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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding a $500,000 grant to the city of Springfield next week.
The presentation of the Brownfields Job Training Grant is scheduled during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at the Missouri Job Center, 2900 E. Sunshine St., according to a news release.
Funded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the grant goes toward the city's Green for Greene training program. The city is adding an additional certification tied to environmental cleanup to the program.
“We are grateful to the EPA for their continued support of the Green for Greene program and the increased investment to expand the program and reach more individuals,” City Manager Jason Gage said in the release. “The job training offered truly changes lives and allows participants to receive up to 14 industry recognized credentials that will help them find higher paying environmental-related jobs."
Officials with the municipality informed City Council in summer 2022 of their plans to apply for the $500,000 grant, according to past reporting.
In February last year, the EPA's Brownfields Job Training Program selected Springfield for a $200,000 grant. With the latest grant announced today, the city will have received five rounds of EPA funding.
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