2008 Tennessee Valley Corridor Southeast Partnership Event on November 24 to Highlight Green Jobs

On November 24th the 2008 Tennessee Valley Corridor Southeast Partnership Event will take place at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina.  This program is being organized and supported by key groups and leaders including the Tennessee Valley Corridor, Western North Carolina's AdvantageWest Economic Development Group, and Representatives Zach Wamp (R, TN) and Heath Shuler (D, NC). This conference will focus on the potential opportunity of green jobs and will include sessions on advanced transportation, biodiversity, climate change, and green technologies.

"We are very excited to be hosting such a unique partnership event here in Western North Carolina," said Dale Carroll, president and CEO of AdvantageWest Economic Development Group. "The Tennessee Valley Corridor is aligned with so many of the same initiatives and goals we have for our region and the many world-class science, technology, economic development and research partners and institutions here in Western North Carolina, and through this event, we look forward to sharing information and finding ways to work together for the benefit of both regions."

"The Tennessee Valley Corridor has hosted 19 regional and national economic development Summits throughout the Tennessee Valley and in Washington, D.C. over the past 13 years," said Tom Rogers, chairman of the Tennessee Valley Corridor Board of Directors. "We are excited to expand the reach of the Corridor events into Western North Carolina and to learn from one another and explore new ways to help solve the nation's energy and environmental challenges."

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“Job Opportunities for the Green Economy” Report Provides Data for 12 States

In June, a report entitled Job Opportunities for the Green Economy was released.  This report includes employment and wage data in 12 states for jobs related to the following green sectors – building retrofitting, mass transit, fuel-efficient automobiles, wind power, solar power, and cellulosic biomass fuels.  The specific jobs examined in each sector are:

Building Retrofitting – Electricians, Heating/Air Conditioning Installers, Carpenters, Construction Equipment Operators, Roofers, Insulation Workers, Carpenter Helpers, Industrial Truck Drivers, Construction Managers, Building Inspectors

Mass Transit – Civil Engineers, Rail Track Layers, Electricians, Welders, Metal Fabricators, Engine Assemblers, Production Helpers, Bus Drivers, First-Line Transportation Supervisors, Dispatchers

Energy-Efficient Automobiles – Computer Software Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Engineering Technicians, Welders, Transportation Equipment Painters, Metal Fabricators, Computer-Controlled Machine Operators, Engine Assemblers, Production Helpers, Operations Managers

Wind PowerEnvironmental Engineers, Iron and Steel Workers, Millwrights, Sheet Metal Workers, Machinists, Electrical Equipment Assemblers, Construction Equipment Operators, Industrial Truck Drivers, Industrial Production Managers, First-Line Production Supervisors

Solar Power – Electrical Engineers, Electricians, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Welders, Metal Fabricators, Electrical Equipment Assemblers, Construction Equipment Operators, Installation Helpers, Laborers, Construction Managers

Cellulosic BiofuelsChemical Engineers, Chemists, Chemical Equipment Operators, Chemical Technicians, Mixing and Blending Machine Operators, Agricultural Workers, Industrial Truck Drivers, Farm Product, Purchasers, Agricultural and Forestry Supervisors, Agricultural Inspectors

State-specific data is presented for Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In this report “green jobs” are defined as occupations that contribute toward building or producing goods to achieve a ‘green’ marketplace.  In addition, it links the idea that green jobs should be sustainable employment opportunities — that is, jobs that pay at least a living wage, offer training and promotional opportunities and some measure of security.

The report was authored by Robert Pollin and Jeanette Wicks-Lim of the Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and commissioned by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). It was released in cooperation with the Green Jobs for America Campaign, a partnership of the Sierra Club, Blue Green Alliance, United Steelworkers, NRDC and with the Center for American Progress and Green for All.

Job Opportunities for the Green Economy

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