The TVA and Memphis Urban League are teaming up on contractor and workforce training for minorities.

The Memphis Urban League, Inc. on Thursday (Aug. 15) will host an informational meet and greet event to kick off its participation in a partnership to increase minority involvement in energy efficiency and weatherization upgrades.

The unveiling of the partnership linking the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Tennessee Urban League Affiliates (TULA) is set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memphis Urban League, Inc., 413 N. Cleveland St.

The event is designed to drive interest and participation of Memphis-area minority contractors and workforce in the incentive-based TVA/TULA Minority Contractor and Workforce “eScore” Training & Certification Initiative. The paid training will focus specifically on home weatherization and efficiency.

TVA partnered with TULA to implement a statewide effort to span across the TULA service areas of Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.

The MUL is specifically reaching out to minority business contractors in the areas of construction, home improvement/remodeling, roofing and HVAC.

The “eScore” program was developed by TVA to certify contractors to weatherize homes across parts of its 7-state service areas (TN, AL, GA, KY, MS, NC & VA).

Tonja Sesley-Baymon, president/CEO of the Memphis Urban League, Inc., said, “The TVA/TULA partnership has the potential to make a collective and significant difference in impacting business entrepreneurship, economic opportunities and workforce development for the Memphis minority contracting community.”

TVA-Memphis Executive Director Mark Creech said, “TVA is committed to uplifting communities in Memphis, Shelby County and throughout our service area. We are proud to stand alongside such strong partners and community advocates to make this program possible. Together, we can improve the lives of minority contractors and contribute to a stronger workforce in Memphis.”

(For more information on the TVA/TULA Minority Contractor and Workforce “eScore” Training & Certification Initiative, contact the Memphis Urban League, Inc. at 901/272-2491.)