BANGOR â€” A community partnership providing energy efficient housing for low income families while simultaneously training new members of Maineâ€™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 programâ€™s model, successes and plans for the future February 8-10 at the Fourth Annual â€śGood Jobs, Green Jobs National Conferenceâ€ť in Washington DC.
â€śGood Jobs, Green Jobsâ€ť is touted as the â€śthe nationâ€™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 Americaâ€™s economic and environmental security.â€ť More than 3,000 people attended the 2010 conference.
â€śI couldnâ€™t be more proud of the commitment and dedication from the institutions and organizations that have come together in support of this initiative,â€ť says Barbee. â€śWe 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.â€ť
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 regionâ€™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.
Contact Name: Kitty Barbee
Telephone Number: (207)942-6389