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Southwest Minnesota PIC awarded $340,000 grant

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has announced $2.7 million in grants to build career pathways for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and low-income Minnesotans into good-paying union trade jobs in the high-demand fields of construction, clean energy and energy efficiency.

"A green economy sets us up for a healthier future while ensuring that all Minnesotans share the benefits of clean and renewable energy. This includes equal opportunity to fill cutting edge jobs that will become available," Walz said. "These grants are helping us build the skilled, diverse workforce we need to achieve 100% clean energy by 2040."

Nine workforce development organizations around Minnesota will receive funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development's (DEED) Clean Economy Equitable Workforce initiative, a new program to develop a skilled, diverse workforce to support the state's transition to a green economy.

A Clean Economy Equitable Workforce grant in the amount of $340,000 was awarded to the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council for power line, solar energy, wind turbine and electric vehicle technician training and home energy efficiency training. The organization has offices in Marshall, Montevideo and Worthington and serves 14 counties in southwest Minnesota.

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