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MARIETTA — The National Emergency Grants (NEG) that serve unemployed workers in Southeastern Ohio have been extended.

Rep. Bill Johnson said he was approached by Sexton Excavating in Jackson County and informed that the National Emergency Grants (NEG) were unexpectedly expiring, putting 40 of their workers, and hundreds of other area jobs, at risk of layoff. After speaking with Sexton and other relevant stakeholders about the urgency of the situation, Johnson gathered more information and intervened.

“Folks in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio are hard-workers, and the extension of these grants - using previously appropriated money - gives them the opportunity to prove that,” Johnson said. “Specifically, 40 employees at Sexton Excavating were scheduled to be laid off on Aug. 31 if the grants were not extended. I’m pleased to report that the men and women with Sexton, as well as over 700 others who currently benefit from this transitional jobs program, are able to continue their employment and training. Through these grants, we can continue to fight unemployment - a problem that is far too prevalent in much of Southeastern Ohio.

Johnson said he appreciated the quick work from the Department of Labor, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Governor Kasich and his office, and the Area 7 Workforce Investment Board to ensure that the grants were extended. It’s a great example of agencies and officials coming together to help the people we all serve, he added.

Shawn Sexton, of Sexton Excavating said, “As an employer and an active citizen within our community, I would like to express with all sincerity the positive outcome of the NEG Grants. The services provided by Congressman Bill Johnson and staff is unsurpassed in professionalism and care, and his response time in allowing these grants to remain in effect to aid and train dislocated workers and help serve not only our community, but countless others. The old saying stands true, ‘you never know until you ask.’ Congressman Johnson’s actions proved that, if you ask, some outcomes can change. I commend his efforts and that of all the affiliated agencies.”

NEG Flood and Wind Grants were made available to several counties in Southeast Ohio through the Department of Labor to provide jobs related to 2011 flooding and 2012 wind damage. These grants help displaced workers receive training and skills that aid them in re-entering the workforce, while at the same time working to better their communities, according to Johnson.

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