With each day the Brawley beef plant is moving forward. The plant is being built despite a lawsuit challenging the project. All signs indicate the plant will be ready to open in October and that is good news for Brawley and the Imperial Valley. What makes it good news is the expectation the plant will provide 600 jobs initially and some 1,200 jobs eventually.
Now the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program has been awarded a state grant of $689,000 for Project Hope, an effort to train at least 200 people to work at the beef plant. Jobs provided by the plant might not be the most pleasant we could think of but they are solid full-time jobs, jobs that will give people a chance to support themselves, their families and their communities.
We must credit those local officials who sought grants to pre-train local people to work at the plant. These are leaders who care about making sure those in need of work have all opportunities to find employment.