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December 22, 2009 (San Diego) – “I am pleased to announce the first green jobs grants awards authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Labor,” said Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego). “Californians continue to benefit from additional funding for job creation and training through the Recovery Act. These Green Jobs programs will take our industry in a direction that is better for the long-term preservation of the environment and our natural resources.”

Three green jobs grants have been awarded San Diego:

• San Diego Able-Disabled Advocacy will receive $100,000 to establish a Green Industries Advisory Council, create curricula for entry-level green jobs, and organize a green industries job fair in San Diego.

• The San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council will receive $100,000 to enhance the San Diego workforce’s competitive edge in emerging green technology sectors.

• The State of California Employment Development Department will receive $1,250,000 to conduct green occupational skills research and identify training needs for employment in emerging green occupations.

The awards were made under two competitive solicitations for State Labor Market Information (LMI) Improvement grants and Green Capacity Building grants. In addition, three additional Green Jobs grant competitions have closed – Pathways out of Poverty grants, Energy Training Partnership grants, and State Energy Sector Partnership grants, Filner added. Applications are being reviewed and announcements are expected later this winter.

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