Mayor Neese encourages local employers to take advantage of state-funded training grant

ELKHART (May 3, 2018) – Mayor Tim Neese is encouraging local employers to take advantage of a new opportunity to help fill vacant positions. NextLevel Jobs will be holding an open house at the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce later this month to provide information regarding the Employer Training Grant available through the state of Indiana.

The Employer Training Grant is designed to skill up workers interested in securing high-demand jobs in priority industry sectors. These sectors include Advanced Manufacturing, IT/Business Services, Transportation and Logistics, Health Sciences, Building and Construction, and Agriculture. Through this grant, employers can be reimbursed up to $2,500 for each new employee that is trained, hired, and retained for six months.

“In less than 10 years, Elkhart went from significant unemployment to today, having more job openings than we do available workers,” Neese said. “In order to be competitive in today’s economy, our efforts cannot focus solely on job creation. We need workers, and more specifically, we need mid-skill workers. This state-funded program incentivizes businesses to be proactive about talent attraction and retention, and with our unique circumstance, it is only fitting that Elkhart be on the leading edge of this.”

At the open house, employers will be able to complete and submit online applications for the Employer Training Grant on the spot. The process takes only a few minutes to complete.

Sessions will be offered at the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, located at 418 S. Main Street in Elkhart, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23.

For more information about this event, contact Bart Fore, Regional Business Consultant, at

Shelley Moore