AWI Receives $1.25 Million Grant to Connect Workers with Green Jobs (11/19/09)

For Immediate Release 
November 19, 2009  

Robby Cunningham (850) 245-7130


AWI Receives $1.25 Million Grant to Connect Workers with Green Jobs

TALLAHASSEE –Agency for Workforce Innovation Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo announced today that the agency received a $1.25 million federal grant to define and classify the number of green jobs in Florida and the skills needed to fill those jobs.

“This grant will further our mission to help strengthen Florida’s families and reinvigorate our economy by connecting workers with jobs in this growing sector,” said Director Lorenzo.  “The comprehensive survey financed by this grant will provide the data to ensure our workers are trained and ready for opportunities in green technology.” 

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the green jobs grant to the agency’s Labor Market Statistics Center.  LMS will collect information on the employment levels and expectations of 60,000 Florida businesses and provide details on the skills requirements of jobs in clean energy and related fields. 

The results of the Green Jobs Survey will help Florida’s workforce system and educational partners design training programs to provide Floridians with opportunities in the emerging green economy.  The grant also funds a green jobs portal in Florida’s official online job bank, the Employ Florida Marketplace,, to highlight green job openings.  
In total, the U.S. DOL awarded nearly $55 million in green jobs grants as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For a full listing and project description of each grant recipient, visit

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