Green jobs effort under way in Chattanooga

Green jobs effort under way in Chattanooga

July 26th, 2012 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

Wayne Cropp

Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press.

Chattanooga officials are ready to use a $300,000 federal grant to train 60 people for jobs in the green sector.

Wayne Cropp, of Chattanooga's Enterprise Center, said they'll begin looking at filling the slots and providing training in areas such as hazardous waste cleanup, asbestos remediation, and brownfield assessment.

In addition, the training could be created in such sectors as nuclear and clean power, including wind, said Cropp, whose high-tech economic development group is administering the grant.

Officials said they'll use the grant that was originally approved by the Environmental Protection Agency a year ago. The funds, however, were held up at the federal level.

"We're giving people skills and training relating to the future," said Mayor Ron Littlefield.

See full story in Friday's Times Free Press.