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.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.