Tuesday, December 22, 2015

What Congress and the President did this month.....

Nancy Dischinat
Executive Director,
Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Congress and President Obama supported legislation to boost funding for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This funding will allow the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc., to expand on our already extensive and advanced programming for youth, adults and dislocated workers. 
The article below from the National Skills Coalition expands on details of the spending bill.
The Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board Inc., is committed to offering progressive
workforce opportunities and solutions for our 21st century businesses. 
Please visit our website for services offered for employees and employers www.lvwib.org

On Friday, December 18th, the President signed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 “omnibus” spending bill that will fund government operations through September 30, 2016.
The legislation includes critical funding increases across a range of key workforce and education programs, as well as new funding to support apprenticeship.

The omnibus provides a boost in funding for WIOA formula state grants, including nearly $39 million in funding above current funding levels for WIOA Adult, roughly $42 million above current funding for WIOA Youth and a modest increase for formula funding for Dislocated Worker grants. The funding levels are consistent with the levels included in President Obama’s FY 2016 budget request, although below the statutorily authorized levels under WIOA. The spending package also restores the Governor’s reserve under WIOA to the statutory level of 15 percent, which will allow states to carry out an expanded range of statewide activities, including implementing WIOA requirements relating to the support of sector partnerships and career pathways strategies.

The bill includes $90 million in new funding for apprenticeship programs. These funds are intended to expand activities under the National Apprenticeship Act and will be used for competitive grant programs and other arrangements with States. The President has included a request for $100 million for apprenticeship expansion in his budget request.

Funding for the Workforce Data Quality Initiative is increased to $6 million, $2 million higher than 2015 levels but well below the President’s requested $37 million.

For more information please visit http://ow.ly/Wc5DA


Monday, December 21, 2015

The Scoop on Pets - Valley Central Animal Blood Bank

The Scoop on Pets
Animal Blood Bank
Has your pet ever had an accident or illness, which caused him to require blood?  Did you wonder where the blood came from?  Just like human blood banks, there are many animal blood banks across the country.  Veterinarians and Pet Emergency centers can acquire blood from these centers, just as hospitals get their blood products from human blood banks.  We are very lucky, living in the Lehigh Valley, to have the Valley Central Animal Blood Bank as a resource.  My Maggie was a donor for several years, and was recently retired, due to a need for daily medication.  Sherman now donates.
Pet blood donation is key to keeping the blood banks stocked with blood.  Once the whole blood is collected, it can be separated into packed red blood cells and fresh frozen plasma, depending on the particular need.   The blood and its parts are used for snake bites, pancreatitis, surgeries, accidents, clotting disorders, anemia, and much more.
The actual donation process is quite painless for the pet.  Maggie enjoyed going to donate.  After the donation is complete, the pet is offered vitamins and a can of wet, tasty food and water, instead of the juice and donuts offered to human donors.  The blood bank does a required yearly blood testing, which checks for Lyme, Heartworm and other blood diseases, at no cost to the donor, saving on vet bills.  Most banks provide a free toy, bag of treats and heartworm meds and Frontline, also at no charge to the donor.  They also provide lots of love to the pet.
If you are considering having your dog donate blood, he must meet the following requirements:
·         1-8 years of age
·         Use flea & tick preventative
·         Use year-round Heartworm preventative
·         Current on all required vaccinations
·         At least 50 pounds
·         Able to be still for 5 minutes without squirming
·         Not on prescription medication
Generally, before your pet’s first donation, he will have an orientation appointment.  During the appointment, the initial blood testing will be done, and he will meet the staff, in order to evaluate his comfort level with being kept still for the 5 minutes.  Any questions that you have will be answered by the staff, and hopefully, you will be able to schedule your pet’s first blood draw. 
If you would like to sign your pet up to donate, contact the Valley Central Emergency Blood Bank at 610-435-5588 ext 110. 
Denise Cassidy-Dietsch

Doodie Calls, LLC

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Elmer Gates is My Hero!!

Nancy Dischinat,
Executive Director,
Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Elmer Gates is my Hero!
I never had a Hero until I met Elmer Gates. Although my definition of Hero is probably different than yours, the word Hero has a connotation that I believe we all innately understand.
It is not that he saves the day for me, or eliminates tall buildings that obstruct my path, or even comes to my defense when craziness forces its way into my life and career.   

My Hero does not fix issues, oh no, as Elmer coaches me, issues are homework that need a lesson plan.   I imagine by now you understand that Elmer has assigned me many lesson plans.  Oh drat, I have enough work without homework Elmer!  Another lesson?  My Hero always helps me complete my lesson plans.

My Hero recently released a book called U-Turn Leadership that “takes the reader through a tour of his leadership experiences.”  Well, actually, Elmer Gates is the ghost writer of life chapters for many people, chapters that end as his book begins with “Results count!”
Elmer wrote in my copy of U-Turn Leadership that “you are never satisfied Nancy.” True.  Elmer taught me that results do count, but yesterday’s results are over, so what are your results for today and for tomorrow?  Oh boy.

I know this man, he is my Hero.  Once I tried to buy him a birthday gift and then realized that… he is a gift.  I love you Elmer Gates.

Biography of Elmer Gates

Mr. Elmer D. Gates served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Fuller Company ("Fuller") since 1982. Mr. Gates served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Fuller. He served as the Chairman of Embassy Bancorp, Inc., until June 2009 and its subsidiary Embassy Bank from 2001 to June 2009. He served as the Chairman of the Board at Paragon Technologies Inc. Mr. Gates served as a Vice Chairman of Fuller until 1999. Prior to Fuller, he has a thirty-one year career at General Electric Corp. Mr. Gates served as the Chairman of the Board of SI Handling Systems, Inc. Until December 1999, he served as Vice Chairman of Fuller Company, Bethlehem, Pa. He has been a Lead Director of Embassy Bancorp, Inc., since June 2009. Mr. Gates has been a Director of Embassy Bancorp, Inc., and of Embassy Bank since 2008 and 2001 respectively. Mr. Gates serves as a Director of PPL Corporation, the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, and President of the Lehigh Valley Partnership. He served as a Director of PPL Electric Utilities Corporation since 1989. He served as a Director of Ambassador Bank. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson College.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

3,700 new hires!

Nancy Dischinat, 
Executive Director,Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

The Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board is continually sharing labor market data to assist job seekers and employers in the Lehigh Valley and our surrounding communities. 

This month the PA MONTHLY WORKSTATS from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor mentioned our "Driving to Close the CDL Gap" event at the PA CareerLink LV in October. As I blogged before, this round-table discussion brought together industry leaders, employers, education and training agencies to brainstorm solutions for the gap in transportation jobs.

In “Lehigh Valley tries to steer more people into trucking jobs” (Allentown Morning Call, October 27), the reporter discusses an evident labor gap in the trucking industry. As the trucking industry is experiencing a boom, it’s having a difficult time finding drivers to meet this increased demand. However, companies have still been hiring available drivers, which could partially account for the uptick in jobs in October. From the article: “[Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp.] has noted that the trucking sector is one of the Valley’s largest with jobs needing to be filled. Trucking jobs are expected to grow by nearly 20 percent over the next decade, creating 3,700 new hires.”

You can read the entire Morning Call article HERE! in case you missed it.

I will continue to share labor market information and always welcome your feedback and comments.  Please feel free to contact our office at 610-841-1122.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

IRS Increases Some Deductible Amounts for Small Business Purchases

IRS Increases Some Deductible Amounts for Small Business Purchases

repair_regs150.jpgSince the inception of the Internal Revenue Code, the IRS and taxpayers have been at odds over whether expenditures on tangible property should be expensed in the year incurred or capitalized and depreciated over time.
Historically, the distinction between deductible repairs and capital improvements has been a tangled mess, and it has mostly been left up to the “facts & circumstances” discretion of each tax auditor. To provide some clarity, the IRS issued “repair regulations,” which became effective January 1, 2014. These new repair regulations provided a “bright line test” for the auditors when making the distinction.
The safe harbor election, which is just one part of the repair regulations, allows taxpayers to write off small dollar (de minimis) expenditures for the acquisition or improvement of property. Originally, this safe harbor threshold was set at $500, but after much discussion and feedback from various groups, the IRS has recently decided to increase it to $2,500.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

How WIOA Performance Data Works??

Nancy Dischinat
Executive Director,
Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was created to provide state and local areas the flexibility to collaborate across systems in an effort to better address the employment and skills needs of current employees, jobseekers, and employers.

Last week I blogged about how data could change lives, the graph below shows that the data collected along with localized and personalized planning shapes the programs that the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. offers to job seekers and employers.

Each of WIOA’s four titles authorizes different job training programs intended to upskill the U.S. workforce and align labor market supply and demand. A key feature of WIOA is its emphasis on program accountability.

Employers are encouraged to call my office 610-841-1122 to see how WIOA programs can benefit their company and their workforce.  We provide a WIOA link on our website if you would like to read more WIOA information.  Feel free to visit the Workforce Data Quality Campaign website for more information on this chart.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What if data could enhance your life??

Nancy Dischinat, 
Executive Director,
Lehigh Valley Workforce Development  Board Inc.

The Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board is continually sharing labor market data to assist job seekers and employers in the Lehigh Valley and our surrounding communities. This month the PA MONTHLY WORKSTATS from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor #PALaborindustry offers interesting statistics regarding the decrease of PA Unemployment Rates and the increase of leisure and hospitality jobs available.... to just name a few.

"The month of September saw all time high jobs numbers for the “Leisure and Hospitality” industry with a total of 552,100 jobs. This sector also had the largest jobs numbers increase of any since August, 2014 with 14,600 new jobs."  (page 7)

Often times, data and statistics could be viewed as tedious but what if valuable current employment statistics could help a family member or friend find their next #dreamjob, or if job growth figures could help an employer determine if they want to expand here in the Lehigh Valley #lvjobs.  These resources along with the free services provided at the the LVWDB and PA CareerLink LV can assist potential employees and employers.

We will continue to share labor market information and always welcome your feedback and comments.  Please feel free to contact our office at 610-841-1122.

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