The City of Springfield is set to receive nearly $110,000 to support workers impacted by power plant or mine retirements established under the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act with strong support from State Senator Doris Turner.
“When CEJA passed, we knew the energy transition was going to affect Springfield’s jobs, economy and community,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “This vital investment will help ensure that jobs and job trainings are available for the hardworking men and women in Central Illinois.”
The $40 million program was designed to meet the needs of individual localities by addressing the economic and social impacts of plant closures. The $108,636 coming to Springfield can be used on a variety of initiatives and investments, including workforce initiatives, housing support, business attraction efforts and more.
As part of the program, Springfield will develop detailed plans for the grant funding – which includes stakeholder engagement, a detailed project design and budget which outlines specific intended uses for the funds. The community stakeholder engagement process is a critical element designed to ensure grantees solicit community input and consult with a diverse set of stakeholders to best support those most impacted by energy transitions.
To learn more about the Energy Transition Community Grant Program, click here.