Earlier this week, we reported on how local agencies are rising to the challenge of helping the unemployed, despite their limited resources. Today, in our series, "What's Working," Mike Frazier visits a non-profit Greene County organization that has put 75% of its clients back to work.
The federal stimulus package provided at least $60 billion dollars to develop environmentally sustainable projects. There are state incentives as well. So, the idea behind Wilmington's Green Enterprise Zone was to prepare the town to take advantage of all the funding on offer. Emily McCord sat in on a community meeting, and as part of her series, Wilmington's Homegrown Hope, she reports on how the town is moving forward with going green.
Thursday night, Wilmington officially became a "Green Enterprise Zone". It adopted the plan in response to DHL moving its operations and taking more than 9000 jobs elsewhere. That's where Mark Rembert and Taylor Stuckert come in. They're two recent college graduates who put aside their plans for the Peace Corps to help save their hometown by helping Wilmington go green.
Wilmington, Ohio is still suffering from the economic effects of DHL's decision to stop domestic operations at the airpark there. That's why a community organization is lobbying hard to get help from the federal stimulus package.
The group, called Energize Clinton County, is now lobbying for 30 million dollars from the federal stimulus package. They plan is to weatherize 10,000 homes and create over 1,000 jobs in southwest Ohio. Co-Founder Mark Rembert says this project could create immediate jobs.