U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced nearly $55 million in green jobs grants, of which Connecticut will receive about $130,000.
The funds are being authorized as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The grants will support job training and labor market information programs to help workers, many in underserved communities, find jobs in expanding green industries and related occupations.
The six New England states, New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico will share a total of about $7 million.
Hartford-based Coopportunity, Inc. is receiving $69,933, while Bridgeport-based The WorkPlace, Inc, is receiving $59,894.
"Today's announcement is part of the administration's long-term commitment to fostering both immediate economic growth and a clean energy future. It's an investment that will help American workers do well while doing good," Solis said. "These grants provide an immediate return, and they are part of a larger green initiative that will help lead to increased job placements and promote economic growth."