IECF is pleased to announce that it has received a $140,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation to support the work of the Inland Empire Growth and Opportunity (IEGO) project. Currently housed within the Inland Empire Community Foundation, IEGO is working to grow sectors that can create and provide access to quality jobs for Inland Empire workers and students. IEGO is focused on promising sectors including sustainable goods movement, green technology, advanced manufacturing, and cybersecurity.

Funds from this grant will support IEGO’s new Executive Director position, communications and consulting partners, as well as a special initiative to map and connect nonprofit community organizations building workforce development initiatives.

The Kresge Foundation is a private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development, nationally and in Detroit, Memphis, and New Orleans. In collaboration with their partners, Kresge helps create pathways for people with low incomes to improve their life circumstances and join the economic mainstream.

“We’re grateful for The Kresge Foundation’s support of IEGO and our mission to help middle-class families get ahead through good jobs in promising and growing sectors,” said Michelle Decker, IECF President and CEO.  “The Kresge Foundation has a long and successful history of investing in places across the nation. We hope that their partnership with us will serve as a model for other funding organizations to link arms with IEGO as we work to bring inclusive growth and opportunity to our region.”

To learn more about IEGO, visit www.inlandgrowth.com