June 9, 2009 By News Report
Green jobs are growing more than twice as fast as other employment, according to a report released today by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Driving the expansion is consumer demand, venture capital and federal and state policy reforms, said Pew in a release.
"A clean energy economy," said Pew, "generates jobs, businesses and investments while expanding clean energy production, increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste and pollution, and conserving water and other natural resources."
Jan Jarrett, president and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future commented on the report -- which ranked that state near the top. "We're behind only California and Texas in the number of green jobs," said Jarrett. "But you ain't seen nothing yet."
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocated nearly $85 billion in direct spending and tax incentives for energy- and transportation-related programs. Additionally, every state offers some form of financial incentive to drive its clean energy economy. Click here for a state-by-state analyses.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.