Pasco County has been awarded the 2024 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award for its work relating to the AmSkills Workforce Innovation Center project.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the county’s Community Development Department has secured the national honor.
“Another year, another award for our team,” Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey said, in a news release from the county. “Our work with AmSkills is amazing and makes a huge difference in our community. I’m certainly not surprised we’re receiving such a prestigious award — yet again!”
AmSkills Workforce Innovation Center helps individuals explore new careers and workforce training.
It serves youth, adults, veterans, persons with disabilities, and those affected by COVID-19 job reduction and loss, according to the release.
Focus areas include careers in the manufacturing, public works, utilities and construction trades. Introduction into this program can begin with the mobile Career Discovery Boot Camp, designed with direct input from local manufacturers looking for more vetted entry-level candidates.
The county’s community development team helped AmSkills to acquire its new center and plan future renovations through the assistance of Community Development Block Grant funds.
The county’s team will attend a conference on Feb. 2, in Washington D.C, to receive the honor.
The department also received the national distinction in 2021, 2022 and 2023 for its collaboration on the Vincent House, Rosalie Rendu Residences Project and Family Services Center, respectively.
The Audrey Nelson Award recognizes exemplary local projects and programs funded through the HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and other HUD Office of Community Planning and Development funding.
For more information, visit NCDAonline.org.
Published January 24, 2024