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New York State through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) created nearly 25,000 summer jobs for low-income youth during the summer of 2009.

Check out this video, produced by the New York State Department of Labor and NYATEP.  The video tells the story of the 2009 Summer Youth Employment Program in the words of the young people who participated in the program, and is based on more than 80 interviews conducted at 22 work sites across New York in July and August 2009.

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The summit was first and foremost a celebration of all of the work that was accomplished this past summer ramping up and serving unprecedented numbers of youth.  State, local and other workforce professionals were on hand to learn from their peers about how they implemented summer programming and how they overcame immense challenges that were part of this endeavor.  For me personally, it was great to be able to help organize and staff the meeting.  I made new connections and was able to introduce peers who could learn from each other.  As someone who would rather go to a conference to hear things first hand, I hope this type of conference continues in the future to address the many needs of our youth population.    



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New Hampshire partners along with many other states in Region 1: CT, NY, MA, and ME.   New Hampshire just launched a new website portal to report misclassified workers:  Looks like a a great tool to gain tips. 

So, why partner to find misclassified workers anyway...because it works!  New York state's misclassification task force has identified over $157 million in unreported wages.  This discovery resulted in an assessment of $4.8 million in Unemployment Insurance taxes.  With tight budgets and low trust funds, coordinating across state agencies to recoup unreported wages and misclassified workers appears to be a no brainer.  Start talking with your partners or your Region 1 state colleagues to link in.

Fresh off the press...the Boston Region 1 Rapid Response Roundtable at the Boston Langham Hotel on December 16-17, 09.  Time to gather your state team and register for the event  @ ttp://

If you're feeling daring, we encourage you to fill out the self-assessment tool.  Refer to the announcement below for agenda and resources.

We hope to see every state and multiple players represented so don't miss out!


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.
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.  


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