WASHINGTON — Allegany County will use more than $395,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase computers, electronic classroom systems and other equipment for its Western Maryland Works maker space.
U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Rep. David Trone jointly announced the federal funding on Thursday.
The new Cumberland center will house training programs in advanced manufacturing and other sectors, office space for selected startups, a collaborative work space for the community and classes taught by Small Business Development Center staff.
“This innovative center will serve as an effective resource for Allegany County residents and will stimulate our local and state economy. Easily accessible opportunities will allow residents to develop their skills and business acumen to succeed in growing industries. I look forward to witnessing how this project develops over time,” Cardin said.
The primary tenant, Allegany College of Maryland’s Continuing Education & Workforce Development Industrial Manufacturing program, will provide workforce training in machining, welding and industrial maintenance.
“Providing accessible job-training is one of the best ways to grow our economy and expand our skilled workforce,” Van Hollen said.
Sixty-eight trainees and four start-ups are expected in the first year of operation.
“It is imperative that we invest in our workforce and small businesses to grow our local economies,” Trone said. “With this grant, Allegany County residents can get the training they need to better engage in the workforce of the future.”