WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today, applauded the announcement by Dr. Ed Montgomery, President Obama’s Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers in Dayton this afternoon. Montgomery pledged to invest $50 million in funds for worker retraining, clean energy, and energy efficiency programs to rebuild the auto industry.
"This is an investment in the future of Ohio's auto industry," Brown said. "Ohio workers can and will build the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles. These funds uphold our nation’s commitment to developing and producing clean energy here at home. By providing resources for workers to receive training for clean energy jobs, we can continue to position Ohio as the Silicon Valley of clean energy manufacturing."
Dr. Montgomery joined Brown yesterday to preview his visit to Ohio this week and to discuss federal assistance for Ohio auto communities. Brown is the author of legislation that would expedite federal assistance to communities undergoing extreme economic distress. Brown has been leading efforts in Congress to facilitate the coordination of federal resources to region’s hardest hit by the economic crisis and job loss related to the auto industry.
Brown also recently introduced legislation that would invest in specialized workforce development programs that would provide training for high-tech and clean energy jobs. The “Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Success” (SECTORS) Act of 2009 would support a highly-skilled workforce to promote long-term competitiveness of emerging industries, many of which are in the clean energy field.
Dr. Montgomery trip to Ohio includes visits to Dayton and Toledo today and Twinsburg tomorrow.