East Suburban Resources will continue to provide service to Washington County customers in the Minnesota Family Investment Program seeking employment, after the Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed to a contract with the organization on Feb. 7. To meet federal and state requirements for the Diversionary Work Program and Minnesota Family Investment Program, the county contracts with ESR to provide job skills training, job development, and placement services. ESR placed 21 subsidized and 123 unsubsidized individuals into employment from July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011. This continued to exceed the contract requirement, which was 50 job placements with 12 of the placements in subsidized employment. Washington County is a leader in job placements in the seven-county metropolitan area, with the assistance of ESR, and continues to perform at the highest rate on a monthly and annual basis. State and federal funds pay for the program. The county’s 2012 allocation was recently announced and the contract for 2012 is for $170,809.