In 2009 and 2010, efforts to train workers for green jobs benefited tremendously from economic recovery grants. City of Philadelphia partners received over $5.28 million in U.S. Department of Labor Pathways Out of Poverty grants for green job training programs including the Community College of Philadelphia's Job Ready Training Program, the Metropolitan Career Center's STRIVE for Green Program, and the Green Jobs Readiness Partnership's Job Opportunity Investment Network. In addition to these competitive awards, the City of Philadelphia received over $14 million in workforce formula recovery funding. The City identified the green industry as a target industry and used part of the recovery funds for significant new investments in green jobs and training.
To meet the growing demand for workers with expertise in weatherization, energy efficiency, and solar technology, the Energy Coordinating Agency opened the John S. and James L. Knight Green Jobs Training Center in spring 2010. The Center features three classrooms and a large laboratory facility that gives trainees hands-on experience performing energy audits and using the equipment and techniques they will employ in the field. In the first months of the Center's operation, about 85 percent of workers who completed ECA's training programs found jobs.
The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation have been working with the Greek company HelioSphera to bring its newest thin-film solar panel factory to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The company's current plans call for a factory which would employ up to 500 Philadelphians.
Listen to Leanne Krueger-Braneky, Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Network, on how we are positioning Philadelphia to be a leader in the emerging green economy.
Listen to Will Agate, Vice President of Navy Yard Management and Development at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp, on how the Navy Yard is incubating sustainable businesses and research.