The National League of Cities’ Center for Research and Innovation will be holding a free webinar, “Workforce Development for a Green Economy,” on Thursday, June 24 at 2:30 p.m. EST. The webinar is free, but space is limited, so advance registration is suggested. Click here to register.
Details: In many communities, cities are grappling with tough policy questions on how the potential of green jobs can translate into their local economic context and ultimately provide benefits to their citizens. To help cities better understand this topic, this free webinar will explore strategies local leaders can use to assess opportunities within and prepare local workers for careers in a green economy. The webinar will feature the following two speakers with firsthand expertise on green jobs and workforce development.
- Matthew Houghton is the workforce development manager in the Office of Economic Development for the City of Seattle. He will talk about efforts by the City of Seattle in partnership with the Workforce Development Council of Seattle/King County, the Seattle Jobs Initiative, and other organizations to work with local employers to align their green workforce development efforts with the market.
- Joan Fitzgerald is professor and director of the graduate program in Law, Policy and Society at Northeastern University. She specializes in urban economic development and sustainability. Her new book, “Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development,” examines how cities are linking initiatives in renewable energy, green building, energy efficiency, waste management and transportation to job creation, business development and business profitability.
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