SOURCE: California Business Ventures

California Business Ventures

February 11, 2009 03:58 ET

Former Undersecretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency to Chair Newly Created California Green Collar Jobs Council

Barry R. Sedlik Is President of California Business Ventures, a Pasadena-Based Firm Concentrating on Smart Growth and Transit-Oriented Development

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - February 11, 2009) - The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency has announced (Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009) the appointment of Barry R. Sedlik to chair the California Green Collar Jobs Council. The formation of the Council stems from last year's passage of former Speaker Fabian Nunez's bill, AB 3018.

"I look forward to working with the Council and stakeholders across California to build upon the great advantages California has already achieved in advancing green industries," said Sedlik. "Devising a strategy to expand sustainable green jobs is a critical task in the current economy. We need to make sure these jobs provide a springboard for future careers and are not just one-time jobs in response to a short-term economic stimulus."

Describing the charge of the Council, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said, "The Green Collar Jobs Council will work with leaders in education, workforce development and business throughout the state to ensure California is on the leading edge of the new green economy -- and able to meet the job demands it brings."

California is expected to receive its share of the $838 billion economic stimulus package, which is before Congress. A sizeable portion is expected to focus on green job training and workforce skills in support of infrastructure projects, renewable energy development, and energy innovation. Sedlik has already met with dozens of representatives from local job resource centers and state and local agencies that attended a symposium held in Irwindale, CA on job development sponsored by the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board.

For more on the story and the complete roster of California Green Collar Jobs Council visit: http://tinyurl.com/bnub8y

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