CHICAGO – State Rep. Theresa Mah, D-Chicago, announced the release of funds for the launch of 13 clean energy contractor job creation hubs to be built across Illinois, with some set to begin operation in Chicago soon.
“The jobs created by these clean energy contractor hubs are just one instance of the economic benefits Illinois will see in our role leading the country’s growth of alternative fuel sources,’ Mah said. “Taking advantage of opportunities in emerging sectors is the key to securing a better future for families in this community.”
As part of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), is launching a $21 million dollar program to establish 13 community-based contractor incubator hubs around the state. The hubs are designed to assist clean energy contractors-especially those in underserved areas-with growing their businesses. Ultimately, the goal of this program is to establish an interconnected set of statewide workforce development support systems, and fuel the growth of the clean energy sector in Illinois.
“Chicago’s status as a major economic center makes us ideal to take the reins of a growing technological area,” Mah said. “Following the implementation of CEJA programs and dispersal of funding, I’m anticipating substantial growth in our community and across Illinois.”