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Please contact Jannet Walsh, Community Relations/Communications Manager at Workforce Connection, for
additional information at 352-873-7939 ext. 1234 or e-mail

Almost $3 million in Green Jobs Coming to Ocala

Workforce Connection will administer $2,985,175 federal grant to provide
Green Job training and placement to unemployed and low-income individuals.
The Pathways Out Of Poverty Grant was awarded by the US Department of
Labor in January. The program is funded by the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). There were 38 grants awarded across the
country, including 4 in Florida.
Green jobs can be roughly defined as jobs that help build the economy
and are environmentally earth friendly, such as solar energy, wind energy and
recycling. Ocala has established the West Ocala Green Jobs Project Workforce
Connection, the Regional Workforce Board for Citrus, Levy, and Marion
Counties, will use the new federal dollars to implement the West Ocala Green
Jobs Project. The project will create 150 new jobs and provide training and job
placement to 665 people in Ocala. The project will serve 275 unemployed
people, 250 low-income adults, 40 high school dropouts, and 100 prisoners
released from the Marion County Jail.
We are pleased that our collaborative grant application involving dozens
of community partners has been funded. This funding will provide green job
training and support over the next two years, help reduce unemployment, and
promote economic expansion throughout the region, said Rusty Skinner, CEO of
Workforce Connection.
Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) congratulates an Ocala-based

organization for receiving a $2,985,175 federal grant. The money will provide
green job training and placement to unemployed and low-income individuals.
Congressman Grayson said, The recession made it hard for people to
find jobs, especially when they dont have the training and education they need.
This grant will give people in Marion County the opportunity to learn valuable
skills, get a good job, and take care of their families. They will no longer be left
behind; not in the green job market and not in life.
These Pathways Out of Poverty grants will help workers in
disadvantaged communities gain access to the good, safe, and prosperous jobs
of the 21st Century green economy, said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
Green jobs present tremendous opportunities for people who have the core
skills and competencies needed in such well-paying and rapidly growing
industries as energy efficiency and renewable energy.
All Job candidates and employers are encouraged to fully register at to identify jobs or job candidates. To receive help with
your resume and find out more about services available at Workforce Connection
at or call Toll Free 1-800-434-JOBS and speak to a
Workforce Representative.
Workforce Connection is a member of the Employ Florida network of workforce services and
resources. Workforce Connection is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are
available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers listed above may be
reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. If you need
accommodations, please call 352-840-5700, ext. 7878 or e-mail
Please make request at least three business days in advance.