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Senator Sherrod Brown Plans to Reintroduce the SECTORS Act

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January 19, 2011
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown Announces Plans to Reintroduce the SECTORS Act
by Jim Torrens, Insight Center for Community Economic Development / NNSP

During a tour last week of First Solar, an Ohio-based manufacturers of thin-film solar modules, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced his plans to reintroduce the SECTORS Act, which would represent the first Congressionally-authorized investment specifically in sector initiatives.

"As we transition to a clean energy economy, it’s critical that workers have the training to meet the demand for skilled jobs," said Senator Brown. "That’s why I plan to reintroduce the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act – so that talented Ohioans can get the skills they need to hold good-paying jobs at places like First Solar."

Senator Brown has been a longtime champion of the sector approach and was the original sponsor of the SECTORS Act when it was first proposed in the Senate in 2008. Last year, the Act passed the House of Representatives on a unanimous voice vote but did not reach a vote in the Senate.

For more information on the SECTORS Act, see Senator Brown’s recent press release or this summary from National Skills Coalition.

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