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NECA, IBEW to invest more in Imperial Electrical Training center

A plan to expand training, hire staff and promote the hiring of local residents for the building of clean energy projects in the Imperial Valley has led to an additional investment in the Imperial Electrical Training Center by the center's two biggest supporters.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 announced Tuesday that it will team up with the National Electrical Contractors Association to invest $300,000 in the center through 2013, raising the two organizations’ combined capital investment in Imperial County to more than $1.3 million.

In a release, IBEW Local 569 Business Manager Johnny Simpson said investments in local hire agreements are “significant in a county with the highest unemployment in California,” and that they’ve already helped employ hundreds of Imperial County electricians, apprentices and trainees as the county has become a favorite for renewable energy projects.

Andy Berg, NECA San Diego’s executive director, called Imperial County an example of a green economy success story.

“By expanding our training investments in the county, not only are we opening new career doors for local residents, we are expanding the local pool of skilled electrical labor which is a win-win for the community, renewable developers and our industry,” Berg said.

IBEW Local 569 represents more than 2,500 members in San Diego and Imperial counties.

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