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MANUFACTURER AWARDED TAX CREDIT FOR BIOLA EXPANSION

Published On November 5, 2018
Written By Gabriel Dillard

NutriaAg has been awarded a $180,000 state tax credit to help expand its manufacturing facility in Biola, just west of Fresno.

Headquartered in Toronto, NutriAg makes and distributes environmentally friendly fertilizers and plant nutrients. It opened its Biola plant in 2015.

The tax credit is part of the California Competes program, which is administered through the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, or GO-Biz. The credit is aimed at businesses that want to locate or grow in the state.

As part of the tax credit agreement, NutriAg plans to invest $1.62 million in its expansion plans over the next three years, as well as hire at least seven new employees in that span.

All together, GO-Biz on Monday approved $70 million in tax credits for 17 companies that would create more than 2,000 jobs.

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $39.5 million tax credit — the largest single tax credit in the program’s five-year history. The company has committed to adding 450 new jobs in addition to retaining over 2,400 existing employees in its “Skunk Works” operations near Palmdale.

The next application period begins on Jan. 2, 2019 with $75 million in tax credits available.

For more information, visit this blog from the Fresno County Economic Development Corp.

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Large tax incentive seals the deal for new hotel, conference center in Oakhurst

BY WILLIAM RAMIREZ

Pathways to high-quality jobs for young adults

Martha Ross, Kristin Anderson Moore, Kelly Murphy, Nicole Bateman, Alex DeMand, and Vanessa Sacks

Helping young people prepare to engage in work and life as productive adults is a central challenge for any society. Yet, many young people in the United States—particularly those from low-income or less educated families—find that the path to employment and economic security in adulthood is poorly marked or inaccessible.

Using an advanced methodology and longitudinal data, this report examines two main questions:

  • The quality of jobs (as measured by wages, benefits, hours, and job satisfaction) held by 29-year-olds who experienced disadvantage in adolescence
  • Whether particular employment, education, and training experiences in adolescence and early adulthood predict higher-quality jobs for 29-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds

We found that while most 29-year-olds are employed, background matters. Among those who were disadvantaged as adolescents, 79 percent are employed at age 29, and among those workers, 38 percent have high-quality jobs as measured by our job quality index. Their counterparts—29-year-olds from non-disadvantaged backgrounds—fare better: 90 percent are employed, and 48 percent of those have high-quality jobs.

29-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to have high-quality jobs

Job quality among those from disadvantaged backgrounds varies by race and ethnicity: 21 percent of blacks have lower-quality jobs compared to 13 percent of whites and Hispanics. However, after controlling for education, training, work experience, and other characteristics, the gap in job quality scores between blacks and whites disappears, further emphasizing the value of equipping all young people for success in the labor market.

Authors

Turning to our second question, we identified the following factors as associated with higher quality jobs among 29-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds: 

Post-secondary education. Consistent with other research, this analysis finds that college degrees (associate, bachelor’s and graduate) are the strongest predictor of a high-quality job among young adults who were disadvantaged as adolescents, highlighting education’s potential as an equalizing force.

Internships, apprenticeships, cooperative education, and mentoring in high school. These work-based learning (WBL) experiences incorporate positive relationships with adults as supervisors and mentors. It is notable that they affect job quality a decade later, given that the effects of training programs sometimes fade over time.

Earlier experiences in the labor market.Having a job as a teenager (ages 16 to 18) predicts higher job quality in adulthood, as do higher wages at age 23. Given that the analysis controls for education, work experience, and other characteristics, the wage finding suggests that regardless of a young person’s education or work history, early good jobs (as measured by wages) lead to later good jobs.

Based on these findings, this report showcases key investments and education and training reforms that would provide more young people with a full range of opportunities as they develop and grow, and better prepare them to tackle the problems and jobs of the future.

Expand work-based learning within high school. Well-designed work-based learning (WBL) experiences enable adults to provide students with developmentally appropriate and incremental guidance that helps them develop the skills that employers seek in new hires. Moreover, it can link students to employers and contacts they would likely never reach on their own, especially if they and their families have limited social and professional networks

Increase completion rates of post-secondary degrees, with an explicit focus on quality and equity. The road to completion must run through quality teaching and curricula, since completion goals otherwise can be gamed by diluting curricula or screening out less-prepared students.

Improve on-ramps to employment for teens and young adults, particularly for those without post-secondary credentials. These on-ramps to employment can take many forms. In addition to the work-based learning programs in high school referenced above, nonprofits and community-based groups can offer them as well, and such organizations may be especially appropriate for older youth who are past high-school age and unsure about college. Programs for these young adults not in high school or college typically offer work readiness and technical skills development, often in combination with academics, mentoring, supportive services, and paid internships or stipends. Well-designed programs align training with local employer needs and look for employment opportunities with potential for advancement.

Promote further research and action on the role of positive relationships in employment and training programs for youth and young adults. Assess the feasibility and value of embedding supportive relationships between young people and caring adults as core principles in education and workforce programs. While it is not new or controversial to say that positive relationships are critical to human development, fostering and supporting such relationships is not always reflected in program design, funding, and implementation.

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One Million Workers: Looking into the future of California’s skilled workforce

NOVEMBER 01, 2018 BY ED COGHLAN


(Photo Credit: Energize Colleges)

The California Economic Summit’s challenge to train one million more skilled workers is a reflection that the Golden State’s workforce needs to be better prepared for the jobs in our fast changing 21st-century economy.

During the past year, Summit team members traveled the state with Van Ton-Quinlivan, executive vice chancellor for Workforce and Digital Futures, California Community Colleges, to discuss the future of workwith employers, leaders and educators in nearly two dozen different areas of California.

“Having completed 22 Future of Work MeetUps in cities of all types across California – urban, rural, suburban and affluent to struggling – I can attest to a common angst as communities anticipate how artificial intelligence and increased automation will impact the workplace,” said Ton-Quinlivan. “Employers and workers both want a playbook to future-proof and increase economic resiliency.”

Workers face several barriers, among them financial challenges and fitting college studies in between work and life responsibilities. These workers are “stranded” by technology and can’t access the current community college system because they either don’t have time to commute to school because of family and work obligations or simply because they live too far away. There are over eight million stranded workers in California, with 2.5 million of those under the age of 35.

Governor Brown signed legislation creating a California online community college to create a more flexible approach to competency-based education that can help many of them realize the California Dream.

“The online college is designed to let students go as fast as they want, with flexible start times to earn an industry valued credential, ” said Van Ton-Quinlivan.

Employers in the state not only have an immediate need to fill the skilled workers pipeline, but a fast-changing economy where employees must be reskilled often to keep pace with technological and competitive advances.

The Community Colleges are consolidating and expanding their work with California employers in ten different economic sectors to make sure that the system is nimbler in developing and offering Career Technical Education courses that can help meet that demand.

For the 2018 California Economic Summit attendees, who will gather in Santa Rosa on November 15-16, will have developing a skilled workforce prominent on its agenda.

Having more skilled workers not only meets the demands of employers but also creates more middle-income jobs, which can help more working-class Californians expand the state’s shrinking middle class.

The Summit is also exploring workforce innovations in the gig economy, which is attracting tens of thousands of workers to flexible but irregular employment. This rapidly growing sector is employing more and more people with upwards of 30 percent of the workforce already engaged in the gig economy. Businesses save resources in terms of benefits, office space and training. But what about the employee? What does their future look like? The Summit will dig into that issue.

To help students and workers advance careers or stay ahead of workplace automation, the Summit will also examine financial support and other ways to help students’ complete programs sooner at lower personal costs and make it easier to tap into training dollars. The Summit plans to discuss how current workforce and education investments, including financial aid policies, needs to be significantly re-imagined, elevating lifelong as a key tool to ensure our workforce and state can compete with the evolution of technology.

Finally, one of the winners from this year’s second annual Partnerships for Industry and Education (PIE) Contest – a competition to honor employer-education partnerships across the state – will lead a discussion on ways the Summit network can grow, strengthen and institutionalize successful partnerships. Public-private partnerships are another pivotal way for California to ensure a competitive workforce.

The California Economic Summit has emerged as the only statewide venue with a comprehensive agenda for taking on the challenges of our time: reducing income inequality, increasing economic security and community resiliency in a time of climate change, bolstering wealth generation, and restoring upward mobility.

http://caeconomy.org/reporting/entry/one-million-workers-looking-into-the-future-of-californias-skilled-workforc

 

New Industrial Building to Be Built at the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center

Tejon Ranch Co. and Majestic Realty Co. form a new joint venture to construct a 580,000-square-foot Class-A industrial facility

TEJON RANCH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 2, 2018– Tejon Ranch Co. (NYSE: TRC) announced today a third joint venture agreement with Majestic Realty Co., the nation’s largest privately-held industrial developer, this one to build an approximate 580,000-square-foot speculative industrial building at the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center (TRCC).

The new building will be located next to a 480,480-square-foot building Tejon and Majestic built in 2017 and subsequently leased to Dollar General and L’Oréal USA in 2018. Dollar General’s lease effectively increased its footprint at TRCC by 40-percent, as it currently leases more than 600,000-square feet in a separate building located on the west side of Interstate 5. L’Oréal USA is moving its SalonCentric operation from a facility in Valencia, about 40 minutes south of TRCC.

“Given the success with our most recent building, and with the demand we’re seeing out of Southern Californiaand elsewhere, we wanted to move as quickly as possible to bring another new building online,” said Joseph N. Rentfro, Tejon Ranch Co.’s Executive Vice President of Real Estate. “Whoever occupies the space will find an abundant and high-quality labor pool to draw from and the opportunity to apply for tax incentives through the County of Kern’s AdvanceKern initiative, as did L’Oréal USA, which was approved for $2.3 million in tax rebates.”

“There continues to be a very tight market in terms of both available product and land available for the development of large scale distribution centers in Southern California,” said Majestic Realty Co. Senior Vice President, Brett Tremaine. “The Tejon Ranch Commerce Center features turn-key sites for distribution, manufacturing and e-commerce operations that allow users to serve southern and northern California, as well as all 11 western states, from one location, and as we believe many more companies currently located in the Los Angeles basin, like SalonCentric, will want to avail themselves of the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center’s strategic location and outstanding labor pool, it’s important to have a building ready for them.”

The building’s 34-acre site has more than 2,000 feet of frontage along the east side of I-5, just a half-mile north of the I-5/Laval Road interchange, providing almost immediate access to California’s principal north/south highway, with the ability to serve nearly 90% of California consumers within a single day truck turn. The Class-A cross-dock distribution facility will feature a 36-foot clear height, ESFR sprinkler system, 62 dock high doors, 177 trailer parking stalls and 327 vehicle parking stalls. A 180-foot wide truck court will allow for maximum efficiency and maneuverability.

Construction is expected to begin later this year or early 2019, with completion anticipated in the third quarter of 2019.

Tejon Ranch and Majestic also jointly own a fully-leased 651,909-square-foot industrial building within the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center on the west side of I-5, adjacent to IKEA’s 1.8 million square foot distribution center.

John DeGrinis, SIOR, senior executive vice president of Colliers International will serve as the listing broker for the new development.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181102005085/en/

Kern proposes $3 million hiring incentive for Amazon

Amazon would receive $3 million in local tax rebates in exchange for employing 1,000 Kern County residents at the 2.6 million-square-foot distribution center the retail giant is building next to Meadows Field Airport, according to a proposal released Thursday.

The incentives package, scheduled for a vote Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors, would give annual refunds to one of the world’s most valuable companies in an amount equal to half its combined property, sales and use tax bills — an estimated $575,000 per year before the rebate — for an estimated 11 years.

In exchange, Amazon would be required to create 1,000 new jobs for Kern County residents with an average annual wage of $31,000 per job. At least 900 of those positions would have to be filled by October 2021.

The offer would expire in 30 years if the rebates have not been used by that time. The county could rescind the package at any time if Amazon does not meet and keep up its job-creation obligations under the agreement.

“The strength in the incentive being proposed is the time-bound nature of the job creation, coupled with the requirement that these are NEW jobs for Kern County residents,” county spokeswoman Megan Person said by email. “We have the ability to ensure our residents get these jobs, get paid a sustainable wage and they do it by a specific date.”

The incentive, if approved, would be the second time the county has used the Advance Kern Incentive Program the board created in 2017. The first, approved by the board in August, offered L’Oreal USA $2.3 million in tax rebates in exchange for the company’s pledge to create 155 new jobs at the distribution center it plans to open at the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center south of Bakersfield. No other Advance Kern incentives are currently under negotiation, Person wrote.

County officials confirmed in September Amazon’s plan to open a “fulfillment” center just north of Bakersfield at the 138-acre Landings Logistics Center LLC just north of Merle Haggard Drive. Industry observers have said the center might ultimately employ up to 2,000 people.

Amazon has not publicly confirmed its plan to open a distribution center in Kern. A company representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the incentives package.

John Cox can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter: @TheThirdGraf.

Central Valley companies get more than

Central Valley Business Times

$2.6 Million to train workers

  • Employment Training Panel awards more than $13 million statewide
  • Will see about 9,000 workers trained California’s Employment Training Panel has approved 41 contracts worth more than $13 million to train nearly 9,000 workers.

The largest grant — nearly $895,000 — goes to Applied Materials Inc. in Santa Clara to train 710 workers in the manufacturing of semiconductor chips for electronics and other technologies. Applied Materials uses nano-manufacturing equipment, machines and tools to make input products for semiconductor wafers and chips, flat panel displays, high-density batteries, solar photovoltaic cells and modules, and other electronics.

“We are proud to support innovative businesses by helping them meet their needs for skilled workers,” says Employment Training Panel Executive Director Stewart Knox. “The funds approved address job creation and retention while increasing opportunities for workers through the development of job skills and training.”

Among the training aimed at companies in the Central Valley are these grants that total more than $2.6 million:

  • $187,200 to El Clasificado, a Norwalk-based Hispanic multimedia publication and advertising company, to train 18 workers in Kern, Fresno, and San Bernardino counties in business and computer skills. This will be El Clasificado’s seventh ETP agreement, the third within the last five years. In its first few projects, the company was funded as a small business starting with 30 employees. By its fifth ETP project in in 2013, it had reached more than 100 full-time employees with four new locations..

In this new proposal, El Clasificado says it will expand its training plan to more trainees. To remain competitive, El Clasificado says it must expand product offerings for social media services and video advertising. The company is now  building digital core competencies internally across all platforms which will be the focus of this training.

  • $199,576 to California Natural Products in Lathrop to train about 1216 workers in computer and hazardous materials skills, along with management and manufacturing skills. The company makes nutritional, natural and organic food ingredients, and patented the natural processes for rice syrup, rice syrup solids and rice milk.

The training is to ensure that the staff is up-to-date with all “lean goals. Supervisor training will include how to become a better communicator, excelling as a supervisor and management skills for first time supervisors.

  • $109,746 to College of the Sequoias in Visalia to train about 234 workers in business, computer, literacy, management and other skills. In this proposal, COS says it will collaborate with manufacturing companies including electric car maker Faraday Future and food products maker Nestle. These companies are experiencing significant growth and seek retraining to enhance employee skills.
  • $173,940 to Rancho Cordova-based Express Sewer & Drain Inc. to offer training to about 120 frontline supervisors, pipefitters, plumbers, laborers, administration staff and the company owner in managing larger projects and customer service. Topics include customer service, client services and communication among others.
  • $525,824 to the Gallo Cattle Company in Atwater to train about 316 workers. In this agreement, Gallo Cattle will focus on advanced training in computer software, comprehension and business development to allow trainees to increase their current skills while also being cross-trained in additional topics such as Six Sigma, Navision, JET Reporting and introduction to electrical.
  • $226,200 to Ready Roast Nut Company LLC of Madera to train about 250 workers to better meet customer demand. To do this, employees must be trained on enhanced production techniques and newly purchased high-speed equipment such as the mixer drum and drag tube conveyors. Ready Roast will also cross train production staff to support growth and upgrade skills of its current and future employees. Training will focus on upgrading trainees manufacturing skills, business skills and customer service for all trainees.
  • $195,247 to the San Joaquin County Economic Development Association of Stockton so it can offer customized training for individual employers at the employers’ facilities. This includes customer service, communication skills, and project management. Training is intended to provide the skills to effectively and efficiently maintain business operations.
  • $805,376 to the Wine Group Inc. of Tracy, one of the world’s largest wine producers. The company plans to train 484 workers in Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Madera, Monterey, San Joaquin and Tulare counties in computer and business skills along with continuous improvement in all occupations.
  • $198,978 to Vellutini Corporation dba Royal Electric Company of Sacramento to train more than 230 workers in business, computer, hazardous materials and other skills. Royal Electric says it has seen an increase in demand for its services, which has led to significant growth in recent years and thus it must upgrade staff skills to meet demand.
  • $73,632 to J.R. Putman Inc. of Rancho Cordova, which installs and repairs of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning HVAC); plumbing; and solar and insulation equipment, to train 82 workers in computer, business, management and other skills.

The Employment Training Panel reimburses employers for the costs of training existing workers, funds training for unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce and helps ensure California businesses have the skilled workers they need to remain competitive.

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