In order for Californians to have the skills required for jobs in the 21st century, employers and educators will need to work together more intentionally than ever before. Across the state, visionary business, education, and civic leaders are rising to the occasion. To inspire even greater collaboration, the California Economic Summit created the PIE Contest to identify and honor innovative partnerships achieving success for students and communities.
Alongside our partners at California Forward, SBC is proud to administer this contest in 2020. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, our state and region will require an exceptionally skilled workforce in the months and years to come, a workforce that will rebuild statewide resilience and catalyze economic recovery and security. Strong partnerships between educational institutions and employers have always been critically important to promoting that workforce and are even more so in this time of crisis.
Criteria for PIE Contest includes:
A partnership between an employer (public or private) and a California educational institution (K-12, higher education, public and/or private)
Ability to demonstrate specific success outcomes
More information on the criteria can be found here.
The top three partnerships will each earn one complimentary two-day registration to the 2020 California Economic Summit taking place this December in Monterey. Each winning partnership will be offered the opportunity to showcase their work and share promising practices with peers at the Summit.
The 2020 California Economic Summit takes place on December 3-4, marking the ninth annual event that brings together private, public, and civic leaders from across California’s diverse regions. The Summit’s bipartisan network of business, equity, environmental, and civic organizations is unique in championing solutions that create inclusive, sustainable growth, and opportunity for all. If you’d like to see your favorite employer-educator workforce program highlighted at the event, nominate them for the 2020 Partnership for Industry and Education Contest today.
Sierra CAMP, a program of Sierra Business Council, is currently undertaking a regional vulnerability assessment to examine how Sierra Nevada communities will be affected by projected climate changes. We have already seen the massive impact that climate change can have in its multiple forms on our communities in the mountains. Climate change leaves our homes and businesses vulnerable to wildfire and floods, it impacts the clarity of our lakes and rivers, and challenges our recreation patterns as we navigate the changes in snow and temperature year round. The goal of the vulnerability assessment is to better understand and measure the impacts of climate change on our social and economic systems that are inextricably linked to our natural environment.
Over the course of the last year, the impact of COVID-19 has snowballed into a deep recession and shifted the course of life as we know it. Over the course of the last year, the impact of COVID-19 has snowballed into a deep recession and shifted the course of life as we know it.
I’m wearing my RBG T-shirt and staring at my RBG action figure, gifts from my daughter, a true social justice warrior. Like me, she was raised to revere and honor women like Ruth Bader Ginsberg. It is a family tradition that follows at least four generations that I know of and we hold closely a favorite RBG quote, “What is the difference between a bookkeeper in the Garment District and a Supreme Court justice? … One generation.”
SBC is excited to share that the Resilience Fund-Sierra continues to gain traction in the Tahoe region, having now funded 19 businesses and counting. Founded to save Sierra businesses forced to close down during the pandemic earlier this spring, the Resilience Fund has provided its first wave of clients with loans, coaching, and other valuable services.
SBC’s work frequently raises the alarm for crises facing the Sierra Nevada. The ongoing movement for racial justice has reminded us that we cannot tackle the challenges of our region relating to climate justice, small businesses, or environmental health, without also addressing the inequalities that people of color face both within our communities and beyond.