The Workforce Investment Board of Santa Barbara County is co-hosting two important workshops aimed at developing and fostering “Green Economy” strategies for the region’s agriculture and construction industries along California’s Central Coast. The stakeholder meetings by the Workforce Collaborative of California’s Central Coast are planned for October 11 and 12.

The Collaborative is looking at developing Green Economy strategies for the region by answering questions such as how businesses can grow and become more sustainable in the coming years; what new technologies and services will be needed for businesses to become more competitive, and how to hire or train employees with the right skills and experiences needed to thrive.

For interested stakeholders, the schedule, dates, times and locations are as follows:

Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties, Monday, October 11, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., for the Agricultural Industry; and 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., for the Green Building & Energy Efficiency Industries, at 5200 Valentine Rd., Ventura, CA 93003

San Luis Obispo & Monterey Counties, Tuesday, October 12, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., for the Agricultural Industry; and 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., for the Green Building & Energy Efficiency Industries at 302 Broadway, King City, CA 93930

The Collaborative is made up of the Workforce Investment Boards from Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey counties. The Collaborative recently received a grant from the California (state) Workforce Investment Board to develop the strategic plan for growing selected Green Economy industry clusters of opportunity for the Central Coast region. The stakeholder workshops are part of the initial steps to develop the strategic plan.

The Workforce Investment Board, is dedicated to serving the workforce needs of businesses, adults, laid-off workers and youth throughout Santa Barbara County. The WIB is a public/private partnership created by the Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and is staffed by the County of Santa Barbara.

Job seekers and employers can take advantage of free services at two Workforce Resource Centers (“One-Stops”) to help find work or new employees. Programs include employment services for job seekers, the latest labor market information and regional workforce research for businesses, as well as training that specialize in helping people gain the skills and confidence necessary to find and obtain a job. The One-Stop Shops are at 1410 S. Broadway in Santa Maria, (805) 614-1550, and 130 E. Ortega Street in Santa Barbara, (805) 568-1296. Online information.


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