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Workforce Development


Goulds Pumps: A Training Model of Success Moves Down the Road

(Seneca County)

Goulds Pumps is a manufacturer of large commercial pumps located in Seneca Falls.  The company is a significant employer in the area, with 700 employees including 120 production machinists. The company is also represented by the Steelworkers Local 3298. 


Shining Bright: IBEW Solar Maintenance Training Program Exceeds Expectations


This past August, while the sun was heating things up outside, 32 trainers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) were learning the skills needed to maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems post installation. While solar installation has been a part of the IBEW apprentice curriculum since 1993, this program, funded by WDI, filled a gap in the distributed solar market -- the need for after installation service and maintenance to ensure that PV systems continue to operate at optimal levels.


Water Street Brass Grows In Lakewood, NY

(Chautauqua County)

Water Street Brass, located in Lakewood, NY is a manufacturer of high end machined brass hardware for furniture, cabinets, and doors. The company was formed in 2014 and took off immediately, more than doubling revenues in its first year of operation.  Growing demand for the company’s products – which are typically sold through showrooms located in all major metropolitan areas – is being driven by two factors: 1) the high quality of the products, which are both designed and manufactured on-site, and 2) the fact that they are American-made, an attribute that has become increasingly important for American consumers. 


Connecting Young Companies to Potential Buyers = Revenues and Jobs

(Suffolk County)

Last spring the WDI worked with the Stony Brook University (SBU) Incubator at Calverton to survey incubator tenants/users around programs that could help boost growth.  As a result of the survey, WDI then partnered with the SBU Incubator to offer a “Take Your Product to Market” program for small and early stage food product entrepreneurs.  The two day event included a full day of intense training provided by professionals experienced in food sales, marketing, and distribution, followed by a food expo where buyers from key stores were on hand to meet with the entrepreneurs.  The format was unique in that it allowed the entrepreneurs an opportunity to execute lessons learned from the training program while also getting products placed in front of potential customers. 

Feel free to contact your local WDI Regional Director for any additional information.
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Workforce Support


WDI Opens Child Care Subsidy Facilitated Enrollment Program
in Onondaga County

In September, WDI proudly opened a new Child Care Subsidy Program office in downtown Syracuse to serve working families in Onondaga County. 
Many families struggle with the high cost of quality child care even when working full-time. Funding for the program was allocated in the 2015 legislative session to provide eligible working families with income-based child care subsidies. The subsidy helps offset child care costs for eligible families with incomes between 200% and 275% of the Federal Poverty Level. To be eligible, one must reside in Onondaga County, work a minimum of 25 hours per week, and have at least one child under the age of 13.
The new Onondaga County office is the seventh WDI-administered program in the state. The child care subsidy is also available in Albany, Monroe, Oneida, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady.
The program offers families a convenient, respectful process for obtaining financial subsidies, as well as the information critical to accessing quality, developmentally appropriate care for their children. The enrollment process is responsive to the needs of working families, offering a streamlined application process that uses technology and flexibility in enrollment, reducing the need for lost work time for face-to-face meetings.
For more information, contact Brittany Buffum, Onondaga County Child Care Coordinator at 315-426-0378 or The office is located at 731 James Street in Syracuse.

Workforce Enrichment


Jerome Avenue Workers Project

On October 3, 2015 The Bronx Photo League (a project of the Bronx Documentary Center), launched its first major exhibition- Jerome Avenue Workers Project. The project is a collection of over 40 B/W Silver Gelatin and Hi-Res Digital Color Prints by sixteen Bronx photographers on display in Vasquez Muffler on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx.

The Jerome Avenue Workers Project celebrates the working class neighborhood of Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, highlighting the diversity and vitality found in the area. The Bronx Photo League’s goal was to bring attention to the potential negative impact to the neighborhood by proposed changes to zoning that the city is currently considering. Zoning changes, if approved, would likely mark "the end of a proud culture of industry and work in this last bastion of New York City’s working class". Read more about the project here.

WDI funded both this exhibit and a photobook of the displayed work. In addition, the WDI has been working with the Bronx Documentary Center on a project to increase in-house production of high quality photographic works that will help keep photo production jobs in the Bronx.

Learn more about the Bronx Documentary Center here.

Photo © David "Dee" Delgado and Michael Kamber


Working Stories
Working Stories- Essays by Reflective Practitioners

Ed Murphy, WDI's Executive Director, had an idea to capture the life stories, lessons learned, and paths taken from a group of individuals involved in workforce development in NYS. This idea became a reality with the recent publication of Working Stories- Essays by Reflective Practitioners. This collection of essays is intended to generate dialogue around paths to development and perhaps serve as guideposts to others navigating similar waters. Ed has been inspired by each of the stories and he hopes it can serve to inspire others and spark discussion.

If you would like to receive a copy of the book, please contact WDI.

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