Workforce Wednesday: Supporting local communities

Most people associate the Department of Workforce Services primarily with workforce development and job service programs. What many don’t realize is that we do far more than supporting job seekers and employers. One of the programs administered by the department is the Permanent Community Impact Fund. The Community Impact Board (CIB) oversees this fund and provides loans and grants to counties, cities and towns that are impacted by mineral resource development on federal lands.

Each year, the CIB works with rural municipalities to fund infrastructure projects and other needs such as transportation, sewer, health and public safety, water, recreation and culture, planning and studies, equipment and more. These funds are critical for these rural communities since they cannot rely on taxes from these federal mineral leases.

To learn about the CIB and how Workforce Services supports rural communities, visit

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