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Denver's Green Job Growth Provides the ONLY New Jobs

Solar Colorado predicts the total nationwide solar employment will increase by more than 20% over the next year.
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Denver's monthly economic summary for November 2010 points to some positive headlines about Colorado, including a recent Forbes article indicating that Colorado is the fourth best state in which to start a business.

New jobs in the eco-tech sector, particularly at Vestas America's Colorado plants, also provide some uplifting news affirming the success of the state's broadbased economy.

US Vestas locations:

  • Sales and service headquarters for USA and Canada in Portland, Oregon
  • Technology R&D office in Houston, Texas
  • Towers factory in Pueblo, Colorado
  • Blades factory in Windsor, Colorado

Other Vestas locations in USA:

  • Nacelles factory in Brighton, Colorado
  • We have plans to establish a research center in the USA

Colorado's New Energy Economy

Denver's so-called 'New Energy Economy' was highlighted in  the nonprofit Solar Foundation's recent report that finds that Colorado has the sixth-largest number of workers in jobs related to solar power, employing 5,300 workers.

Solar Colorado predicts the total nationwide solar employment will increase by more than 20% over the next year.

According to Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, if it weren't for green jobs, Colorado's economy would simply not be growing right now.

"It's the only area where we have any growth right now," said a spokesperson. "When you have a company like Vestas that is creating jobs and maintaining jobs, that's a big deal."

According to the EDC report, "The gain in jobs between August and September 2010 occurred largely because jobs added in the state and local government sector - specifically, seasonal jobs in public education employment - offset seasonal losses in leisure and hospitality, construction, manufacturing, and financial services."

For more information about the latest economic summary, click onto http://www.metrodenver.org/metro-denver-economy/monthly-summary


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 11/29/2010
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