Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hi Folks,

Just a heads up to let you know that Green jobs is going to be the focus of our next Energy Town meeting event via the poly-com. In fact if NYSERDA agrees I will call it a Green Jobs Forum rather than a Green Jobs Energy Town meeting. It is scheduled for 10 am till noon on Thursday, June 25 and the following county associations have confirmed they will host the event:

CCE-Albany County
Chautauqua county
Clinton County (tentative)
Green county
Hamilton county
Herkimer County
Jefferson County
Lewis County
Monroe County
Niagara County (tentative)
Steuben County
Tompkins County
Westchester County
Warren County.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of the above counties is working with Cornell University and the Workforce Development Institute of New York to host this Green Jobs forum on Thursday, June 25, 10:00am to Noon. The forum will be broadcast to Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations located in 14 counties across New York State via Cornell's distance learning network. The forum is free and open to the public. Information on the following topics and issues will be addressed:

* what is meant by the term "green jobs"
* where and in what sectors of the economy do they exist
* information on available training programs
* what does the future look like for the "green jobs sector"

General information about the workforce development institute and
information about what services are available to the public will also be discussed.

The Green Jobs Forum will also provide information on starting a home performance business. New York State currently has training programs in place and some financial incentives available to entrepreneurs and home improvement contracting firms that want to expand into the home performance field.

We can add two more poly-com sites if any of you with the poly-com equipment are interested in hosting this forum at your county.

Also, if you want a press release/flyer to promote this event for an adjoining county where the event is being hosted let me know and I will send.

Mark Pierce
Extension Associate
E-202 MVR Hall
Cornell University

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