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Doyle announces green jobs training grant

Gov. Jim Doyle announced on Friday a $2 million federal stimulus grant to provide clean energy job training to workers in Wisconsin and across the Midwest.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the grant to East Central Intergovernmental Association Business Growth Inc. in Dubuque to train hundreds of workers in wind energy, energy efficiency assessment and energy efficiency construction.

The grant will train more than 340 workers and provide them an opportunity to earn certifications in either wind turbine repair, energy efficiency rating systems or green building construction.

Wisconsin Workforce Connections is a key partner in the project, which will impact a 27-county region across Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.

Doyle on Thursday launched the Clean Energy Jobs Act, a landmark legislative package to accelerate the state’s green economy and create jobs. New industry-recognized research shows the package will directly create at least 15,000 green jobs in Wisconsin by 2025, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

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