The SJVCEO's connection to the U.S. Department of Energy has been relatively close with recent EECBG work but could grow should we win funding for the Greening Main Street program. The proposed initiative is an ambitious move to provide "green" business assesments and upgrade and certify commercial downtown districts in the economically hard hit San Joaquin Valley. The idea is to bring energy efficiency savings to businesses and make them more competitive. Jobs and revitalization are hoped to follow. Entrepreneurs could, of course, do this on their own. But everybody could use a boost. The grant was submitted last month, and we hope to know relatively soon whether the bid is successful. The photo is a shot of downtown Reedley, one of the cities participating in the program. It appears courtesy of the city.