This is getting a bit redundant in this area but Massachusetts and Boston city officials just authorized another bill that would contribute millions to funding Clean Technology manufacturing. The Mass Clean Technology Center will be funded by 13 millions dollars over five years and should increase clean manufacturing jobs in the state. A state, which by the way, increased its job creation faster than the national average over the past year.

 

Here is the post by Boston.com

Gov. Deval Patrick is joining with House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi and Senate President Therese Murray to push a new initiative to create more so-called “green jobs” in Massachusetts.

DiMasi filed the bill that would direct $13 million a year over the next five years into a new Massachusetts Clean Energy Technology Center.

The money would be used to provide grants and financing to help colleges develop clean energy studies and spur clean energy manufacturing in the state.

DiMasi said renewable energy and green jobs are key to the state’s future economy.

Murray said the Senate is working on another related bill that would help train lower-skilled workers for employment in the green jobs sector.

“Beantown to Greentown” Mayor Menino

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          Today, I take a look at my hometown. I believe I can make a difference most in my own community. Impacting the lives of the people I associate with seems more within my grasp. That’s why when the city of Boston sponsors green economic development, I am personally excited. It means that my community is doing something for the environment and is spending their money on renewable alternatives.

          My favorite so far is the urban compost center that will be the first of its kind. It will capture heat from a compost heap made of local restaurant scraps and yard waste and turn it into energy. The co2 that burns off will contribute to a greenhouse full of plants located above the compost pile. They have made plans to install wind turbines on the roof of city hall and there are other initiatives as well.  Also Massachusetts based Evergreen Solar has announced it will double its size and add 350 jobs.

In the article they also cite that

“Besides Evergreen, the state recently attracted a wind blade research facility that will be built near the Tobin Bridge. In addition, Greatpoint Energy, a Cambridge company that specializes in coal and natural gas conversion technology, is building a pilot facility in Somerset, MA.”

          It seems like communities across the country are looking to be the leaders in renewable energy and green business practices. I have read the phrase “If we take advantage of the green movement, we can put (insert region) at the forefront of growth in this industry” or something like that by writers from Buffalo, Vermont, Ohio, Indiana, and New Mexico. California and Oregon seem like they are already at the forefront. Hot weather desert states have the sun while the plains are looking towards corn and wind. Detroit has said they want to be at the forefront and think they have what it takes.

          I don’t want to get too historical but besides the analogies to the Industrial Revolution, I’ve also heard the “space race mentality” term being thrown around a bit too. All of these states, along with private corporations, are competing to be leaders and create a competitive advantage. This type of competition also speeds up the progression to a Green Collar Economy.