Federal grant funds drought projects in Redding

Sep 22, 2015 7:35 PM by Charlene Cheng

The city of Redding continues to cut back on water usage, partly with the help of workers like Kirk O'Brien.

He's one of the laborers benefiting from an $18 million federal grant that enables the Smart Business Resource Center to create jobs for drought relief projects.

To qualify, you have to be unemployed for 15 out of the last 26 weeks, or laid off due to the drought.

"It's a great opportunity for people who have been unemployed, who are looking for work, it's a great way to get a temporary job where you can network when you're in that job," said Betsey Ray, a program advisor for the Smart Center.

In turn, agencies like the city of Redding are able to pursue drought and fire control projects.

"Kirk's really helped out taking care of a lot of little projects that normally I'd have to hire another full time guy to go do," Parks Leadman Mike Herzog said.

For more information on how you can get one of these temporary positions, you can call the Smart Center at (530) 245-1530.


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