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Iowa workforce leaders to discuss growing "green" businesses

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Over the past few years, Iowa has been laying the groundwork for a new, green economy by trying to define industries and occupations that are specifically "green."  Most of this work has resulted from collaboration and communication among several state agencies, educational institutions, and other stakeholders in the workforce development system.

In December 2008, a committee was formed for the purpose of defining and reporting on Iowa's green jobs.  It was determined that Iowa's green jobs will predominantly fall into four emerging sectors of the state's economy:  renewable energy production, green building construction and retrofitting, sustainable agriculture and natural resource conservation, and energy efficiency.

As part of an interstate grant, the Northern Plains and Rocky Mountain Consortium will be hosting a conference on "Researching the Green Economy" this week in Des Moines.  The objective of the conference is to disseminate the most up-to-date green economy research.  Information will be provided on a wide variety of topics, such as Iowa's renewable energy industry, green construction, new and emerging green technologies, green jobs training, and national green jobs data.   

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