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October 9, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego State University (SDSU) has received a joint grant of $1.67 million for its Jobs Accelerator program from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Small Business Administration and the Employment Training Administration (ETA). 


“Our number one priority is job creation,” said Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego), in announcing the award. “Our region has been in dire need of this type of investment in our economy and our students. In a time when school and local budgets are being cut to the bone, this grant will go a long way to creating the good paying jobs we need, training the workforce, and help us move into a new green energy economy.”


The SDSU proposal identifies the renewable energy industry as a "cluster" for development, demonstration, deployment and workforce training. The SDSU Brawley Campus in the Imperial Valley will establish a physical site to perform commercial-scale proof-of-concept demonstrations, supported by multi-faceted commercialization support services, and targeted technical training curricula. The Jobs Accelerator program is focused on economic development, reducing the need for H1-B visas to supply trained workforce, and small business developmental training in economically distressed regions.


Through the coordination of federal resources, the Jobs Accelerator supports the development of self-identified clusters that demonstrate high-growth potential. The participating agencies and bureaus in the Jobs Accelerator will offer a combination of funding and technical assistance to approximately 20 clusters in a variety of industries across nation. In addition, multiple federal agencies and bureaus are committing technical assistance to provide streamlined support to selected clusters for qualifying projects.


SDSU is set to receive $ 1,121,601 from ETA, $400,000 from EDA, and $149,999 from SBA. 


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