SF Bay Area MFR is Guest Commentator on Local Radio Today to Discuss Manufacturing and Economic Development in California

8/31 9:20AM UPDATE: Interview has been rescheduled for next Friday (September 7th at 6:20AM). We will share details soon! 

The Bishop-Wisecarver team is very excited about Pamela Kan's interview on 
KCBS Radio this morning! Tune in to channel 740 AM at 9:20 AM PST or listen live from their website: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/station/kcbs/

Pamela will be discussing the state of California’s workforce, the much needed role of manufacturing in reviving the economy, and her recently announced appointment to Gov. Jerry Brown’s California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB).

In a press announcement released on Wednesday, Pamela Kan said, "
Workforce development is key to the success of our state. It’s important that we close the skills gap so that the manufacturing of today and tomorrow has workers with relevant abilities."

CWIB Executive Director Tim Rainey said that Brown was very deliberate in choosing who would sit on the board. Federal law requires 51 percent of the group’s membership be from the private sector.

“The governor identified people who were not only leaders in their organizations, but respected leaders in their sectors,” Rainey added.

As part of the state advisory board, Kan will influence public policy regarding economic development and job growth in California. She will help oversee the state’s 49 local Workforce Investment Boards that allocate funds received through the federal Workforce Investment Act at a regional level. California sees about $400 million a year through the federal WIA, which distributes money to dislocated workers, the underemployed, at-risk youth and citizens who struggle to find work.

“California’s economy is not a monolith, but several regional economies that compete globally,” said Rainey. “The new state Workforce Investment Board will work to support emerging regional business-government partnerships focused on those sectors with the best potential for lots of good jobs.”

The state WIB will direct the governor on how to target those federal dollars around regional growth industries and synch up California’s economic development efforts with broader reform in education, training, employment support and other economic development efforts.

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