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WisBusiness: Panel says green jobs depend on stimulus cash being released quickly

MILWAUKEE -- Green job growth in Wisconsin would be helped by faster government distribution of federal stimulus money, a panel of experts told a business event Tuesday.

But panelists at the "Green Jobs: Growing Wisconsin Employment" event generally were optimistic about the future of high-paying jobs linked to a green economy. About 180 people attended the event at Discovery World.

Tom Boldt, CEO of Oscar J. Boldt Construction in Appleton, said to date few of the stimulus dollars have entered the local marketplace. But he said 2010 looks like a strong year. Michael Lovell, dean of engineering at UW-Milwaukee, said federal agencies have been overwhelmed, having to process billions of dollars without additional personnel.

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