Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that
she has directed the state Department of Labor to work with seven other
Northeast states to seek a $3.9 million federal stimulus grant that will
help expand the number of “green collar” jobs available in Connecticut
and throughout New England, New York and New Jersey.
“I am proud to say that Connecticut has
long been a leader in growing green collar jobs,” Governor Rell said.
“We have a strong history of support for increased use of solar panels
and other alternative energy sources, energy efficiency and
weatherization programs and other environmentally friendly strategies.
At the same time we have worked to bolster the available training for
the green collar work force of the future. These stimulus dollars will
be a major boost for these efforts.
“The green economy offers great
promise in creating new jobs and careers for Connecticut residents,” the
Governor said. “The key to making the most of these opportunities lies
in understanding what skills they will require and where those skills
can be learned and mastered.”
Governor’s direction, the state Department of Labor has partnered with
neighboring states to pursue the federal Labor Department funding to
help job seekers as well as high school and college graduates better
understand what skills and competencies are required for careers in the
emerging green economy.
“Working with the other New England
states, New York and New Jersey, Connecticut will join a regional effort
to better define green industries and identify jobs for the entire
Northeast,” Governor Rell said. “We can then pinpoint the skills needed
to fill those jobs and establish the necessary educational requirements
consortium will work together over an 18-month period, the Governor
said. The group also plans to develop automated tools that will
highlight green job opportunities available in the region as well as in
each participating state.
“Under an Executive Order I
issued in February, Connecticut agencies and organizations have made
good progress in defining green jobs and determining what a green
economy will look like,” Governor Rell noted. “This work has positioned
us well to responding to competitive federal grant opportunities such as
In addition, the state is aggressively
pursuing grants in the areas of renewable and sustainable energy,
environmental quality and remediation – all with an eye toward
increasing opportunities for green jobs and careers in the state.
Under the guidelines of the grant,
Connecticut will work in with Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New
Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont as well as three strategic
partners: the Conference Board; the Georgetown University Center on
Education and the Workforce; and a collaboration between the Direct
Employer Association, the National Association of State Workforce
Agencies and the National Labor Exchange.
Connecticut will lead the development of a regional Web site that will
enable individuals, employers and educators to review the consortium’s
work. The site will provide users with the types of training that will
be needed. Working with the National JobCentral Labor Exchange, efforts
will be directed toward introducing an electronic “Green Job Bank” that
would include current green employment listings.