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State Policy & Green Jobs 1.0: Economic and Workforce Development

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  1. State Policy & Green Jobs 1.0: Economic and Workforce Development EARN Annual Conference December 9, 2008 Jeannine La Prad, President & CEO

  2. State of Michigan 2004-2009 • Greater Impact of Globalization • Loss of manufacturing jobs; declining wages • Changing Demographics • Stagnant population; aging workforce • Earnings tied to Learning • Basic skills and credentials correlate with wage gains • Less Secure Labor Markets • Increase in unemployment, underemployment; bigger holes in safety net

  3. State Response to Challenges • Increasing the number of jobs • Increasing capital available for new firms and commercialization efforts • Increasing skills and educational attainment of existing workforce • Improving the quality of existing and emerging jobs • Shoring up safety net for meeting basic needs

  4. State Economic Development Policies and Programs • Capital Market Development • Venture Capital; 21st Century Investment Fund; Angel Networks • 21st Century Jobs Fund • Development & Commercialization of New Technologies • in Life Sciences; Alternative Energy; Advanced Automotive, Manufacturing, and Materials; and Homeland Security and Defense • Centers of Energy Excellence Program

  5. State Workforce Development Policies and Programs • Creating targeted industry strategies (Michigan Regional Skills Alliances) • Helping dislocated workers transition to new jobs (No Worker Left Behind) • Increasing access to education and training for TANF recipients (Jobs, Education, and Training) • Supporting Working Families (Minimum Wage Increase; State EITC)

  6. Emerging Green Economy & Jobs: State Policy Levers

  7. Green Jobs: Intersection of Investments, Policies, and Programs

  8. Green Jobs, Skills Potential Impact on Families, Firms, and Communities

  9. Michigan Clean, Green Energy & Economic Development • September 2008 Renewable Energy Package • Implemented Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) mandating state use a minimum level of renewable energy • Launched 21st Century Job Fund to provide funding to alternative energy business / start-ups • Creation of SmartZonesSM and Business accelerators to encourage and support alternative energy business & start-ups • Providing tax credits and tax breaks for creating or using alternative energy • Focusing on wind, solar, and alternative energy either through energy generation or component manufacturing

  10. Michigan Clean, Green Energy & Workforce Development • Launch of the No Worker Left Behind Green Jobs Initiative • The two primary goals of this initiative are to: • Help companies in the renewable energy and other related sectors grow by providing them with a strong supply of well-trained, highly-skilled workers and • Continue to grow a more diverse, sustainable economy for Michigan.

  11. MI NWLB Green Jobs Initiative: Objectives • Increasing the number of industry sectors and businesses that have or are creating green jobs; • Supporting urban renewal and the creation of green jobs and training opportunities for a diverse mix of people; • Aligning and increasing the resources and expertise needed to grow the workforce capacity for these emerging and changing jobs; • Investing in worker education and training to prepare for green jobs; and • Increasing education and training capacity to support green job growth.

  12. MI NWLB Green Jobs Initiative: Defining Green Jobs • Alternative Energy Production and Efficiency, which includes jobs in wind energy; bio-fuels and bio-materials; solar and energy storage; energy efficiency; and advanced technology vehicles. • Green Building Construction and Retrofitting, which includes jobs in energy efficient building, construction, and retrofits; energy efficiency assessment serving the residential, commercial, or industrial sectors; materials recycling and reuse; architecture and design; land use/site analysis; building materials; and construction/rehab. • Agriculture and Natural Resource Conservation, which includes jobs in food systems (production and distribution); green chemistry; water quality; forest, land, and water management; and Brownfield redevelopment.

  13. MI NWLB Green Jobs Initiative: Key Investments & Activities • Working with Business and Industry to Create Green Sector Skills Alliances • Investing in Worker Education and Training to Prepare for Green Jobs • Increasing Education and Training Capacity to Support Green Job Growth • Supporting Green Jobs Related Research, Information Sharing, and Learning • Labor Market Research, Green Jobs Conference, and Information Clearinghouse

  14. MI NWLB Green Jobs Initiative: Leveraging Regional Assets • Mid-Michigan – Solar Array, Hybrid Vehicle Components, Biodiesel, Clean bio-fuel, and bio-energy technology; integrated manufacturing; and welding technology. • Southeast Michigan – Transportation and energy technology; energy management (including wind, bio-fuels, solar and geothermal, and facilitates management); and alternative energy power generation and delivery systems. • West Michigan – Wind energy generation technicians; wind turbines, photovoltaic energy, and energy management; construction technology and LEED certifications; alternative energy and renewable resources (organic farming, sustainable design and construction). • Northern Michigan – alternative energy technicians; alternative energy business incubator; and government services and energy efficiency.

  15. Making Energy Efficiency a Priority • New Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic • Identify, develop and deploy energy efficiency programs and practices to: • Reduce energy consumption, energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, • Create business opportunities, and • Create jobs for the unemployed and underemployed. • Leverage economic, workforce, and community development resources.