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CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1359

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2010

Job Training in Home Weatherization Available

The City of Kansas City, Mo. in partnership with the Metropolitan Energy Center and the Office of Applied Innovation, OAI, Inc. will offer a job training in the areas of Energy Conservation and Home Weatherization to Kansas City, Missouri residents.

The energy conservation and home weatherization training will begin July 15 and run through September 3. This training is geared towards contractors who are interested in competing for home weatherization opportunities, as well as unemployed or underemployed workers who are interested in working in this industry.

Information sessions for interested contractors and trainees:

    June 7, 6-9 p.m., Gregg-Klice Center, 1600 John “Buck” O’Neil Way, Kansas City, Mo.

    June 8, 6-9 p.m., Independence City Hall, Conference Room D (lower level), 111 E. Maple Avenue, Independence, Mo.

    June 15, 6-9 p.m., Green Impact Zone Offices, 4600 Paseo Boulevard, Kansas City, Mo.

The City of Kansas City, Mo. is scheduled to receive an additional $3.5 million in economic stimulus funds for home weatherization in the next year in addition to the $9.1 million already granted to the City.

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“The job training is timely in that new contractors as well as existing contractors seeking to expand needed work force capacity can tap into these newly energy educated students,” said Bob Jackson, Manager of the Housing Department Property Preservation Division. “We will make sure our contractors know that these resources are forthcoming,”

According to Jerry Shechter, Office of Environmental Quality, “the City was awarded a grant from the US Department of Energy in the amount of $20 million to provide energy efficiency retrofit improvements and a range of related support services to any building owner in targeted areas. This is not a grant program but is, instead, focused on making energy efficiency improvements an integral part of the home/business improvements market.”

The Home Weatherization Training Program will ensure Kansas City residents and contractors are able to compete for future weatherization jobs.

“This training is desperately needed in our community,” said Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks. “So many of our residents, as well as contractors will benefit from this training.”

The training will include a thorough introduction to Building Science and the technologies of residential energy conservation, 40-hour Hazardous Waste, Lead for Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP), as well as, remediation and safety certifications.

Funding for the Energy Conservation and Home Weatherization Training Program comes from the Environmental Protection Agency, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

For more information about the training program, please contact Thalia Cherry, City Manager’s Office at 816-513-1378 or Warren Adams-Leavitt, KC Project Director for OAI, Inc. , 816-225-4573 or w.adamsleavitt@yahoo.com.

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