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'Work Green' event offers resources for career explorers, entrepreneurs

Work Green, an event promoting green careers and entrepreneurial activities, will be held Tuesday, May 24, in St. Paul.

The event, which will run from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Parkway N., will include the introduction of a green careers web portal for students, job seekers and teachers.

"Visitors to the green web portal and event participants will be able to research green careers, learn about educational options and network with green organizations," said Mark Phillips, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). "In addition, educators will hear new ideas for encouraging students who are interested in the green economy."

The Work Green event will feature:

Breakout sessions on the green economy in Minnesota and on using the green web portal and other online tools. Jeremy Kalin, a former Minnesota state representative who is the founder and president of Minneapolis-based Eutectics Consulting and co-chair of the Minnesota Green Jobs Task Force, will discuss the future of the green economy.

Results of a green jobs study in Minnesota by DEED, presented by Rachel Vilsack, Twin Cities regional analyst, and Alessia Leibert, lead green jobs researcher. The project was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

Exhibits featuring green products and services, green industries, energy training providers and professional associations.

Work Green is sponsored by DEED and ISEEK, a career, education and job website whose partners include the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

DEED is the state's principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development.