Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training


GWB-RI Grant Recipient Receives National Recognition (pdf)

Mike Koback (401) 462-8714
Governor’s Workforce Board - RI
July 12, 2006

PROVIDENCE – The Governor’s Workforce Board – RI (GWB-RI), in acknowledgment of exemplary workforce improvement strategies funded through their grant programs, has recognized Providence-based Moran Shipping with the annual Innovation Award. Moran Shipping handles over 5,000 port calls per year for many of the world’s most prominent ship owners, oil companies, and commodity traders. The company needed an innovative solution to coordinate increasingly complex port call logistics and security.

With grant funding from GWB-RI, Moran trained staff and instituted an extranet portal system that efficiently provides 24/7 access to business data and financial accounts. This Web-based information management system was recently recognized by Microsoft® in their e-newsletter “Global Evidence Management.”

This streamlining provides fast customization, strong back-end integration, high customer satisfaction, and low IT costs, enabling Moran to compete successfully with multinational corporations many times their size and positioning this Rhode Island company for future success.

Governor Donald L. Carcieri explained, “I recognize the competitive nature of the economy which requires companies to consistently develop the skills of their workforce. GWB-RI policies and funding can increase employee productivity, improve capability, and maximize operational systems. I want to help businesses strategically align themselves for strong growth.”

Jason Kelly, Vice President and Director of Information Technology at Moran, noted, “GWB-RI grants enabled us to focus on innovative solutions and maintain our strong commitment to employee training, allowing us to successfully compete in the global marketplace.”

The Governor’s Workforce Board – RI formulates strategy relating to workforce expansion, increases existing jobs and fosters new business opportunities, forges partnerships between providers to reduce redundancy, and equips youth to meet the demands of RI’s workforce, both today and in the future.

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