NEWS, RESOURCES & EVENTS
Small business and green jobs seem to be on everyone's minds thismonth, from City Hall to the White House. In his State of the UnionAddress, President Obama made a bold call for clean-energy jobs,saying, "the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be thenation that leads the global economy." He also called businesses"The true engine of job creation in this country," and said that "Weshould start where most new jobs do -- in small businesses" bycreating a "new small business tax credits."Earlier the same day, Mayor Nutter was on exactly the same page.At a press conference in West Philadelphia the Mayor announced$27 Million in new financing opportunities for small businesses. Heemphasized the importance of small business to the City's recovery efforts by sayingthat "It's small businesses that create the jobs and economic growth that will lead ourcountry out of recession." The Mayor also highlighted the importance of green jobs bysaying that "The greening of the Philadelphia economy - whether it is training displacedworkers to weatherize homes, manufacturing solar panels, or reducing the energy costsfor small businesses - will be increasingly important to our city's success."
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URGENT: Are You Receiving Funds to Trainin the Green Economy?
Just a year ago, leaders of the Green Economy Task Forcetravelled to Washington DC to ensure that the AmericanRecovery and Reinvestment Act contained opportunities forpeople with barriers to employment to receive training forgreen collar jobs. Since then, not only has Philadelphiareceived federal training dollars for workforcedevelopment, community college, and organized labortraining programs, but the state and many privatefoundations have contributed to the growth of green jobtraining in our city as well. As thrilled as we are, we alsorecognize that with these investments comes enormousresponsibility. Join the GETF's Job Training Committee inpartnership with the PWIB, JOIN, SBN, and the City of Philadelphia, for Philadelphia's first convening of green jobtrainers, to discuss
to effective green job training in our city.