Sen. Brown Joins Labor Secretary to Announce Clean Energy Job Grants for Ohio

Funds Will Help Train Workers for Good-Paying Jobs in Clean Energy Industry

CLEVELAND, OH - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that Ohio will receive a significant share of nearly $24 million in new few federal funds to help train workers for jobs in the clean energy economy. Brown fought for these, which are targeted to communities affected by auto industry restructuring.

The funds will support training programs in the cities of Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Akron, and Youngstown, as well as the counties of Allen, Auglaize, Carroll, Champaign, Clermont, Clinton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Highland, Huron, Jackson, Knox, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Montgomery, Morrow, Noble, Paulding, Pike, Preble, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Summit, Trumbull, Union, Van Wert, Wayne, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot.

"These funds will help prepare Ohio workers for the clean energy jobs of the 21st century," Brown said. "Ohio already has a skilled workforce and a rich manufacturing heritage. These funds will ensure that Ohio's workers and suppliers can be a part of our nation's clean energy economy. These funds are targeted for communities that have been hit hardest by job loss in the auto industry. They will lead to good-paying jobs and will help Ohio become the Silicon Valley of Clean Energy Manufacturing."

The funds, which were awarded through the Energy Training Partnership grant program authorized by the Recovery Act, will provide training for workers to enter into the clean energy and efficiency industries, including jobs in clean energy public transportation, wind, solar, geothermal, manufacturing, and retrofitting and construction.

The grants invest in diverse, public-private partnerships that include labor organizations, employers in the energy efficiency and clean energy industries, and workforce development leaders. The partnerships are aimed at developing programs that meet the needs of workers and employers looking for employees with specific skill sets.

Brown is a leading proponent of targeting workforce investment resources to provide regional, specialized training that supports high-growth industries. He is the author of the “Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success” (SECTORS) Act, bipartisan legislation which addresses the disparity between high unemployment rates and a shortage of skilled workers for many emerging industries. The bill would provide grants for sector partnerships among institutions of higher education, industry, organized labor, and workforce boards aimed at creating customized solutions for specific industries at the regional level. A sector approach can focus on the dual goals of promoting the long-term competitiveness of industries and advancing employment opportunities for workers.

Brown has also been leading the fight in Congress to promote the competiveness of U.S. manufacturing and to create new jobs through the clean energy industry. He is the author of the Investments for Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology (IMPACT) Act, which would establish a $30 billion Manufacturing Revolving Loan Fund to help small and mid-sized manufacturers transition to the clean energy economy through retooling. The bill would also expand the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) in order to help manufacturers access new export markets. The bill is estimated to have the potential to generate more than $100 billion in revenue for clean energy businesses and create 680,000 direct manufacturing jobs and nearly two million indirect jobs nationwide over five years. Brown is also working to improve the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit included in the Recovery Act. His draft plan calls for increasing the maximum cap on the tax credit and helping to ensure that taxpayer dollars go toward domestic job creation.

Ohio already ranks fourth in the nation for clean energy jobs with clean energy industries as one of the fastest growing emerging sectors in the state's economy. Within the last three years, Ohio has attracted more than $74 million in clean energy venture capital.

A breakdown of Ohio's share of the $23,449,300 in funds can be found below:

 

Grant Amount

Counties Affected

Grant Name

Program Description

$5,000,000

Franklin

International Transportation Learning Center

This program will prepare more than 3,600 workers across four states, including Ohio, for careers in clean energy and public transportation.

$4,658,983

Cuyahoga

Institute for Career Development (ICD), Inc.

This program will assist workers in four states, including Ohio, in transitioning manufacturing skills to clean energy jobs in wind, solar, geothermal, and energy efficiency industries. The program will serve 2,000 participants.

$3,969,056

Allen, Cuyahoga, Hamilton, Montgomery, Richland, Seneca, Shelby, and Trumbull

Green Manufacturing Skill Training
Certification - Communications Workers of America (CWA)

The project is focused on developing and delivering a Green Manufacturing Skill Training Certification training program, to prepare production workers in the emerging energy-storage and clean energy manufacturing environments. The program is targeted toward counties affected by job loss in the auto industry, with a specific focus on dislocated workers and veterans.

$4,995,188

Cuyahoga, Lucas, Summit, Mahoning

International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry

The program will train workers in energy efficient building construction, retrofitting, and manufacturing. The program is expected to train an estimated 1,200 sheet metal workers.

$4,826,073

Adams, Allen, Auglaize, Carroll, Champaign, Clermont, Clinton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Highland, Huron, Jackson, Knox, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Montgomery, Morrow, Noble, Paulding, Pike, Preble, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Summit, Trumbull, Union, Van Wert, Wayne, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot

Ohio Green Renewable Opportunities for Workers (Ohio GROWs)

This project will utilize 19 existing industry training centers to provide clean energy skills training to veterans and dislocated workers in Ohio. The funds are targeted toward 44 counties affected by automotive?related restructuring. The Ohio GROWs project will provide training for 1,288 participants who will earn nationally recognized certificates, as well as college credit through the University System of Ohio. 

 

 

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