Seattle Times: Stimulus funds going for green jobs in state

WASHINGTON — Washington state will receive another piece of the $787 billion federal stimulus spending package, this time a $6 million grant to train workers in energy-efficient construction jobs.

The money will be used to pay for 4,700 veterans, disabled or low-income adults and other residents to get certified to work in green industries — one of the fields targeted for investment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama last February.

The grant was announced Wednesday by U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis twice, once with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and separately with U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Bainbridge Island.

Murray said the grant would help the state capitalize on growing demand for energy auditors, insulation installers and other clean-energy jobs.

“Washington is uniquely situated to become a leader in the field of green energy,” Murray said. But “we have to build the workforce before we do anything else.”

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