Delaware Renewable Energy Sector Receives over $2 Million from Commerce Department to Create Jobs
August 26, 2010
Contact: John Atwood, (202) 482-4085
WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $2.47 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to Delaware Technical & Community College in Dover to build a Renewable Energy Education and Technology Center that will serve as the hub for the college's Energy Management Program. The project expects to create 300 jobs and generate up to $1.5 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.
"Supporting job-creating, innovative research and development at our colleges and universities is vital to our competitiveness," Locke said. "This grant will help spur innovation and entrepreneurship by training former auto industry workers and preparing them for jobs in the emerging green economy."
The Renewable Energy Education and Technology Center is the third in a series of investments to create a statewide network of renewable/alternative energy education and technology centers.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov): This year, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) marks 45 years of public service, with a mission of leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that partners with distressed communities throughout the United States to foster job creation, collaboration and innovation.