ROANOKE, Va. — Two of the state's top elected officials put the focus on jobs today in western Virginia.
U.S. Senator Mark Warner touted training for green energy jobs during a stop in Buena Vista. Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling highlighted construction of a fiber optic network in Alleghany County.
Both projects were funded with federal stimulus dollars and both, supporters say, have implications for economic development.
"The wind flows coming down off the Virginia Coast are some of the best wind opportunities on the whole East Coast," Warner said as he was briefed on a Dabney Lancaster Community College program that trains wind turbine technicians.
"I think over the next 25 years there's going to be more jobs and wealth created around the world in the energy sector than any other sector," Warner said, "and it would be a shame if America ceded that leadership in areas like renewable energies or just plain old energy conservation to other countries like China."
His visit to Buena Vista Tuesday afternoon highlighted a five million dollar federal grant to the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board. The funding will provide workforce training for a thousand people in 10 counties and six cities.