A ceremony was held to mark the completion of construction on the Cleantech Innovation Center (CIC) in Oroville, Calif. The newly refurbished 42,000 square-foot, multi-use facility is home to a variety of enterprises aimed at growing a burgeoning green economy in the region.
The center will house groups promoting sustainable and alternative building and construction practices, a worker training facility and classrooms, and a high-altitude wind power research project.
‘In many ways, the CIC-Oroville is a role model project for enterprising communities around the state and country that want to reinvent themselves for the new economy,’ says Barbara Halsey, executive director of the California Workforce Investment Board and Green Collar Jobs Council.
The CIC-Oroville is a flagship initiative of the public-private BayTEC Alliance, and is the first of several centers planned for California. With its training facilities intended to prepare workers for jobs in emerging industries such as green building, solar power and energy conservation, and its research focus on new forms of energy generation, the CIC is seen as a key part of the region's economic rebuilding strategy.
SOURCE: BayTEC Alliance