamath Falls, and will continue to advocate for the federal resources and support that will make a real difference for Southern Oregonians.”

"As communities across Oregon continue to deal with the unique and devastating economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, more needs to be done to support working families," Wyden said. "This investment couldn't have come at a better time to create good-paying jobs in the Basin."

The funding, which is being administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, will be matched with $3.4 million in funding from the state of Oregon.

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