It’s in the air – a new sense of optimism, hope and aspiration.
Municipal governments are getting back on their feet, the real estate market is beginning to churn out new developments, and the word ‘surplus’ is being used again. So the news is good and sounding better with each passing month. But with nearly 10 million Americans still unemployed or underemployed, there is still a pressing need for good jobs that pay livable wages. To kick off 2014, we take a look at some efforts underway that may lead to new jobs.
In this month’s issue we look at cities that are exploring ways to repurpose coastal power plants in light of urgent deadlines that mandate more environmentally friendly cooling systems. We also examine national apprenticeship programs and give an update on a few exciting efforts to upskill workers. And last, we review Governor Jerry Brown’s budget. What a difference a few years make! We are investing in our infrastructure, in our transportation network, and in our future. It feels good to know we are putting money into our systems to make them operate more efficiently, sustainably, and economically.
Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine A. Perez-Estolano