Manufacturers' Policy Priorities for 2019: Workforce Development and Economic Development

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 26, 2019 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

CMTA is beginning the new legislative year with an advocacy strategy that re-emphasizes to the Legislature and the new Administration how central the state’s manufacturing industry is to turning the California dream of prosperity and the opportunities of a middle class life into a promise. We are working to center the conversation around two key issues for our industry:

Building middle class careers with “New Collar” opportunities. CMTA is advocating for policies that will address California manufacturers’ need for a reliable pipeline of highly trained individuals to close the skills shortage in the state’s workforce that threatens our industry’s innovation capabilities and marketplace opportunities.

CMTA is partnering with policy makers to develop a long-term strategy to address this skills gap built around four principles:

  • Make California’s education system more flexible, relevant, responsive to the marketplace, and reflective of current and future workforce needs.
  • Design curriculum and instruction that is informed by industry needs and developed through meaningful engagement with manufacturers.
  • Establish a permanent source of dedicated funding for K-14 career training programs.
  • Remove barriers to strategic partnerships with educators and workforce stakeholders to produce relevant and responsive training programs.

Creating a better environment for manufacturing investment to grow the economy. CMTA is supporting programs that protect and foster California manufacturers’ ability to compete with their peers in the global marketplace, modernizing the state’s approach to industry for the 21st century.

CMTA is working with policy makers to implement a pro-growth, globally competitive industrial policy that achieves three objectives:

  • Develop a modern system of incentives that allow manufacturers to recover the costs of capital used to invest in their workforce, fund research and development, and expand their facilities in California.
  • Reforms that assist manufacturers in complying with our complex regulatory scheme and allow for those that act in good faith an opportunity to correct.
  • Form public-private partnerships at the regional level to support the co-location of interconnected manufacturers, educational institutions, specialized service providers, and capital investors.

For more information, please contact any member of our government relations team:

Nicole Rice
Policy Director, Government Relations
PH: (916) 498-3322

Jarrell Cook
Policy Director, Government Relations
PH: (916) 498-3356

Loretta Macktal
Executive Assistant, Government Relations
PH: (916) 498-3314

Marisa Melendez
Legislative Assistant
PH: (916) 498-3321


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