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IREC's New i-Awards to Celebrate Innovation, Ingenuity, Inspiration in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is reaching out across the U.S. for nominations to recognize the nation's Best of 2013 - Innovation, Ingenuity, Inspiration in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The prestigious awards will be presented during IREC's October meeting, in Chicago, with more than 10,000 expected participants.
The award categories:
IREC Certified Clean Energy Instructor/Trainer of the Year: honoring excellence in clean energy education and training for individuals holding the IREC Credential for Instructor Certification.
IREC Accredited Clean Energy Training Program of the Year: honoring excellence in clean energy training programs holding the IREC Credential for Accredited Training Programs
Community Renewable Project of the Year: honoring innovative community projects enabling many individuals to enjoy the benefits of renewable energy from a single or aggregated project.
State & Local Government Initiative of the Year: recognizing innovative state or local government policies, programs, regulations, legislation, that advance the sustainable growth of the clean energy infrastructure.
Closing the Divide Project of the Year: celebrating innovative projects that recognize the fundamental link between energy efficiency and renewable energy that can lead us down the path to our clean, sustainable energy future
Applications are available online. Applications should be submitted by July 1, 2013.
HUD Announces Technical Assistance Organization to Support the “Strong Cities, Strong Communities National Resource Network”
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has published a notice in the May 9, 2013 FEDERAL REGISTER identifying Maryland-based Enterprise Community Partners as the recipient of $9,879,360 in support of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities National Resource Network
HUD notes in part:
… One of four key components to the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative (SC2), the SC2 Network is a capacity building program targeted to assisting the nation's most distressed communities. The SC2 Network will function as a central portal to connect distressed places to a wide-array of national and local experts who would help communities address their broad economic challenges. As described in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the SC2 Network, HUD will make one award of approximately $10 million to an entity or consortium to execute the SC2 Network. The grant will be awarded as a cooperative agreement for a three-year period …
… On November 28, 2012, a SC2 Network NOFA was posted on Grants.gov announcing the availability of approximately $10 million in FY 2012 to administer the program. The Department reviewed, evaluated and scored the applications received based on the criteria in the NOFA. …More …
National Fund for Workforce Solutions to Hold Annual Meeting in Atlanta on June 11-13; Plans to Unveil Strategic Blueprint for Helping Low-Income Individuals in the Labor Force
National Fund for Workforce Solutions to Hold Annual Meeting in Atlanta on June 11-13; Plans to Unveil Strategic Blueprint for Helping Low-Income Individuals in the Labor Force; Invites Communities Interested in Joining Network to Attend
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS) will hold its Third Annual Meeting on June 11-13, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga. This year’s theme, “Partnering for Prosperous Communities,” will highlight NFWS-supported, business-led workforce collaboratives and industry partnerships that are creating career opportunities for more than 18,000 low-income individuals in 30 communities across the country, as well as helping employers close the nation’s skills gap. It will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel from 12:00 p.m. Tuesday through 2:00 p.m. Thursday.
At the Annual Meeting, NFWS will unveil its 2.0 Strategic Vision for 2013-2017, offering a national blueprint for driving practices, policies and investments to improve family-supporting career opportunities for low-wage and unemployed individuals, provide employers with skilled workers and advance local economic development over the next five years. Participants will hear from experts on how to develop successful workforce funding collaboratives and workforce partnerships. They will discuss innovative workforce development practices and programs in advanced manufacturing, health care and other key sectors. Plus, a special plenary session will provide the latest information available regarding the federal budget for workforce programs.
On Wednesday, June 12, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy will present the plenary luncheon keynote address. Gov. Malloy, also chair of the National Governors Association’s Committee on Workforce and Education, will share his state’s workforce policy initiatives, as well as his role in helping to shape federal policy around workforce and education issues.
In addition, three national awards will be presented to groups that have demonstrated exceptional workforce development success: Chairman’s Award for Exemplary Collaboratives, Partners Council Awards for Exemplary Industry Partnerships and Investor Committee Awards for Systems Change.
“The NFWS Annual Meeting is an important forum in which national and regional economic and workforce development leaders exchange ideas and innovative practices with the goal of getting people back to work and on the path toward greater economic prosperity,” said Fred Dedrick, NFWS executive director. “We look forward to welcoming a diverse array of participants who are interested in learning about how to develop regional funder collaboratives, build effective industry partnerships, measure the business impact of training investment and create a talent supply chain for communities.”
“We strongly encourage communities who are currently involved in or interested in becoming part of the NFWS network to come and network with workforce, education, business and philanthropic leaders from around the U.S. to learn how communities are pooling resources and partnering together to address employer workforce needs, create opportunities for workers and contribute to economic development,” said Milton Little, CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta and co-chair of the Atlanta CareerRise, a National Fund regional collaborative that serves the 13-county Greater Atlanta region.
Registration can be made online at http://www.cvent.com/d/lcqfw5. The cost is $200 for a one-day attendance; $425 for the three-day meeting. More information can be found at http://nfwsolutions.org/meetings/3rd-annual-meeting. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and allow for deeper levels of involvement. The meeting is being held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel and a special hotel group rate is available until May 10.
Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative Releases Profiles of Organizations Working to Improve Job Quality in Health Care, Residential Construction, Retail and Restaurant Sectors
The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative passes along the following advisory for those in the workforce community involved in improving low-wage jobs in their labor markets.
The Initiative has released four profiles of organizations working to improve job quality in the direct-care, residential construction, restaurant and retail industries. These profiles were developed in conjunction with the Reinventing Low-Wage Work: Ideas that Can Work for Employees, Employers and the Economy discussion series that was hosted by AspenWSI in 2012 and early-2013 with support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Ford Foundation. Recordings of the events, which included leaders from the organizations mentioned above in addition to employers, industry experts and journalists, can be viewed on-line here.
Profiles of the Direct-Care Workforce and PHI
This report provides an overview of work in the direct-care industry and profiles PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute), an organization dedicated to improving employment for direct-care workers in the U.S.
Profiles of the Residential Construction Workforce and the Workers Defense Project
This report details the dynamics and challenges of the residential construction industry and provides a profile of the Workers Defense Project, a non-profit and membership-based organization based in Austin, Texas that seeks to provide low-wage workers, particularly those in the construction industry, with resources to improve their working and living conditions.
Profiles of the Retail Workforce and the Retail Action Project
This report illustrates the state of low-wage work in the retail industry and provides a profile of the Retail Action Project, an organization striving to improve job quality in retail.
Profiles of the Restaurant Workforce and Restaurant Opportunities Center United
This report details the state of low-wage work in the restaurant industry and provides a profile of Restaurant Opportunities Center- United, an organization striving to empower low-wage restaurant workers, employers, and consumers to collectively improve job quality in the industry.
NGA Updates “State Clean Energy Actions” Report; Announces New Companion Database with “Best Practices”
The National Governors Association (NGA) has provided released a 2012 update to the State Clean Energy Actions report.
With the release, NGA also unveiled a new database that compiles state clean energy actions to help governors and their staff identify best practices. The database is searchable by state, category and policy lever (e.g., law, regulation, executive order).
NTIA Releases Broadband Adoption Toolkit; USDA RUS Amends Regulations for the Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released its Broadband Adoption Toolkit, a document aimed at sharing best practices developed from broadband adoption and digital literacy projects funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). Leveraging the experience of about 100 communities served by BTOP to benefit the entire nation, the Toolkit gives practical ideas and tools for overcoming barriers to getting more Americans online access.
Since its creation, BTOP funded $452 million in grants to cities, libraries, nonprofit organizations, colleges and other groups for projects to teach Americans the digital literacy skills they need to be competitive in the 21st century economy, and to promote the benefits of and provide access to high-speed Internet through public computer centers.
NTIA collected many of the best practices developed by BTOP grantees to create the Broadband Adoption Toolkit. This report gives guidance to communities and organizations across the country on how to structure the most effective broadband training programs, set up the most productive computing centers and teach people to use technology to improve their lives. The 68-page publication includes chapters on program planning, outreach, training and curriculum with many practical ideas and tools for bringing new groups online. NTIA utilized the contributions of nearly 40 programs in the toolkit.
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) within the Department of Agriculture has amended its regulations for the Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program. The purpose of this regulatory change is to provide the Agency the ability to target limited resources to geographical as well as technological areas of need. This rule is not applicable to Community Connect grant applications filed for funding prior to the publication of a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) under this regulation.
The May 3, 2013 FEDERAL REGISTER contains the rule; the rule is effective on June 3, 2013.
Department of Justice Announces Grant Opportunities to Support Juvenile and Adult Reentry
The Department of Justice has recently announced several grant opportunities of potential interest to the workforce community:
ETA Seeks Comment on Trade Act Participant Record (TAPR)
The Employment and Training Administration has published the thirty-day notice for the Trade Act Participant Report (TAPR), requesting public comments by May 31.
The TAPR is a data collection and reporting system that supplies critical information on the operation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program and the outcomes for its participants. Information is required to be collected by State, and is used by Federal, State, and local, agencies to report program management information to the Congress and other Federal agencies, and to improve the effectiveness of job training programs. The current information collection requests minor technological changes to the current TAPR.
Click here for the January 15, 2013 thirty-day notice.