Learn how Mississippi is growing green jobs

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Green jobs are growing in Mississippi. Experts are looking to see an 18.5 percent increase during the next 10 years, according to a report that will be released at a free conference in Biloxi next week.

Green jobs, those that positively affect the environment, are key to preserving natural resources. As recent economic announcements demonstrate, Mississippi is an emerging leader in alternative energy production.

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The Mississippi Department of Employment Security, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Mississippi State University and Louisiana State University have produced the first extensive green jobs study of the two states.

Mississippi study results will be released at two Green Regional Conferences at the Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University and at the Biloxi Civic Center next week. The free conferences are open to businesses, students, job seekers and anyone else interested in attending.

The study, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, shows how the state is faring in attracting green companies, expanding available green jobs, and providing training and education needed to perform those jobs.

"This study gives us the first in-depth look at Mississippi's green economy," said Labor Market Information Director Mary Willoughby. "Conference attendees will learn about green jobs already created and their projected growth."

Willoughby will be among those presenting at the conferences where attendants will learn how alternative energy business activities are shaping the economy and how emerging green industries will affect job growth and demand.

• Gulf Coast - 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 30 at the Biloxi Civic Center, 950 Howard Ave., Biloxi. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

To register for the conference, visit the Mississippi Department of Employment Security website.

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