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Kaua‘i’s Carbon Footprint and You • Hawai‘i to receive a Workforce grant • Defense budget cuts and Hawai‘i

 

Kaua‘i’s Carbon Footprint and You

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i Planning and Action Alliance will hold its annual meeting June 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Community College OCET Building, Room 106 C and  D.

The public is invited to this free event that will offer a presentation forum on “Kaua‘i’s Carbon Footprint and You” following a brief membership meeting.

A panel discussion will include Eric Knutzen of Ho‘ouluwehi of the Sustainable Living Institute of Kaua‘i, Doug Sears of Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa, Glenn Sato of the County Sustainability Office; Linda Silva, educator, and Pat Gegen, a parent at Kalaheo Elementary School.

RSVP by June 15 at www.kauainetwork.org/event-registration or call KPAA at 632-2005. Sign-in and refreshments begin at 2:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 3 p.m.

KPAA is a nonprofit membership organization that serves as a neutral convener bringing residents, community groups and government agencies together to find solutions and ensure action on difficult issues facing the island.

Hawai‘i to receive a Workforce grant

WASHINGTON — The Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations is to receive a $999,200 grant under the Workforce Data Quality Initiative. The funding is to build or expand longitudinal databases of workforce data and linked to education to help improve overall performance of programs.  

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced Thursday that approximately $12 million in grants awarded through the second round of funding under the initiative.

The funds will enable 12 additional states continue the administration’s focus on access to high-quality data and part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems grants for building longitudinal education databases.

Grantees will be expected to achieve multiple goals during the three-year grant period.

Defense budget cuts and Hawai‘i

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Center for Security Policy released 2011 data last week outlining the economic consequences of mandated sequestration defense budget cuts.

The study, Defense Breakdown Economic Impact Reports, was produced by the nonprofit national security organization. It was created to assist community leaders and citizens in understanding how these defense budget cuts may affect their local businesses and jobs.

The state reports are estimates to show the potential statewide economic impact of defense budget cuts on cities, counties, congressional districts, minority-owned businesses and veteran-owned businesses. Contractor location reports estimate potential job loss based on spending by weapon system, government contracting office, and products and services.

The Hawai‘i summary report notes that defense prime contractors earned more than $2.21 billion in 2011. The report aniticpates revenue losses that could reach $398 million annually.

The report notes there are 431 minority-owned businesses with defense contracts in Hawai‘i. There are 119 small businesses, 121 small disadvantaged, 91 veteran-owned, 33 service-disabled veteran-owned, 17 African American-owned, 21 Hispanic American-owned, 324 Asian-Pacific Islander-owned, and 179 women-owned businesses.

The report advocates against the defense cuts. The complete report is available online at www.forthecommondefense.org.

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