Smart grid will create 2,400 jobs here, mayor says
Recently enacted “smart-grid” state legislation should create 2,400 jobs in Chicago in coming years, as work on upgrading the local electric power network begins, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Commonwealth Edison President Anne Pramaggiore said Wednesday.
At a news conference, officials said the cost of the controversial legislation will be worth it, as construction begins and funds flow into related economic development activities.
For instance, ComEd itself will need more workers, so it’s opening up a new training center on the Southwest Side. The facility will be partly designed via a competition among local architecture students, with winners eligible for internships at the firm selected to manage construction.