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Region 1 Rapid Response Roundtable

Week of December 14, 2009

Rapid Response delivers on the promise of the workforce investment system:
to be prepared and vigilant in providing consistent, timely and high-quality solutions and services to businesses and workers in addressing economic transitions.


In an effort to advance this vision, a series of round tables are being conducted. The intent is to capture the vast experience and insight of regional Rapid Response staff and define appropriate performance benchmarks.

Please plan to attend the Region 1 Rapid Response Roundtable during the week of December 14, 2009. An exact date, time, and place for this event will be provided to you shortly. 

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you there.

U.S. Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
Room E-350 Boston, MA 02203
Phone: (617) 788-0170
Fax: (617) 788-0101

2-1-1’s Where to Turn in Connecticut When You Become Unemployed:

2-1-1 provides  information on state, federal and local resources to help people who are unemployed and looking for jobs. It is Connecticut’s free, confidential information, referral, and crisis intervention service. They are available by phone 24/7 from anywhere in Connecticut. Just dial 2-1-1 and a trained specialist will answer your call any time of day or night. 2-1-1 is a program of the United Way of Connecticut and the State of Connecticut.

Please visit to search the on-line databases:
• Statewide Community Resources Database:
• 2-1-1 e-Library:
• Special Directories:
• Child Care Database:

Workshare...the newest or oldest buzz word.  It's in the news and it's even on T.V.
So, what is it anyway?  It's a program that allows a worker who is employed for a portion of the week to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.  It can help workers, like the one pictured, go from unemployed to full-time employment with a little help from UI.     
If you don't have a workshare program and are curious about it, then please talk to your fellow Region 1 states or comment.  Region 1 just happens to have a few old hats hanging around when it comes to workshare.  Five of our ten states have it: New York, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecicut.   
Moral of the story - workshare - google it, research it, think about it.  

Exciting news for those who live in the world of Unemployment Insurance!  Even though the announcement is a little late for our community, it's better late than never, right?

So, getting to the point...Region 1's looking forwarding to the output from all the innovative projects approved from the FY 2009 Supplemental Budget Request.  Like Rhode Island's Unemployment Insurance instructional video or Vermont, ConnecticutNew York, and Rhode Island's Enhanced Call Center.  Please check out the uploaded excel spreadsheet entitled FY 2009 SBRs.  Perhaps, you can pair up with another state to help you in your project design...because, honestly, why reinvent the wheel if you don't have to? 

Oh, and please welcome two new states: Puerto Rico and Vermont to our Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment grant fold.  For our new REA states, feel free to reach out to our reemployment community @ for REA PowerPoint’s and best practices.  


I'd like to welcome everyone to the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration's Region 1 Community of Practice (CoP).  Today marks our official launch!   Along with Regional Office staff, I am very pleased  to offer this online platform to states, locals, and partner organizations interested in workforce development.  The Region 1 CoP is an opportunity to engage in a dialogue and share best practices that enhance knowledge sharing across programs and organizations.  I encourage you to share your successes and challenges.  Begin the conversation today by uploading a resource, commenting on a blog, or starting a discussion thread.
Before you join in, please join our community as mentioned on the home page:  All you need is a account to participate.  As always, we look for forward to your feedback and we embark on a new and transparent way to communicate.
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