Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Delaware Senate Delegation Commends Delaware Department of Labor for Receiving Green Jobs Grant

November 19, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that Delaware will receive $889,404 in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for green jobs training. Delaware’s Senatorial delegation commended Delaware for receiving one of the first green jobs grant awards authorized by the Recovery Act.

“The green economy is becoming a larger portion of Delaware’s economic future,” said Sens. Tom Carper and Ted Kaufman (both D-Del.). “Thanks to the federal Recovery Act, this grant will enhance Delaware’s strategic position in keeping and creating green jobs. The better prepared and skilled is Delaware’s green workforce, the more attractive our state will be to companies which are thinking about relocating here. This could result in new green jobs and jobs that cannot be outsourced.”

The Delaware Department of Labor received the highly competitive grant for its Delaware Green Jobs Initiative. The initiative is designed to facilitate the development of a strategic plan for encouraging the expansion and implementation of green jobs in the state.

“This grant is going to enable our partners at the University of Delaware and Delaware Economic Development Office to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the green jobs that come to the state so we can expand our efforts to create additional jobs in the green economy and stimulate job growth within our state,” said Delaware Labor Secretary John McMahon Jr.

The project includes a comprehensive set of five different but related initiatives. The project will provide real-time data on crucial information such as the number and types of current green jobs, current vacancies and growth potential in green jobs, the necessary skills and training required for these jobs, and potential wages in the green job sector. Additionally, this project will work to enhance the labor exchange infrastructure through the publication of green job openings on Delaware’s JobLink system.

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