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Workforce Intelligence

“Change and Challenge for Silicon Valley’s Economic Future”

City of San Jose “Green Vision”

Emerging Industry Clusters

Presented By:

work2future workforce intelligence
work2future’Workforce Intelligence

Existing Industry Cluster Analysis

Emerging Industries Analysis

GIS Mapping of Local Business and Industry Clusters

Labor Market Data Research on Wages and Occupations

Development of Career Pathways for Emerging Industries

Identification of Training Courses and Providers


Change & Challenge for Silicon Valley’s Economic Future

Presented to work2future - Board of Directors March 2008



  • Examine the key issues that will shape economic and workforce development in the region for the next 10 years
    • Identify the key economic drivers that will shape the region’s economic and workforce development
    • Develop regional indices to compare San Jose (MSA) with comparable high technology regions by each of the economic drivers identified, and
    • Identify the region’s strengths and weaknesses as they relate to the economic drivers



Economic Drivers

  • The integration of the international economy within the regional marketplace,
  • The growth and evolution of high technology clusters, and
  • III. The re-birth of advanced manufacturing in Silicon Valley.



Integration of the International Economy

  • Results of the regional globalization index show that of the 379 US metro areas that were evaluated, San Jose ranked 10th nationally



Evolution of Technology Clusters

  • Biotechnology and the life sciences – The most established
  • of the new wave of industry clusters with over 10,000 currently
  • employed in this industry within Santa Clara County
  • Clean technology – is the market driven response to
  • use innovative technology to produce cleaner goods and
  • services (renewable energy, transportation, water. . .)
  • Nanotechnology - like information technology twenty years
  • ago provides the promise of designing and building more
  • complex products with greater efficiency



Rebirth of Advanced Manufacturing

  • San Jose had the highest regional concentration of advanced manu. employment in two of the three sectors examined



Conclusions I

  • Remain vigilant in developing and expanding the innovation economy –
    • The region is currently leading the country in many measures of innovative activity but other regions are committed to catching up.
  • Regional government must play a stronger supporting role in the next wave of economic growth –
    • Unlike information technology which is relatively unregulated, healthcare and the energy industry are highly regulated and present a very different economic environment than what the region faced in the late 90’s.



Conclusions II

  • Fostering the region’s international connectivity will support emerging clusters and strengthen advanced manufacturing in the region –
    • The three economic drivers identified in this study are highly connected and policies or events that positively or negatively influence one will likely have a domino effect on the others
  • The development of production and manufacturing opportunities should be a key metric in evaluating economic development success.



Questions to Consider

  • The key questions generated from the study
    • Will the region’s connectivity to the international economy, insulate it from the domestic economic downturn?
    • Will the emerging industry clusters become the dominant employers in the region and if so when?
    • Will the next wave of advanced manufacturing in the region create a sizeable number of middle-income jobs that have been on the decline in the region?


city of san jose green vision
City of San Jose “Green Vision

Presented by:

Collin O’Mara

City of San Jose Office of Economic Development

javier vanga work2future

Workforce Intelligence

Javier Vangawork2future

Emerging Industry Clusters Advance Manufacturing

Clean Technology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Green Industry/Technology

Lets Define

Clean Technology

Cleantech is a term used to describe knowledge-based products or services that improve operational performance, productivity, or efficiency while reducing costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste, or pollution. Its origin is the increased consumer, regulatory and industry interest in clean forms of energy generation—specifically, perhaps, the rise in awareness of global warming and the impact on the natural environment from the burning of fossil fuels.

By definition, renewable energy is "clean" - producing few or no hazardous emissions or pollutants, and having minimal impact on fragile ecosystems. There are five main types of renewable energy: hydro, biomass, geothermal, solar and wind.

Renewable Energy


Green Technology

Green Technology includes products and processes that conserve the natural environment and resources and minimize the negative effect of human activity on the environment. The field of “green technology” is continuously evolving and diverse.  

job market

Job Market

Clean/Green technology impacts many sectors of the economy and will result in both the creation and redesign of a broad range of jobs. A study conducted by Cleantech Network, a venture capital firm for green business, predicts that a half million new jobs in ecologically responsible trades will emerge in the next three years alone.

The City of San Jose’s Green Vision goal is to create 25,000 new jobs by 2014.


Workforce Demand in Energy & Technology

  • The Solar industry is one of the largest component in Energy
  • Generation. A recent assessment of Solar’s current and
  • future workforce in Silicon Valley revealed-
  • Currently 1,500 workers in Silicon Valley in Solar Industry
  • Industry growth is currently at about 35 percent per year
  • By 2017, Silicon Valley expect another 10,000 to 20,000
  • solar workers – 60% manufacturing & installation, 20%
  • sales & marketing, and 20 percent in engineering
  • Source: Solartech White Paper, June 2007
solar industry bay area
Solar Industry –Bay Area

There are approximately 800 firms in California, of which 32% are located in the Bay Area. The majority of Bay Area solar firms (82%) are small—less than 25 employees.

Bay Region

Solar Industry Workforce Study

Preview of Key Findings

February 13, 2008

job boom
Job Boom

Solar firms in the Bay Area are expecting to increase employment by up to 17% in the next year resulting in about 1,200 new jobs.

Bay Region

Solar Industry Workforce Study

Preview of Key Findings

February 13, 2008

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Bioscience Industry Santa Clara County

Over 600 NAICS Identified Business in Santa Clara County

bioscience employment
Bioscience Employment

Over 21,000 Employees


“Nanotechnology plays a critical role as an “enabling platform technology,” for emerging high growth sectors including Nano-Bio and Clean Technologies. Nanotechnology has immense potential to generate economic growth in California because of its profound impact on a wide spectrum of industries. In the United States, the National Science Foundation forecasts up to 2 million jobs will be created in the next 15 years utilizing nanotechnology. It is estimated that approximately 200,000 jobs in nanotechnology will be created in the State of California by 2020.”

Lloyd L. Tran President, International Association of Nanotechnology Director, California Institute of Nanotechnology

nanotechnology companies
Nanotechnology Companies

We have Identified over 90 Nano Companies in the Bay Area

existing san jose clean tech firms production installation

Other Renewable Energy Sources


Parathon Energy*

Silicon Valley Biodiesel*



Digital Sun, Inc.*

Eksterand Associates*


Selsam Innovations*

Wind Tower Systems*


ThermoChem Inc.*



SunPower Corporation

Bright Solar

Hutching Construction

Malone Controls Corporation

Ongrid Solar

Energy Systems

Fat Spaniel Technologies

InterPhases Research*

Davis Energy Group


SVV Technology Innovations, Inc.*

Energy Efficiency

Philips Lumileds

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

Synergy E. V., Inc.*

AFS Trinity Power Corporation*

One-Cycle Control*

Existing San Jose ‘Clean Tech’Firms(production & installation)

*Current participants in Environmental Business Cluster

available training courses
Available Training Courses

Community Colleges-Certificates and AA

Advanced Transportation Technology

Applied Biological Technologies

Environmental Studies

Geographic Information Systems

Horticulture and Design

Energy Management

Solar PV Installation


Bio-Manufacturing Certificate Program

Local Training Providers


Certified Nanotechnology Technician Program  

Executive & Business-Re-engineering Program


Solar Panel Installation


Biotechnology Business Management

Biotechnology Technician

existing occupations that are considered green clean
Existing Occupations That are Considered Green/Clean



Plumbers and Pipefitters

Construction Laborers and Managers

General Operations Managers

1st Line Supervisors of Construction

Sheet Metal Workers

Architectural Drafters

Refuse & Recyclable Collectors

Architects, Building

Engineering Managers

Helpers – Electricians

Maintenance and Repair Workers

Electronics Engineers