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Posted on January 10th, 2018 in Press Releases

The following press release was originally created by the Office of Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the appointment of Camille Blunt as the Director of the Office of Minority & Women Business Development.

As Director, Camille will guide the office’s mission to promote a culture of inclusiveness in business opportunities and economic growth, and further the sustainability of business enterprises owned by minorities, women, veterans, and people living with disabilities. This will include cross-collaboration between city departments and community groups, working to improve relationships with businesses through outreach and certification, and serving as an advocate for the office and those it represents.

“Camille’s ability to foster engagement through dialogue perfectly positions her to support and uplift local businesses of all backgrounds,” said Mayor Hogsett. “Under her direction, the Office of Minority & Women Business Development will further a culture of inclusiveness in our business community, building a stronger and more diverse local economy. I am confident that our community will continue to benefit from Camille’s expertise and passion for service in this new role.”

Before her appointment to the Office of Minority & Women Business Development, Camille served as the Legislative Director for the City of Indianapolis, a role she began in January 2016. In this role, Camille was liaison to the City-County Council and oversaw the execution of the City’s legislative strategy on the state and federal level. During her tenure as Legislative Director, the administration garnered bipartisan support on most legislative agenda items, including passing the 2018 Budget with a vote of 21-2.

Prior to serving the City, Camille was vice president with Bose Public Affairs Group. Camille met the needs of the firm’s clients through grassroots lobbying, political action committee management, state and local legislative lobbying, and relationship development. In addition to serving on a number of boards throughout the Indianapolis community, she is a member of the Ball State Alumni Association and the Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana.

Posted on December 15th, 2017 in Success Story

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal entitlement program that assists U.S. workers who have lost or may lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade. This program seeks to provide adversely affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources, and support necessary to become reemployed.

Marion county has experienced dislocations recently in which workers qualify for TAA benefits, which are managed through WorkOne Indy American Job Centers. Below are two testimonials from local residents who have applied for and received benefits.

I started working with the TAA program right after I found out I was losing my job. I decided that I wanted to pursue my MBA and receive training assistance from the TAA program. I worked with Maritha and have not been disappointed. She has taken great care of me and answered all of my questions! The whole TAA process was very long and time consuming, but Maritha made the whole transition very smooth and made sure I knew what I needed to be accepted into the program. I was accepted into the program to have my tuition and books completely paid for by the TAA program! The documentation portion of the program takes a lot of time, but the benefits are so much greater! I can’t wait to continue to work with Maritha and the rest of the TAA team throughout my training.

Kelsey Cohen

Kelsey Cohen now works for CALUMET GP, LLC as an Human Resources Generalist earning $60,000.00, she will begin training in February 2018 pursuing her MBA at Kelly School of Business.

My name is Michael Brooks I have had a very good experience working with the TAA team on my TAA/RTAA. Devon Banks has worked extremely hard with me on my resume my and interviewing skills. It has truly been my pleasure to have worked with her. She is the reason I was able to get my job with Lilly and I am really grateful for her help. I started my employment on November 27, 2017 and my rate of pay is $22.60 an hour.

Thank you for all you do!

Michael Brooks