Greetings IBEW 569 Members and Supporters:

I have exciting news to share. As clean energy projects continue to break ground in our region, IBEW Local 569 and our industry partners at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) are staying ahead of the curve to make sure local electricians are first-in-line for these green energy jobs.

In fact, IBEW 569 members and the San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter of NECA have announced we will invest an additional $300,000 in 2013 in the Imperial Electrical Training Center to expand skilled training, hire staff and continue to ensure local people are going to work. This raises IBEW Local 569 and NECA’s overall private capital investment in Imperial County to over $1.3 million.

From day one, our priority has been to make sure renewable projects are putting local residents to work first. Thanks to local hire agreements with renewable project developers, hundreds of state-certified electricians, apprentices and trainees from all parts of the County are employed right now building clean energy projects!

Of course, these successes would not be possible without our members’ vision to invest in the Imperial Electrical Training Center, the only state-certified electrical apprenticeship facility in Imperial County preparing local residents to construct solar, wind and geothermal projects.  We look forward to expanding these investments in 2013 and opening new career doors for local residents to go to work in the green economy.

In Unity,

Johnny Simpson

Business Manager

P.S. To see pictures and video of Local 569 members in action building our region’s clean energy future, visit www.ibew569.org!

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