Lujan Grisham Announces $600,000 Grant for ICAST for Green Retrofit Training
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that ICAST (International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology) a non-profit company was selected to receive $600,000 to provide training to workers in the construction industry to expand its capability in providing green retrofit services for their customers.
ICAST received the grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. The money will be used to provide classroom, on-line and on-the-job training to small construction companies serving rural and distressed communities across the state to better prepare them for entry and expansion in green retrofit services.
"Small business expansion is a key factor in revitalizing our sluggish economy," says Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham. "New training offers the opportunity to provide new services. In addition to the training, ICAST also plans to offer $5 million of green rehab business opportunities to these small contractors so they will have hands-on experience in this area."
"We are honored to be working with the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration to bringing 100 new jobs to New Mexico. This is an opportunity to work with local contractors and teaching them the basic of green rehab service and to provide much needed improvement to low income mufti family properties," says Matt Naughton, ICAST Business Development Executive.
ICAST has a 13-year history providing technical expertise in the green construction industry that includes energy auditing, installation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation and indoor air quality upgrades to existing buildings.