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Talent Talent Talent – What is Your #TalentStrategy? Does it exist? Is it Sustainable?

Job creation.  We keep hearing about that in the political and public policy news.  There have been a lot of jobs created during the last few years.  Unfortunately, just not enough to fulfill the population of unengaged potential workers.

Job creation, which is the result of new and growing companies, which is what propels our economy  – is CRITICAL.  We cannot take our eyes of this ball.

Then there’s the other side of the equation….

There is a significant amount of companies that profess to have a number of unfilled jobs – and cannot find the talent.  The experienced and/or trained talent.  THIS IS WHERE WE SHOULD FOCUS.   For the “boomers” get older and want to still economically contribute (and who have to work); and for the new grads – from university OR high school – who leave school without the training to get hired in career-oriented positions.  Is Business doing anything to help ourselves?

We used to.  Can we do it again?

More soon….

To 33% and Beyond!

CA Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law a mandate that 33% of electricity in California must come from renewable sources by 2020.

33% is a start.  The good Governor is on the right track.

I’ve become knowledgeable about California’s renewable energy portfolio via legislation I’ve helped to write regarding the financing of renewable energy projects. We need a new market mechanism to promote (and reduce current sky-high risk for) private investment.  The US has offered 50% ITC if we can get projects in gear by 2016.  Time’s a wastin’ — and the embedded CA business community is not being supportive of this technological progress.


“A 33 percent renewable portfolio standard in the world’s eighth largest economy sends a clear message: renewable technologies can provide reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions for electricity generation. This strong commitment puts California on a clear path for creating more green jobs and achieving long-term energy security. In addition, it gives us the confidence to make greater investments in our California operations and American manufacturing that will help drive down the costs of solar electricity.”

“California continues to be the U.S. policy leader when it comes to stimulating the adoption of renewable energy.  If measures like the 33 percent renewable portfolio standard are successful on such a large scale, the federal government will be more likely to follow.”

Read more about this here: It’s Official: 33% RPS Now the Law in California

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a mandate that 33% of electricity in California must come from renewable sources by 2020.

Executives at solar, wind and other clean energy companies said the new regulations could help California reclaim its green leadership position after losing ground to states such as Texas and Iowa.

“This is tremendous,” said Mike Hall, chief executive of solar installer Borrego Solar. “A legislative solution provides a lot more clarity and firepower for regulators and proponents.”

Read more about this hereCalifornia renewable energy gets major boost in new law

World Expo 2020 in Silicon Valley

As I’ve written, the Bay Area Council opened their Shanghai Office in June, coinciding with Shanghai’s World Expo.  During a subsequent trip early this month, and joined by California Governor Schwarzenegger + key CA cabinet members, the Bay Area Council’s Jim Wunderman and John Grubb announced our proposed bid to win the 2020 World Expo for Silicon Valley.

World Expo Much bigger than winning an Olympics, a 5-week event, the World Expo is a 6-month extravaganza, which attracted 70 million to Shanghai this year.  Imagine what 71 million visitors would do for the Bay Area and California’s economies + the business and infrastructure development this would attract!

The SJ Mercury News is publishing a series of articles about the bid.

Here is Jim Wunderman’s OpEd as a Kick-off:

Bring the World Expo to Silicon Valley in 2020

Here are excerpts from the latest article (link below): Silicon Valley maps strategy for 2020 world expo

“First things first: The diagram is very, very preliminary. It’s a rendering of what Expo 2020 Silicon Valley might look like if it sees the light of day.

The rendering, produced by architect Jeffrey Heller of San Francisco‘s Heller Manus, was revealed in conjunction with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s announcement in Shanghai last week that California is formally and “aggressively” bidding to host the 2020 international fair.

‘Shanghai has demonstrated that when you host the world expo, the world comes to you, and I want the world to come to California,’ Schwarzenegger said.

Should the bid be successful – the Bureau of International Expositions is supposed to pick the winner in 2012 – the world will be coming to Moffett Field, specifically to approximately 450 acres of the NASA-owned property in Mountain View, literally next door to Google Inc.

…There is not as yet, a budget estimate for the Silicon Valley expo. Putting together a bid package – not an inexpensive proposition – may cost between $10 million to $20 million, said John Grubb, senior vice president for the Bay Area Council, which initiated and has been spearheading the drive. And most of the money will have to be private.”

…’It’s early in the game, but we’re very serious about it,” said Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman. “It’s a big idea and will require cooperation on many different levels.”

“This is about California.”

Read more:

The Value Prop: Bring the World Expo to Silicon Valley in 2020 by Jim Wunderman, CEO Bay Area Council

By Jim Wunderman, Special to the Mercury News, Posted: 08/28/2010 08:00:00 PM PDT, Updated: 08/29/2010 06:14:56 PM PDT

Lately, it seems like you can’t read a newspaper, turn on the TV or go online without hearing about China’s rise and America’s demise. Whether it’s China overtaking Japan as the world’s second largest economy or the Agricultural Bank of China having one of the biggest IPO’s in history, the story inevitably is about China.

Yes, China is gaining influence around the world. Yes, China is growing in stature. If we are smart, we will embrace it. Our organization just opened an office in Shanghai to help our region’s business succeed in China, and we’re leading a delegation with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September to grow our exports to that country.

But China’s rise doesn’t mean we’re giving up here in the States. Quite the contrary. We can, and should, learn a lot from our Chinese partners. A great example is the Shanghai World Expo.

Shanghai cranesJust look at what Shanghai has been able to accomplish this year with its Expo. When everything is said and done, more than 70 million people from across the world will have attended. The city captured the world’s attention for six months and used billions of dollars generated by the Expo to build new subways, rail lines, ferries and other infrastructure projects. The Expo has been Shanghai’s stimulus package.

In a world where a strong global image is a key asset, world expositions are once again a vehicle for “region branding.” Apart from cultural and symbolic reasons, organizing countries — and the regions hosting expos — can use the event to share their best thinking, companies and culture on a global stage. China has certainly done this. Silicon Valley and California can and should too.

It’s time we lay a marker down and start to make a bid for the 2020 Expo to come to the Bay Area. Think about the possibilities.

Expos are about showcasing your region and its qualities and how they fit into a common vision for the future. For 30 years, the Bay Area and Silicon Valley have been the preeminent hot spots for the innovation that drives the world’s technological advances. Our region already has everything we need: innovation, creativity and technology, plus leadership in sustainability.

Another plus for a Silicon Valley Expo is that, unlike an Olympic bid, the exhibit is tied to commerce, not sports. Instead of building massive sports arenas and stadiums, we would allow countries to create international pavilions — buildings we can keep or demolish — and upgrade existing infrastructure that would benefit the region for decades after the Expo is over.

Perhaps we could even create a Silicon Valley campus for the University of California, for free! Everything that’s built could be used for a whole multitude of purposes, whether academic, business-related or nonprofit. And since the Bay Area is already working on getting high-speed rail from San Jose to San Francisco, perhaps an Expo would be the right ingredient to get that project over the finish line in a way everyone can agree on.

We’ve done it before. In 1915, San Francisco hosted the Pan-Pacific International Exposition, primarily to showcase that San Francisco was back and fully recovered after the 1906 earthquake. We have the chance to do the same thing right now after enduring an economic earthquake.

If we were able to invent the microchip, the iPhone, biotechnology and the search engine, we can also lead America’s way to prominence and respect once again.

Shanghai used its Expo to show how China has arrived on the world stage. Let’s make a bid for 2020 and do ours to show we are not leaving it.

JIM WUNDERMAN is president and CEO of the Bay Area Council. He wrote this article for this newspaper/Mercury News.

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