May 11, 2009
Governor to address 1,400 at Green Today, Jobs Tomorrow Conference
LANSING - Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today said that Michigan's plan to diversify the state's economy by growing the renewable energy sector to create jobs is the right plan for Michigan. This afternoon, the governor is scheduled to address 1,400 attendees at the Green Today, Jobs Tomorrow conference in Lansing that is bringing together a variety of stakeholders, including business, education and training, labor, environmental, community and faith-based partners who are currently working on various facets of creating a green economy.
"By investing in our work force, manufacturing infrastructure, and natural resources, we can make Michigan the state that helps end our nation's dependence on foreign oil and create good- paying jobs in the process." Granholm said. "Michigan is uniquely positioned to diversify its economy and create jobs by growing the renewable energy sector."
Granholm said Michigan's Green Jobs Initiative will help accelerate workers' transition into new jobs. That initiative, part of the state's No Worker Left Behind program, is a $6 million investment of federal dollars designed to increase the number of green industries and businesses in Michigan. The Green Jobs Initiative will:
Granholm cited the state's Green Jobs Report, which demonstrates the potential for green jobs in Michigan. The first ever survey of its kind found that:
Michigan defines green jobs as jobs directly involved in generating or supporting a firm's green-related products or services. The state's green economy is defined as being comprised of industries that provide products or services in five areas: agriculture and natural resource conservation, clean transportation and fuels, increased energy efficiency, pollution prevention or environmental cleanup, and renewable energy production.
The Green Jobs Report and the Green Today, Jobs Tomorrow conference is a result of the Green Jobs Initiative.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Van Jones, President Barack Obama's green jobs advisor, are also scheduled to address the conferees.
Other prominent speakers include: U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth Director Stanley "Skip" Pruss, and Kate Gordon, co-director of the national Apollo Alliance.
"This conference brings together an impressive group of stakeholders to build the partnerships necessary to establish Michigan as a national leader in green jobs," Granholm said.
Granholm declared today, May 11, as "Green Jobs Day" in Michigan to coincide with the Green Today, Jobs Tomorrow conference.
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