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The Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties will be getting a $500,000 federal grant to help incarcerated individuals reintegrate into society.

The grant was announced by Congressman Richard Hanna.

Hanna says the funding is part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release or LEAP initiative.

LEAP will provide start-up capital needed by local workforce investment boards to develop specialized centers.

“This funding will help support incarcerated individuals reintegrate into the community as working members of society,” Rep. Hanna said. “The Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties is an asset to our community and I have no doubt that this grant will help them provide critical services to an at-risk population and help set them on a productive career path.”