Representative Brian Baird (WA-03) announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $5,000,000 in grant funding to the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership for its proposed Renewable Northwest (ReNW) Energy Training Partnership program.

Rep. Brian Baird

Rep. Brian Baird

The grant is estimated to train and educate approximately 1,700 dislocated and unemployed Washington and Oregon workers to meet the needs of employers in renewable technology.

Rep. Baird had this to say:

Investing in renewable technologies not only stimulates new domestic industries but also promotes economic development and reduces our dependence on foreign oil. During tough economic times and record unemployment in Southwest Washington, projects like ReNW help bring quality, up-to-date energy training and education to our workers.

Read the full release at Natural Resource Report.