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Room: Mesquite A

Panel Discussion:

Green Economic Development & Job Creation


  • Robert C. Frost, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 440

  • Michael Bracken, Managing Partner, Development Management Group, Inc.

  • Holly Smithson, President & CEO, CleanTECH San Diego

  • Francisco J. Marquez, Director, Imperial County Workforce Development Board

  • Laura Abram, Director of Public Affairs, First Solar

  • Jim Caldwell, Sector Lead for Energy & Utility Initiatives, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office


  • Peter Davis, Statewide Director for Advanced Transportation & Renewables, California Community College System

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  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Inland empire joint apprenticeship training center

Inland Empire Joint Apprenticeship Training Center

Training Tomorrows Craftsman Today

Local economic development

Local Economic Development

  • Definition “Anything that increases the overall wealth of a community or region”

  • Labor Force: 65% of adults in Southern California are “blue collar”

  • Southern California LOST 980,000 jobs between ‘06 & ’10

  • People DO spend career in construction

How does renewable impact local regional economies

How Does Renewable Impact Local/Regional Economies

  • Hundreds (thousands) construction jobs

  • Long term maintenance jobs

  • All (but solar) subject to property tax

  • Projects over $5MM generate sales tax

  • Projects are subject to special assessments

  • Most projects are revenue + to local communities

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CleanTECH San Diego

Holly Smithson, President & COO

Southern California Energy Summit

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  • Federal: Support for the Continuation of Biofuels Research and Development

  • State: Proposition 23 (Overturns AB 32) & Proposition 39 (Creates Clean Energy Fund - $2.5B)

  • Local: Land Use Issues

    • Wind Ordinance

    • General Plan Update

    • Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan

  • Leadership Series: Monthly convening sessions with policy makers and business leaders

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  • "When local communities try to block the installation of photovoltaic, we act to overcome the opposition. Some kinds of opposition you have to crush.”

  • – California Governor Jerry Brown

  • UCLA Renewable Energy Conference, July 2011

First solar generates clean energy and green jobs

First Solar Generates Clean Energy and Green Jobs





Developing, Building and Operating PV projects across Southern California.

First solar is committed to community engagement and job training

First Solar Is Committed to Community Engagement and Job Training

  • Actively support communities where we operate

  • Team with local educational institutions on workforce training programs to support local hiring

  • Collaborated with College of the Desert to support the Desert Region Renewable Energy Training Program

    • Donated a 4.5kWh PV system, helped develop curriculum and provided on-site training expertise

    • Hired about 40 graduates at the Desert Sunlight project

  • Educate stakeholders about the benefits of PV solar power

  • College of the Desert training class in Palm Springs, CA

Together we are creating a world powered by clean, affordable solar electricity

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