Acting Now for Lasting Change

18 Feb

Sustainability and economic development spurred by manufacturing have recently become more prominent fixtures in the national political discourse. The Obama Administration has made a pitch to the American people (and, to a lesser degree, the U.S. Congress) to start calling for bold action on issues of climate change and to demand a coherent policy framework to retain and attract more good-paying, advanced manufacturing jobs to U.S. shores. How much of this rhetoric translates to action is yet to be seen, but we can start looking at policy interventions and new tools that show promise in these arenas. A few months back, we noted that policymaking at all levels of government takes coordination and collaboration – and this is especially true in the areas of climate change and economic development.

This month, we look at the policy landscape surrounding renewable energy production, new developments in the effort to attract advanced manufacturing clusters, and partnerships that train workers for highly-skilled manufacturing work.  We have also invited Ginny Browne from the Participatory Budgeting Project to give us an update about the participatory budgeting process currently underway in Vallejo. Given the complexities and long-term focus needed to move the needle on these issues, it is clear that collaborative models are best suited to help address some of the most pressing problems. Simultaneous investments in innovation and people are essential elements for success.

Sincerely yours,

Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine A. Perez-Estolano

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