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Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release April 27, 1998
                         VICE PRESIDENT GORE 
                      ANNOUNCES UP TO $6 MILLION 

Washington, DC -- Vice President Gore and Labor Secretary Alexis Herman today announced up to $6 million in emergency funds to create temporary jobs for clean-up and restoration following the recent tornadoes.

"While nothing can erase the pain these devastating tornadoes have caused so many Tennessee families, these grants will help them begin to rebuild their lives," Vice President Gore said. "With this assistance, we can put dislocated workers back to work as soon as possible and get the affected communities on the road to a speedy recovery."

The grant award is authorized under emergency provisions of Title III of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) to fund special temporary jobs to benefit the public and help dislocated workers resume their regular employment. The program will assist workers in counties declared eligible for Public Assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If FEMA names additional counties, they can also be included in the project. Participants will work for up to six months with public or private non-profit agencies to help with clean-up, repair and restoration efforts.