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Nevada awarded green jobs grant



CARSON CITY –The Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation (DETR) in partnership with a consortium of states (Nevada, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Utah) has been awarded a green jobs grant of nearly $4 million from the U.S. Department of Labor as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Governor Jim Gibbons announced today.

Thirty awards nationwide ranging from about $763,000 to $4 million were made to state workforce agencies to utilize data for workforce development strategies. ARRA provided $500 million for green jobs training to help improve the nation’s economy. The Nevada award is $3,753,000.

“We are pleased that the state has received this funding which will be vital in our efforts to stimulate Nevada’s economy and diversify our employment base,” Gibbons said. “Nevada is experiencing an unprecedented economic storm and every effort is being made to create jobs for our citizens. Green jobs are the wave of the future and Nevada will be on the cutting edge in this area.”

The Department of Labor awarded State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants, totaling $48.8 million, to support the collection and dissemination of labor market information and to enhance the labor exchange infrastructure to provide career opportunities within clean energy industries. Grantees will be able to employ strategies that enable job seekers to connect with green job banks and help ensure that workers find employment after completing training.

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