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Congressional Notifications

November 18, 2009

Dear Congressional Staff:

Today, Secretary Solis will announce the first of the green jobs grants awards authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These awards were made under two competitive solicitations for State Labor Market Information (LMI) Improvement grants and Green Capacity Building grants. Attached are one-page fact sheets about the grants being awarded in your state/area, and background information about the purposes for the grants is pasted below.

There are 3 additional Green Jobs grant competitions that have closed (Pathways out of Poverty grants, Energy Training Partnership grants, and State Energy Sector Partnership grants.) Applications are under review and announcements are expected later this winter.

Please the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs know if you have any questions about this information. Laura MacDonald (, Adri Jayaratne (, and Aaron Ver ( are available to answer any questions you may have about the grants and can be reached at 202-693-4600.

Background on State Labor Market Information (LMI) Improvement Grants:
State Labor Market Information (LMI) Improvement grants will support the analysis of labor market data to assess economic activity in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries and identify occupations and skill requirements within those industries. These grants invest in state and consortium models designed to collect, analyze, and disseminate labor market information, and enhance the labor exchange infrastructure for careers within energy efficiency and renewable energy fields. State Workforce Agencies will use this information as the foundation on which to build and implement effective workforce development strategies. Multiple State Workforce Agencies partnering as a consortium will gather information that may have a regional, multi‐State, or national impact.

Background on Green Capacity Building Grants:
The Green Capacity Building grant competition is designed to build the green training capacity of current Department of Labor grantees. Through these grants, ETA will help individuals acquire the skills needed to enter and advance in green industries and occupations by building the capacity of active DOL‐funded training programs. Grantees will provide education and training in the skills and competencies that are needed in green industries and occupations, and may bolster the capacity of their training programs through staff professional development, curriculum development, partnership development, the purchase of equipment, and where necessary, the hiring of additional staff.