Forum Helps Coordinate State Efforts on Green Jobs Grants Bookmark and Share

August 10, 2009

Augusta – The Maine Department of Labor hosted a forum and planning session today for Maine groups and organizations seeking Recovery Act Grants to train workers for green jobs.

Representatives from dozens of non-profit organizations were on hand to get information on grants offered by the US Department of Labor to fund workforce development initiatives for the energy and green sectors of the economy. Up to $500 million will be made available nationwide.

“This was an opportunity for Maine groups to coordinate, find potential partners, and be competitive on a national field in applying for these grants,” said Maine Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman.

Speakers included the Director of Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security, Cabinet members from the Department of Labor, Public Utilities Commission, Maine Housing, and the Department of Community and Economic Development.

Presentations focused on green and energy initiatives currently underway in the state. Participants discussed challenges and opportunities for developing a “green” workforce in the state.

“We know that the energy sector provides enormous opportunity for growth in the years ahead,” said Governor Baldacci. “These grants will help align the skills of Maine’s workforce, with the efforts already underway to attract and grow jobs in that industry.”