The Journal Gazette
Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:00 pm

Partnership to get training grant for trades, insurance

Staff, news services

Northeast Indiana Works will receive $670,148 in state money to prepare local workers for jobs in the construction and insurance industries, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced Thursday.

It is one of 12 regional partnership grants totaling about $7.7 million, the second cycle of the Skill UP Indiana! program, that is used to develop training and education initiatives.

The industry partners for the local grant are Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council and Northeast Indiana Specialty Insurers. The money is expected to pay for pre-apprenticeship classes for 120 workers seeking jobs in building trades and IT training for 24 adult workers in the insurance industry.

Northeast Indiana will also receive part of a grant to train native Spanish speakers to be community health workers. The nearly $500,000 grant will be divided among five state regions.

Home sales continue to rise

More Americans bought homes in September, many for the first time, despite a persistent shortage of properties for sale.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes rose 3.2 percent from August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.47 million, the strongest pace since June. Sales rose across the country: 5.7 percent in the Northeast, 5 percent in the West, 3.9 percent in the Midwest and 0.9 percent in the South.

Verizon profits fall for quarter

Verizon said its profit fell in its most recent quarter as it added fewer subscribers for its traditional cellphone business. It also said it’s still evaluating how the hack at Yahoo affects its $4.8 billion deal for the company.

GFW releases 10-year vision

Greater Fort Wayne Inc., on Thursday released a video showcasing its 10-year vision, known as Opportunity on the Edge of Greatness, including five major projects to encourage investment and create new jobs.

The video is part of the presentation GFW delivers when recruiting site selectors and businesses outside the area.

For more information on the vision or to view the video, visit

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