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California Green Workforce Master Plan

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Adam Quinonez

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California's Green Workforce Master Plan California's Clean Energy Future
http://www.cacleanenergyfuture.org/2821/282190a82f940.pdf Recommendations California's Intergrated Energy Policy Report 2009
http://www.energy.ca.gov/2009publications/CEC-100-2009-003/CEC-100-2009-003-CMF.PDF Current Recommendation 1 – Evaluate Existing Investments

The Green Collar Jobs Council membership works with the Governor’s Office to identify the resources and necessary metrics to evaluate existing workforce and economic development investments. This step is necessary to ensure successful initiatives and programs are sustained. Conversely, efforts that are not yielding the intended outcomes should be abandoned. The Economic Strategy Panel can contribute to the program evaluation process as well. This task becomes more essential if future interdepartmental investments into workforce and economic development programs are to be leveraged.

Recommendation 2 – Incentivize Regional Economic Development Strategies

The California Workforce Investment Board’s Regional Industry Cluster of Opportunity , which was launched through the Council’s Green Workforce Initiative, along with Business Transportation and Housing Recovery Plans, Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s I-Hub designation, and Strategic Investment Growth Council funding priorities, present the opportunity to define the appropriate state role and governance approach to devising economic development strategy that is more consistent with California economy that is made-up of diverse regional economies. Geographic regions are formed organically by industry clustering. Therefore, to ensure geographic boundaries are not artificially established, they should be designated by data driven analytical process. Moreover, the Council should link the above mentioned regional planning efforts through incentives and technical assistance.

Recommendation 3 – Expand Economic Development Activities

A beginning step has been to raise the general awareness about the state’s diverse economy (Regional Cluster Appendix ##) and to catalog of economic development resources. To continue to move forward, the Council should collaborate with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. An initial task should be to identify the needs of the regional industry cluster employers to inform the necessary policy makers to ensure the State’s mechanisms to deploy its assets are responsive to needs of businesses. This may lead to identifying funding and program gaps that could assist businesses to accelerate the process of “development to deployment.” This is especially challenging for smaller businesses during these difficult economic conditions that is making it difficult to get financing.

Recommendation 4 – Serve As a Focal Point for Leveraged Investment Strategies

The council should build upon existing leveraged investment strategies and bring about new state agency investment partners; such as the existing funding mechanisms utilized by the California Energy Commission, EDD, State Board, and Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Additionally, the Council can bring together some of the critical functions of existing state entities to ensure efforts are leveraged and optimized. The Council due to the expertise and function represented in its membership it has the potential to pull together experienced and trained policy, program, and economic and workforce development professionals to quickly deliver high-quality services.

Recommendation 5: Formation of Green Core Sectors Networks

The Council in support of efforts to support segments of the Green Core Sector, establish networks of industry representatives or practitioners that have developed an expertise in serving a particular sector that could be accesses by educators, policy makers, workforce and economic development professionals.

As part of the Council’s implementation of its State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) grant, it bolstered its membership with advisors from industry sectors that would function as resources for regional teams as they engaged businesses that shared their industry. Additionally, in the Regional Industry Cluster of Opportunity regional teams are engaging in peer-to-peer learning. For example, as Region 1 devise a strategy to engage AB 118 related businesses they are talking to Region 2 for advice because they have experience success in this area.

Additionally, a network could assist participants accessing assistance from the state.
State Board staff can function as a liaison and/or technological solutions can be explored as well (e.g., learning exchanges). New Resources Renewables Portfolio Standard Quarterly Report
A good listing of current and planned renewable energy projects and where they are in the development phase.
http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/NR/rdonlyres/EBEEB616-817C-4FF6-8C072604CF7DDC43/0/Third_Quarter_2009_RPS_Legislative_Report_2.pdf Next 10 Many Shades of Green
Many Shades of Green provides the most comprehensive green jobs accounting to date, systematically tracking the most recent available data on green companies, job type, location and growth across every sector and region of California.
http://www.next10.org/next10/publications/green_jobs.html Outline
I. Introduction to the Green Economy
a. California’s Diverse and Growing Green Economy (LMID – Bonnie)
b. Regional Specialization (LMID – Bonnie)
c. State Collaborative Efforts to Build upon (CWIB Staff)
d. Provide a compelling argument for Businesses to transition to green. Highlight the economic necessity of going green. (GoED – Marty)
i. Producing green products or services; or
ii. Greening their operations
iii. Venture Capital (ARB – Jerry)
e. Provide a compelling argument for Businesses to relocate or start up in California (GoED – Marty)
i. Deliver the message “It’s good to do business here again!
ii. Retention Strategies

II. California’s Green Economy – Touchstone for Innovation and a Thriving Economy
a. Brief overview of state policies to support the Green Economy (CWIB Staff)
b. Brief overview of resources available throughout the state (CWIB Staff)
c. Goals (????- please explain/provide context, if we can’t let’s omit.
d. Current state-level partnerships, future partnerships (Water Resources, Dept. of Ag., Treasurer?, Others) (CWIB Staff with group input)
e. Public Private Partnerships (P3) (BTH – Gregg)
f. (Appendix) Policies impacting California’s Green Economy (CEC/ARB/CalEPA – Sharon, Brandon, Bill/Andrew)
i. Federal Legislation (ARB- Sharon and Jerry/Bill –EPA/Jordan – CEC)
ii. Assembly Bill 32 (ARB –Sharon and Jerry )
iii. AB 375 (ARB –Sharon and Jerry )
iv. AB 1493 (ARB –Sharon and Jerry )
v. Assembly Bill 811 (PACE) (Bill - EPA)
vi. Assembly Bill 118 (CEC - Brandon)
vii. Assembly Bill 1470 (Solar Water Heating) (Bill - EPA)
viii. Assembly Bill 939 Integrated Waste Management (Bill - EPA)
ix. Strategic Growth Council SB 732 (BTH -Gregg)
x. Other Legislation? (EPA – Bill will develop a list of policies that are not listed above that will be a placeholders for GCJC to address under next Administration)
xi. Regulations (Bill – EPA)
g. (APPENDIX) Current and upcoming projects

III. Regional Specialization (LMID/CWIB)
(Note: An overview of regional specialization will be provided in introduction and further detail will be provided in this section)
a. Regional Industry Clusters
b. Next 10 “Many Shades of Green”/LMID Data sets
i. Green outpacing the rest of the economy
ii. Industries by Region
c. Regional Economy Work plans (BTH – Gregg)

IV. Resources available throughout the state (CWIB Staff)
a. Work of the Green Collar Jobs Council (Overview)
i. Long term strategic alignment
ii. Green Workforce Initiative
i. Business Services Catalog (ARB - Jerry/CWIB Staff)
Note: Paul (LWDA) will be providing “BDO” legislative mandate for every state department to provide a list of incentives and funding available to businesses.
ii. Green Training Inventory (CCC- Jose)
iii. Maps and websites (TBD)

Staff will begin draft initial language to speak to the need for an evaluation of existing efforts to identify any “course correction” opportunities. (May move or be restated under recommendations).

VI. Recommendations (CWIB Staff/ARB Sharon)
Staff will draft initial recommendations to be deliberated by the GCJC. Incentivize Data Driven Regional Planning Continue the Sector focused strategy adopted by the California Legislature and the State Board as the ongoing approach to developing a highly skilled and well-trained workforce in support of California's green businesses and economy. Relate the CEC and CPUC plan and Roadmap to State level Workforce Development and Regional Sector Planning Use state, regional, and industry partnerships to create the infrastructure needed to implement investment strategies or further inform relevant policy. Issues driving the green economy Policy, Market Demand, Technology, Executive order to agencies, that are focusing on workforce or have projects with significant workforce implications, asking that they allign with the State Board. Justify new green training programs with local/regional demand. Create a strong state policy framework... Break down organizational silos as; projects are approved
policies are developed
regulations are developed
incentive programs are created how: Communicate via GCJC, workgroup, using the GCJC as a conduit to the Regional Partnerships. Continue to support research
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