Geographic Solutions is proud to announce the launch of Version 11.1 of the MARC Green Consortium, a real-time employment and labor market information web portal. The MARC Green Consortium site is a cross-regional coalition committed to preserving the economic vitality of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The portal launched Version 11.1 in May 2011 and can be found by visiting www.MarcGreenWorks.com . The MARC Regional Green Jobs Portal features Labor Exchange for Job Seekers, Career and Education Services, Labor Market Information, Advanced Level 3 Job Spidering (Job Aggregation), and Green Job identification. Broadly defined, “green jobs” are jobs involved in economic activities that help protect or restore the environment or conserve natural resources. These economic activities generally fall into the following categories: Renewable energy, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reduction, pollution reduction and cleanup, recycling and waste reduction, agricultural and natural resources conservation, education, compliance, public awareness, and training. These economic activities result in the production of green goods and services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics defined these to include: Direct green goods and services, indirect green goods and services, specialized inputs, and the distribution of green goods. The MARC Green Consortium will conduct a regional survey to define the area’s green economy by identifying green jobs, their requirements and other occupational characteristics at the state, regional and local levels. This baseline measure – along with an estimate of the impact of green technology and other green investments on job creation - will be used to track job growth and contribute to the development of a regional green workforce development plan. Established in 2008, MARC is a regional organization guided by the leadership from the State Workforce Agencies for the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its focus is to enhance the economic vitality of the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. An initial focus of the MARC is to prepare the region for federally-mandated Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) activities.15 Geographic Solutions is a rapidly-growing software development company based in Palm Harbor, Florida. Geographic Solutions is the nation’s leading provider of software solutions for workforce development, employment and training. The Company has developed state-of-the-art systems for employment and workforce development agencies for more than 30 states. Our software is now available to over 75% of the job seekers and employers in the country. For more information, visit www.geographicsolutions.com or call 727-786-7955.