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Jun 302010
 

From Green Right Now Reports

The California Department of Labor has awarded the San Diego region a $4 million grant to implement new workforce training programs for careers in the emerging biofuels industry.

The San Diego Biofuels Initiative, a collaborative effort including CleanTECH San Diego, BIOCOM, San Diego Regional EDC, San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology and the San Diego Workforce Partnership, captured the grant through the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency’s “Green Innovation Challenge.”

The San Diego Biofuels Initiative’s proposal, Educating and Developing Workers for the Green Economy, will provide education, training and placement services to unemployed and dislocated workers within San Diego and the Imperial Valley.

The program was one of five selected to receive a portion of the $20 million in grants funded through the State’s Contingency Fund and the Federal Workforce Investment Act.

A June 2010 analysis of the algal biofuels R&D in the region, conducted by the San Diego County of Governments’ economic bureau, reports that the industry currently provides 410 direct jobs and $56 million in direct economic activity and $108 million in total economic activity annually.