June Forums to Bring New Energy Jobs to Downstate Illinois
Last year, the Future Energy Jobs Act was passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by Governor Rauner. This is one of the most comprehensive energy bills in the country. Now, an additional $200 million per year will be available to build new solar and wind facilities in Illinois, creating more good paying jobs; preparing a workforce with competitive skills; and expanding the state’s legacy as a top energy producer.
Looking to the Future - Growing New Energy Jobs Downstate offers an opportunity to learn how to leverage available resources in order to bring new energy jobs to central and southern Illinois. This forum will be offered at four downstate locations, and is open to mayors, county board members, economic development directors, and community leaders. Information presented at each of the four locations will be identical:
CENTRAL ILLINOIS LOCATIONS
5250 Shepherd Rd
Illinois Central College
Administrative, Academic, and Technology Building
1 College Dr
East Peoria, IL 61611
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or call Pam Richart at 217.607.1948 to register by phone.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS Agenda Growing New Energy Jobs Downstate
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS LOCATIONS
June 13, 2017 • 9am to 4pm (doors open at 8:30)
John A. Logan College Conference Center
Room F 103
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, IL 62918
June 14, 2017 • 9am to 4pm doors open at 8:30am)
Southeastern Illinois College
Room B137/Private Dining Room
3575 College Rd
Harrisburg, IL 62946
What to Expect
Each forum will feature a panel of experts who will:
- Explain the job-creating components of the Future Energy Jobs Act.
- Highlight opportunities for job-creating renewable energy, energy efficiency projects, and the potential for carbon farming (agricultural greenhouse gas emissions offsets).
- Identify funding sources (both state and federal).
- Discuss workforce training programs and small business development assistance available from state and local agencies.
Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions, Inc., was keynote for the southern Illinois sessions. Aur shared his his experiences in helping to bring solar energy to southern Illinois. Afternoon sessions will be interactive, helping community leaders begin to think about opportunities for creating new energy jobs in their communities.
Cindy Winland, Delta Institute, will be the keynote speaker for the central Illinois sessions. Delta is a non-profit organization that works to build a resilient economy through sustainable solutions. As Director of Community Planning, Cindy focuses her work on coal transition, urban infrastructure, and sustainable development.
These June forums will be followed by others in July that will help community leaders build capacity; identify potential obstacles; and take advantage of opportunities identified in this initial round.
Each venue has a maximum capacity, so don’t wait! Community representation by two or more people will maximize the effectiveness and reach of the afternoon roundtables.
Delta Institute ● Eco-Justice Collaborative ● Illinois Environmental Council ● Prairie Rivers Network ● Illinois Chapter, Sierra Club