Author: GWRCCC Staff 3/30/2023 GRRCCC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IBEW Local 26, Baltimore/DC – Metro Building Trades Council and GWRCCC Hosted Inflation Reduction Act Tax Credits and Workforce Standards Workshop on March 20
Lanham, MD — The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26, the Baltimore/DC-Metro Building Trades Council and the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (GWRCCC) hosted a discussion on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Tax Credits and Workforce Standards on Monday, March 20, 2023, at the IBEW Local 26 Building in Lanham, Maryland.
This workshop was an opportunity for contractors and developers to learn how they can take advantage of IRA tax credits. The IRA includes tax credits and workforce standards for clean energy jobs in the solar, electric vehicle (EV) charging, energy efficiency, fleet electrification, clean energy and renewable energy sectors. GWRCCC, IBEW and the Baltimore/DC-Metro Building Trades Council seek to promote business opportunities for local contractors, with an emphasis on women and minority-owned businesses, by encouraging the creation of clean energy jobs that pay prevailing wages and provide registered apprenticeship training. Increasing awareness of the IRA is an avenue to reach these goals.
This event was an opportunity to increase awareness and provide a forum for local contractors to network and ask questions of leading experts. Union and non-union companies were able to learn and ask questions about the union workforce standards and grants available under the IRA to promote the creation of a clean energy workforce. Keynote speaker, Congressman Glenn Ivey (MD-04), discussed grant acquisition best practices and the importance of creating union jobs in Maryland. Keynote speaker, Betony Jones, the Director of the US Department Of Energy’s Office of Energy Jobs, discussed the unprecedented opportunities that the IRA affords for the clean energy economy and environmental equity.
IBEW Local 26, the Baltimore/DC-Metro Building Trades and GWRCCC hope to host more events similar to this one as more guidance is released on the Inflation Reduction Act. If you are interested in co-hosting a similar event, contact GWRCCC at (202) 671-1580 or go to www.gwrccc.org
“Inflation Reduction Act funds and grants will not only help the local economy, but will improve the region’s clean energy and transportation sectors. As guidance regarding the Inflation Reduction Act becomes available, GWRCCC hopes to help local contractors and developers take full advantage of the funding opportunities available,” GWRCCC Executive Director Antoine M. Thompson remarked.
(Photos left-right: 1. Congressman Glenn Ivey (Md-04) 4. Betony Jones 3. Antoine M. Thompson, Executive Director of GWRCCC 4. Event Attendees)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers boasts the best electricians in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Electricians’ jobs are some of the most technical jobs in America, and Local 26 provides the highest quality technical training to its members. Here at Local 26, we believe in standing up for our members’ rights and always having their best interest in mind. Learn more here https://www.ibewlocal26.org/welcome/
Baltimore/DC-Metro Building Trades Council: Through sustained and collaborative efforts with industry, government, and community leaders – and which are centered upon pre-apprenticeship programs, apprenticeship programs, and the “Helmets to Hardhats” program – the Baltimore-DC Metro Building Trades Council is all about a collective effort to move the needle of industry and social change further in the direction of greater employment opportunity and economic advancement: continuing to allow construction to be a viable family-sustaining career. Learn more here https://www.bdcbt.org/
About The Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (GWRCCC)
Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (GWRCCC) is focused on the Washington, DC metro area. We are one of nearly 80 coalitions in the US that fosters economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Find out more at https://gwrccc.org
Contact: Antoine Thompson, Executive Director
IBEW Local 26
Contact: David Pala, Marketing and Communications
Baltimore/D.C.-Metro Building Trades Council
Contact: Greg Akerman, Northern Virginia Director