The primary function of workforce development within an organization or across a community is to equip the workforce with the skills and capabilities needed for the future. A vital part of the IGND is addressing the new job needs created by the transition to new energy sources.
The City had an early win this year, satisfying their sub-goal of launching the Cornell Cooperative Extension Energy (CCE) Warriors Green Workforce Training (Roots of Success) workforce preparation and green energy education program. The second sub-goal of Establishing a Green Jobs Corridor has passed the due date without funding being secured or plans established. The corridor has been geographically defined and a coalition of workforce development organizations from within the corridor has been established. Regional clean energy summits and job fairs have been taking place across the state, including the Greater Binghamton Clean Energy Summit on September 27. Locally, Tompkins County has an active local workforce development council led by CCE.