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New lithium proposal can bring jobs to Imperial Valley

IMPERIAL, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Imperial County leaders met today to discuss a proposal that would bring a new lithium plant and the expansion of geothermal projects to the valley.

The county has been producing geothermal energy for California for over three decades. Now, the workforce plans on shifting the focus to new job in the valley.

Imperial County leaders discussed the competition for lithium and geothermal projects all across the world. It’s a long term investment, but even supervisor Ryan Kelley explains that this will also bring around 80 jobs to start.

"When you build a geothermal plant you don’t just have construction we also have ongoing facilities that have substantial paying jobs," he said.

San Diego State University also offering its dedication to the valley.

“SDSU is committed to building its offerings in the valley, its long overdue. We are committed to building a stem facility in the Brawley campus," Mark Wheeler, interim dean of SDSU said.

San Diego State University is supporting lithium and geothermal projects by offering classes to students interested in these types of job opportunities coming to the valley.

Priscilla Lopez, the director of the Imperial County Workforce development says it doesn’t stop there.

“We do have workforce, we have a lot of people that are ready and willing to work, we have five universities around here locally both here and across the border,” she said.

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Wiley Jawhary

Wiley Jawhary is from Orange County California. He joined KYMA/KSWT in April of 2021.

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