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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence Announces City of Detroit and State of Michigan Grant Awards

July 24, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Lawrence (MI-14) announces a $1 million grant award for the State of Michigan from the Department of Labor’s Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grants and a $2.6 million grant award for the City of Detroit for Low or no Emissions (Low-No) Grant Program.


The Department of Labor’s Workforce Data Quality Initiative aims to build and enhance state-based data systems that collect information about workforce training programs and employment services. This grant allows the agency to accurately produce information about education and training programs in the State of Michigan. These systems enable states to evaluate and improve their workforce training programs by providing reliable information about whether individuals are finding employment, earning fair wages, and helping businesses fill skilled positions. This data allows the state to promote better education and training outcomes for the state’s students and workers.


“We need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of our workforce training programs to best suit the needs of Michiganders in the workforce. This funding is vital in order to understand the current state of our training programs and to help us understand how we can work with employers to strengthen the job opportunities available,” said Representative Lawrence. “The Department of Labor’s Workforce Data Quality Initiative Grant is one of the crucial steps toward improving our workforce programs so they best serve all Michiganders in obtaining the right skills for the right jobs.”


The Low-No Grant Program focuses on low-emission and zero-emission methods of transportation, such as transit buses, and provides funding to state and local government agencies to support the acquisition and construction that is necessary for these transit projects. This grant program supports transportation infrastructure that is environmentally conscious and welcomes the new technologies that change the system of bus fleets across the country.

“For a city like Detroit that was once one of the largest transit communities in the nation, this funding is crucial,” said Representative Lawrence. “In the past, this issue can partially be attributed to the city’s lack of annual transit spending, using only $69 per capita on transit each year, compared to cities like Seattle that spend over $400. Eco-friendly public transit is essential to all big cities for the people to utilize in their everyday lives, whether that is to school, work, or visiting family. The Low or No Emission Grant Program is an opportunity to rebuild our bus systems and reinvest into the people of Detroit who keep the city alive. Now is the time to evolve.”