The White House, Washington, D.C.

Friday, June 19, 2009

June 19, 2009

The White House, Washington, D.C.

            On Friday June 19th, the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs & Public Engagement and the Council on Environmental Quality hosted a Green Jobs and Clean Economy Briefing for minorities.  By invitation, members of NCME’s Board of Directors and representatives of other key organizations met with administration officials to discuss opportunities for participating in Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) programs and grants in the green jobs and energy area.

            NCME was represented at the briefing by Chairman Ezekiel Patten, Past Chairman Jerry Curry, Treasurer Frank Torbert, Jr., Secretary Spencer Jordan, General Counsel Bill Bethune, and by Board members Frank Geary, Suyen Pell, and Joe Chow. 

            Our delegation made meaningful contacts at the Briefing with government agencies that will be administering grants and projects and with non-profit groups with whom we can potentially partner in seeking grant dollars for green job training and sourcing in the energy area.  Information on stimulus programs and dollars may be accessed at    

Although not every agency is at the same pace, the Department of Labor (DOL) in May released information concerning its plans to distribute the $500 million for "green jobs" training that was included in the Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  This should be a rich source of funding for green job training programs, and those programs should prime the pump for green job sourcing efforts.  DOL's guidance ( is designed to help potential grant applicants prepare to apply for the funds.  The actual Solicitation for Grant Applications should be made available later this summer.  Much of the funds will pass through state channels of distribution. 

We will be following up and monitoring activities at the federal level.  We need the assistance of our members in monitoring activities at the state level. 

            Chairman Patten has set up a task force to clear information and assess opportunities for NCME’s members.  Persons interested in serving on this important task force should contact Zeke,, Jerry Curry,, or Joe Chow,

            Stay tuned for more to come.            



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