Atlanta, GA – Today, the Stacey Abrams for Governor campaign released the “Advanced Energy Jobs Plan,” the first in a series of economic development proposals to create high wage jobs in all 159 counties.
“Georgia’s next governor must pursue a bold and diverse array of economic policy proposals to help ensure no Georgian has to work more than one full time job to make ends meet, and catalyze high paying jobs in all 159 counties,” said Stacey Abrams. “We can imagine more for our state and create an economy that leads the nation in advanced energy jobs. From construction and coding to sales and installation to engaging farmers and former factory workers, these are jobs already familiar to Georgians. Under our plan, we will leverage existing and new investments to take advantage of home-grown advanced energy and innovative technologies. With my leadership as governor, Georgia will find smart solutions to fix an economy that has left too many families and communities behind.”
You can read the plan HERE: www.staceyabrams.com/advancedenergyjobs
The Advanced Energy Jobs Plan will:
1. Generate significant job growth through advanced energy generation, innovative technologies and energy efficiency efforts;
2. Train and retrain workers for good-paying jobs in advanced energy sectors such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydro; and
3. Coordinate state and local action and develop public-private partnerships for greater impact across the state to implement advanced energy solutions.
Impact on Workers
· Create New Jobs from Manufacturing to Coding: Advanced energy creates career pathways from the entry-level to high skilled across fields and sectors, including initial estimates of 25,000-45,000 jobs. Georgia will expand access to well-paying careers in manufacturing, system design, project development, construction, and installation and operations – all critical to an advanced energy economy. The manufacturing-intensive advanced energy industry promotes work for engineers, machinists, coders and installers, but also administrators, accountants, truck drivers, sales force, and a range of other occupations.
· Develop a Stronger, More Resilient Workforce: Workforce training, apprenticeships, and partnerships with labor and educational institutions will ensure opportunities exist for workers, and Georgia will follow best practices to ensure women gain representation in these non-traditional occupations for women.
· Reach Every Region of Georgia: Advanced energy jobs can be developed across the state of Georgia. Already, places like Mitchell County and Tybee Island have leveraged advanced energy to create new jobs and opportunities through solar, and Georgia’s successful timber industry has created a sustainable market for biomass. Hydro, wind, solar and biomass energy have economic impact across the state, and with collaboration and focus, can become engines of prosperity for more Georgians.
Impact on Consumers and Taxpayers
· Ease Adoption of Advanced Energy and Lower Utility Costs: Georgia will increase ease of adoption of solar and clean energy sources, which can lower the cost of utilities for the average user. By state law, Georgia allows financing for property owners, who may use loans for energy efficiency improvements and make payments on the loan through property tax assessments, but implementation has lagged. Georgia will work with local governments to increase the energy efficiency opportunities for Georgians.
· Generate Savings for Taxpayers: Georgia will adopt green government initiatives that foster energy efficiency and reduce waste, which will not only create jobs but also save taxpayer dollars. Simple action like updating building codes, examining power grids, and shifting to purchasing clean energy vehicles can amount to savings for taxpayers.
Impact on Communities
· Improve Local Economic Opportunity: Clean energy jobs can exist across the state and create micro-economies to support struggling communities. Local governments can use advanced energy to retrain workers and create local jobs, and the positive economic impacts can remain local.
· Harness Local Natural Resources: From wind and hydro opportunities in North Georgia, to biomass in South Georgia and solar capacity across the state, advanced energy innovation uses natural resources in a sustainable manner. Farmers and timberland owners have already begun to use existing landholdings for access to solar farms, and with the right partnerships, Georgia can more effectively utilize our varied topography.
Georgia leaders from across the state are in support of Stacey Abrams’ plan for our economic future:
“Stacey Abrams understands that fostering advanced energy jobs is critical for the long-term economic growth of Georgia, as this will create high quality jobs across fields and sectors, from manufacturing and construction to coding and operations, in every community across the state,” said Mitch Byrd, Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 926 and President of the Georgia State Building and Construction Trades. “Stacey Abrams is the best choice for those who seek a fairer, more diverse economy, and one that is thriving in rural, suburban and urban communities. She is a qualified leader who has the best interest of our families in mind. I look forward to seeing her policies in action.”
“Rural Georgians deserve the opportunity to find high-quality, good-paying jobs where they live,” said Representative Darrel Ealum (D-Albany). “Stacey Abrams’ plan to empower local communities to create jobs at home – without relying on corporations from out of state – is a strong step towards making sure forgotten parts of Georgia get the access to the economic opportunity they deserve. From farmers in Colquitt to laid-off factory workers in Stewart and job seekers in Dougherty, Stacey Abrams has a bold vision for how Georgia can put all of its families back to work.”
“Communities in South Georgia, from Camilla to Tybee Island, have already benefited from growing their local economy with solar energy,” said Representative Al Williams (D-Midway). “Stacey Abrams’ plan to expand advanced energy opportunities across the state is essential to helping us build a modern economy where good paying jobs are available to everyone, and not just a select few.”
“Advanced energy jobs are a good commonsense way to make sure that more Georgia workers have access to a good paycheck,” said Senator Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta). “Stacey Abrams knows that is what progressive leadership is – thinking about what everyday Georgians need and then working every single day to find solutions to their problems.”