SEEING GREEN: Green Infrastructure Maintenance Training and Workforce Development Opportunities in Northeast Ohio

Seeing Green reveals that 219 jobs and economic activity in the range of $23 million will be created by Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s (NEORSD) green infrastructure investments. The jobs created to maintain green infrastructure will be sustainable jobs with dedicated funding through NEORSD. It has been shown on a national-level that green infrastructure jobs present an entry point into the workforce that has a relatively low barriers. This represents future potential to create a workforce development program that can target specific populations with historic barriers to employment in the Cleveland area. The report recommend that NEORSD, the City of Cleveland, and private institutions hire graduates of workforce programs for green infrastructure maintenance needs in order to realize true community benefits from public and private investments.

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