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BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS <br />Bob Solari <br />AVER <br />Joseph E. Flescher <br />Chairman <br />OG <br />District 2 <br />District 5 <br />Tim zorc <br />Susan Adams <br />District 3 <br />Vice Chairman <br />* * <br />District 1 <br />ORIV Q_ <br />Peter D. O'Bryan <br />District 4 <br />November 20, 2018 <br />To: JP Morgan Advancing Cities Challenge <br />Re: Letter of Support, United Against Poverty Advancing Cities Challenge Grant <br />Dear Friends, <br />The Indian River County Board of County Commissioners strongly supports United <br />Against Poverty's (UP) application for funds from the Advancing Cities Challenge grant <br />from J.P. Morgan/Chase. <br />The Board has supported UP, formerly known as Harvest Food and Outreach, with <br />grants of $34,205 annually since Fiscal Year 2013/2014. The Board has already <br />approved a grant to UP of $10,000 for Fiscal Year 2018/2019. These grants support <br />the UP Rapid Employment Program. <br />UP provides a significant benefit to Vero Beach's economy. Their unique workforce <br />development program, Success Training for Employment (STEP), is designed for <br />individuals with significant barriers for employment. This program has re-engaged <br />many individuals into our local workforce (UP reports 301 to -date since their program's <br />inception). <br />United Against Poverty estimates that the New UP Center facility will expand the <br />number of STEP graduates from 100 to 300 per year. This will increase the available <br />workforce in Vero Beach ready for gainful employment. The Board believes that UP will <br />provide an increase in employment security and certainly add access to services to our <br />more vulnerable citizens. <br />The New UP Center will be a community asset that will benefit our county, our <br />employers and our citizens for years to come. Therefore, the Board encourages J.P. <br />Morgan/Chase to support UP's Advancing Cities Challenge grant application <br />Sincerely,` <br />Bob Solari <br />Chairman <br />1801 271h Street, Building A <br />Vero Beach, FL 32960 <br />(772) 226-1490 <br />