Item 3a- federal and State Policy Developments & Opportunities Governor’s 2013 Economic Development Initiative

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Item 3a- Federal and State Policy Developments & Opportunities

Governor’s 2013 Economic Development Initiative


July 11th, 2013

SAN DIEGO – Taking action to help create jobs and grow California’s economy, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined businesses and working Californians from throughout the state today in San Diego to sign legislation that revamps the state’s economic development program.

“This legislation will help grow our economy and create good manufacturing jobs,” said Governor Brown. “Through our great university system and through the companies we have, California can build on the strength of intellectual capacity. Let’s get to work!”

The legislation (AB 93 and SB 90), which received broad, bipartisan support in the Legislature, establishes the Governor’s Economic Development Initiative. The Initiative will help bolster California’s business climate and put Californians to work by establishing the following:

• Sales Tax Exemption: A statewide sales tax exemption on all manufacturing equipment and research and development equipment purchases for biotech and manufacturing companies;
• Hiring Credits: Hiring credits for businesses in areas with the highest unemployment rate and poverty; and
• California Competes Investment Incentives: The opportunity for California businesses to compete for available tax credits based on the number of jobs to be created and retained, wages paid in those jobs and other factors.

The Governor joined business leaders, legislators and workers today at San Diego-based Takeda California, a wholly owned subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Japan's largest pharmaceutical company and one of the top 15 pharmaceutical companies in the world.

“By providing a hiring tax credit and a state sales tax exception on innovative tools, the new law will allow Takeda California to pursue staffing levels and collaborations with local universities that we would not have been able to afford otherwise,” said Takeda California President and Chief Science Officer Dr. Keith Wilson.

“With the signing of today’s bills, California now has real economic development programs in place that create new jobs,” said California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski. “And not just any jobs. Good jobs, middle class jobs, jobs that build communities and rev up our engine of economic growth.”

“The Governor’s economic package signed into law today will be invaluable to enabling small and mid-size California life science companies to be more competitive in the global market,” said BIOCOM President and CEO Joe Panetta.

The new Initiative will be funded by redirecting approximately $750 million annually from the state’s outdated and ineffective Enterprise Zone program.

The legislation garnered widespread support among businesses and labor organizations, including: Northrop Grumman Corporation; IBM; Advanced Micro Devices Inc.; Bay Area Council; Bay Bio; Biocom; Bloom Energy; California Healthcare Institute; California Labor Federation; California Teamsters Public Affairs Council; Genentech; Gordon Biersch Brewing Company; Intel; International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; International Longshore and Warehouse Union; International Union of Operating Engineers; PhRMA; Silicon Valley Leadership Group; State Building & Construction Trades Council of California; Unite Here!; United Food and Commercial Workers; Utility Workers Union of America; Webcor Builders and the Wine Institute.

The Governor’s Economic Development Initiative follows a strong record of pursuing regulatory changes and legislation to improve the state’s business climate. Since taking office in 2011, the Governor has approved legislation to modernize the workers’ compensation system, the regulatory and fee structure for the timber industry, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance requirements and the facility inspection process for the life sciences industry. In addition to these legislative actions, Brown has established the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) as the state’s lead economic development office to advance business opportunity in California and enacted administrative changes to streamline the oil and gas drilling permitting process.

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Career Pathways Trust

The Career Pathways Trust (CPT) is a $250 million appropriation in the 2013-14 Budget Act to fund competitive grants for high schools, community colleges and

their business partners to create pathways to careers in high-need and high-growth economic sectors. Grants will be available over a three-year period, and may be spent by grantees through 2018.

Following years of cuts to education programs and career education in particular, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg proposed and won this significant new commitment to preparing students for the jobs of the future.

The goal of the CPT is to build stronger connections between businesses, California schools and community colleges to better prepare our students for the 2 1 st century workplace. The CPT addresses two pressing problems in California's education system:

  1. Skills Gap. California's unemployment rate is nearly 10%, yet employers in the state face a shortage of skilled workers in occupations requiring scientific, technical, engineering or math (STEM) skills, which are projected to be the fastest growing occupations in the next decade. There is a gap between the skills and capacities acquired in school and those most in need in the workplace.

  2. High Dropout Rate. Statewide, almost a quarter of new ninth-graders drop out before graduating. Many who do finish high school lack the academic and technical readiness to succeed in college and career, and require remedial education in college. Pathway programs that engage students in real-world work have been shown to increase academic success and persistence in school.

Administered by the California Department of Education, the CPT will improve educational achievement and workplace readiness of our students by placing a greater emphasis on career-based learning as a central mission of public education in California.

Many "linked learning" and CTE programs operating, in California today have demonstrated improvement in the future prospects of their graduates. These programs, however, have had limited success in attracting meaningful business support, and rely on minimal state appropriations that have experienced sharp cuts in recent years.

The CPT provides substantial new incentives to create and strengthen education-business partnerships that provide students with relevant, engaging, applied education, including opportunities for work-based learning (ie apprenticeship or internship). Eligible grant activities/expenditures include:

  1. Work-based learning specialists who can act as brokers between businesses and schools/colleges seeking placements for students.

  2. Creation of regional career pathway partnerships involving businesses, schools and colleges.

  3. Iniegration of academic and career-based learning, with a focus on career pathways in job-rich economic sectors.

The California Department of Education expects to issue a "request for applications" (REA) to potential applicants in January, 2014.

School districts, colleges and their business partners are encouraged to begin planning for this opportunity now.

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Adult Education Consortium Program

AB 86 Overview

The 2013-2014 State Budget appropriated $25 million to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) to allocate funding for two-year planning and implementation grants.  The funds will be provided to eligible consortia for the purpose of developing regional plans for adult education.  Assembly Bill 86 (AB 86) outlines expectations for consortium development as well as planning and implementation requirements to establish the Adult Education Consortium Program.  The intent of AB 86 is to expand and improve the provision of adult Education –via these consortia- with incremental investments starting with the 2015-16 fiscal year.

The CCCCO and the California Department of Education (CDE) are working in partnership to implement the requirements outlined in AB 86.  The agencies jointly established an AB 86 Cabinet to guide and oversee the activities of a Work Group that will develop a comprehensive Request for Application (RFA). As they develop the RFA, the Work Group will consult with expert panels relevant to each issue and various organizations will be asked to participate in a Stakeholder Sounding Board. Please see the links below for information on the Cabinet, Work Group, Stakeholder Sounding Board, and Expert Panel.

The Cabinet and Work Group will ensure a transparent process is used to listen to and inform the field throughout the development of the RFA. The RFA is scheduled to be released near the beginning of the new calendar year. Town hall meetings, informational webinars, field surveys, and a listserv will be among the venues whereby all stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide feedback and input to the process.  Additionally, individuals who wish to provide feedback are encouraged to do so by using the orange Feedback button to the left of this screen. For more information regarding the legislation, please review the Legislative Overview on this site and the full text of the AB 86 Bill.   Please continue to reference this site for new developments and details relating to this process

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Youth CareerConnect Grants

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

November 19, 2013
Building America’s Next Generation Workforce

To compete in today’s global economy, America’s students need deep knowledge and skills that will prepare them for college and the jobs of the future. Yet far too many of America’s students are not meaningfully engaged or motivated in their academic experience while in high school. Many high school graduates lack exposure to learning that links their work in school to college and careers—especially in the critically important fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Moreover, many of America’s international competitors offer students a more rigorous and relevant education in their middle and high school years.

In his 2013 State of the Union address, the President laid out a new vision for America’s high schools, proposing funding to scale up innovative high school models and partnerships with colleges and employers so that all students graduate better equipped for the demands of a high-tech economy. Today’s global economy requires new approaches to teaching and learning in America’s high schools to foster problem solving and analysis, to support creativity and collaboration, and to connect student learning directly to the real world. A 21st century education and workforce system must challenge students to do meaningful work inside and outside of the classroom, encouraging the persistence, engagement, and achievement that will put all students on track for college and careers.

Today, as part of achieving the President’s goal of redesigning high schools to ensure students are prepared to succeed in post-secondary education and in a competitive workforce, the U.S. Department of Labor is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Education to make $100 million available for Youth CareerConnect grants to provide high school students with the industry-relevant education and skills they need for a successful future.

The Youth CareerConnect grant program is designed to encourage America’s school districts, institutions of higher education, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for America’s youth. Youth CareerConnect schools will strengthen America’s talent pipeline through:

  • Integrated Academic and Career-Focused Learning: Grants will provide students with education and training that combines rigorous academic and career-focused curriculum to increase students’ employability in in-demand industries and prepare them for employment, post-secondary education, long-term occupational skills training, or registered apprenticeships. 

  • Work-Based Learning and Exposure to the World of Work: Strong partnerships will provide work-based learning opportunities.  In addition to actual work experience, youth participants will also participate in field trips, job-shadowing, or other types of opportunities that provide students with exposure to different career paths and prepare them for the world of work.

  • Robust Employer Engagement: Employer partners will provide work-based learning and mentoring, creating a path for students to in-demand industries and occupations including those in information technologies, advanced manufacturing and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields . Employers will also work closely with schools on professional development and training for staff to drive the sustainability of the program over the long term. 

  • Individualized Career and Academic Counseling: As an integral part of the program design, students will be provided with individualized career and academic counseling experiences to strengthen their career and post-secondary awareness and explore opportunities beyond high school.  

  • Integration of Post-secondary Education and Training: Students will participate in education and training, while they are still in high school, that leads to credit toward a post-secondary degree or certificate and an industry recognized credential, where appropriate. 

The Department of Labor will use up to $100 million in revenues from the H-1B visa program to fund approximately 25 to 40 grants for individual or multi-site projects. Grants will be awarded to local education agencies, public or non-profit local workforce entities, or non-profits with education reform experience. All grantees will have to demonstrate a strong public/private partnership, and must include, at a minimum, a local education agency, a local workforce investment system entity, an employer, and an institution of higher education. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to employers, foundations, and others in building their applications and leveraging the federal investment. At a minimum, applicants will also be required to provide a match of 25 percent of the grant award.  Awards are anticipated to be made in early 2014 for program implementation to align with the 2014-15 school year.

This announcement builds on the President’s broader agenda to strengthen education to better prepare young people for college and careers:

  • The Administration’s efforts to redesign high schools were unveiled in the 2013 State of the Union address and FY2014 Budget Proposal, in which the President called for $300 million in new funding at the Department of Education to transform the high school experience for America’s youth through a whole school redesign effort.  This effort, currently before Congress, would challenge high schools and their partners to rethink teaching and learning and put in place learning models that are rigorous, relevant, and better focused on real-world experiences. 

  • Today’s announcement also builds on ongoing efforts by the U.S. Department of Education to reform America’s Career and Technical Education system through a reauthorized Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act, aiming to leverage change in the federal government’s $1 billion investment each year to usher in a new era of rigorous, relevant, and results-driven CTE programs. 

To apply for funding, please visit

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CCEPD 12/12/13 Meeting

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