Greens Jobs Fair


April 1, 2009

Dear Friends:

On April 20th at 11 am I will be hosting a Green Jobs Fair at SUNY Farmingdale's Roosevelt Hall, located on its campus at 2350 Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale. This job fair is open to students, parents, teachers and community members of all ages who are interested in attaining a career in new green markets.

With unemployment in New York over 7%, we need jobs and we need them now. I believe that the future of our economy lies in green technology and in energy markets. I spend 75% of my time in Congress on energy issues because I believe that our dependence on foreign oil lies at the root of every environmental, economic and national
security threat that we face today. I believe that by transforming our economy and developing green technology markets we can not only create new jobs and secure our country, but America can also regain a competitive edge in international markets.

Further, it is my belief that Long Island and the State of New York have the capability to be at the center of this transformation. My Next Generation Energy Security Task Force, which began as a small group of environmentalists and concerned citizens, has now grown to over 1,000 business owners, professors, politicians and civic groups. Throughout New York State small energy businesses are gaining ground, researching, developing and looking to expand their workforce.

At this Green Job Fair, I will also be joining SUNY Farmingdale in unveiling a new Green Job Bank. This website, will help green businesses post their openings online for job seekers to search through. Starting April I st there will be a form available for businesses to submit their green job postings, and on April 20th the site will go live for anyone to search through.

By bringing together business owners and job seekers, we can cultivate a new and green collar workforce. This workforce will be a key component in creating new jobs and developing new green energy markets while reducing our dependence on foreign oil. If you can attend this Green Job Fair or if you are interested in setting up a booth for
your green business please RSVP to Jennifer Pastrich at (63 I )951-2210 or at I look forward to seeing you on April 20th and putting New Yorkers back to work in a new green economy.

Steve Israel
Member of Congress