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Grant money to help spark regional electric vehicle industry

Silicon Valley was awarded one of five statewide grants last month to invest in the electric vehicle industry.

In recognition of the rapidly growing industry, the state awarded NOVA Workforce Development a $250,000 grant in June to promote electric vehicle innovation, company growth and regional economic prosperity, according to a press release.

The grant will allow Sunnyvale-based NOVA and two other workforce agencies to work with key stakeholders to identify skills required within the industry and to develop training to meet those demands.

“This opportunity enables us to contribute to the growth of an exciting regional industry that has a potential of developing a global competitive advantage,” NOVA director Kris Stadelman said in a statement.

Work2Future in San Jose and the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board are also working alongside NOVA.

The grant is part of a $1.5 million initiative by the California Workforce Investment Board and the California Energy Commission to develop regional strategies for supporting industry clusters that produce alternative fuels and electric vehicles, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the dependence on petroleum, according to NOVA program manager Luther Jackson.

The EV cluster in Silicon Valley includes Tesla, traditional auto companies engaged in EV research and development, utilities, EV charging station companies, research labs, and venture capital firms.
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