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NEW ORLEANS - A new initiative of the National Urban League, headed by former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, will bring more than $1.5 million to the area for job training and recruitment programs, officials announced Tuesday.

The new initiative, called Jobs Rebuild America: Educate, Employ, Empower, will come to Louisiana as part of a grant to the Urban League of Greater New Orleans.

'This $1.5 million represents an investment that's going to yield a return,' Morial said during the event in New Orleans Tuesday morning.

'The return is going to be more people trained and employed, more young people attending college or finishing high school on time, more entrepreneurs who can take advantage of the business climate here in New Orleans and in southeastern Louisiana.'

Nationally, the program is a five-year, $100 million effort that aims to created economic opportunities across the country.

The investment in New Orleans will be divided between the Urban League's Urban Youth Empowerment Program, the Business Resource and Entrepreneurship Center, Project Ready: Post-Secondary Success Program and a job training program for formerly incarcerated adults in work release programs.

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