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BANGOR — A community partnership providing energy efficient housing for low income families while simultaneously training new members of Maine’s construction industry workforce is headed for a national stage.
Launched in January, 2010, the Pathways Project is a partnership of 11 Eastern Maine institutions and organizations and has been recognized as a standout in the growing Green Building Program industry. Pathways Project Manager for Eastern Maine Development Corporation Kitty Barbee, Opportunity Maine Co-Director/Founder Rob Brown and Tri Country Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Joanna Russell will present the program’s model, successes and plans for the future February 8-10 at the Fourth Annual “Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference” in Washington DC.
“Good Jobs, Green Jobs” is touted as the “the nation’s leading forum sharing ideas and strategies to build a green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming and confronts other environmental problems, and preserves America’s economic and environmental security.” More than 3,000 people attended the 2010 conference.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the commitment and dedication from the institutions and organizations that have come together in support of this initiative,” says Barbee. “We are very excited to be able to share the Pathways Project concept with a national audience and to represent some of the innovative ideas that are taking shape in our region.”
The Pathways Project for Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties is a $2.1 Million dollar American Recovery & Reinvestment Act grant that will: improve the skills of our region’s construction trades workforce; create jobs and economic opportunities for our workers, businesses, and communities; and create safe, efficient and affordable housing for our neighbors
For more information, call 942.639.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Kitty Barbee

Telephone Number: (207)942-6389

Website: http://www.emdc.org/index.php?id=37&sub_id=152

Email: pathways@emdc.org