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Policy Brief: Internet Service Competition in CA and the Capital Region (2021)

This policy brief presents an analysis of the internet service market and providers choices (number of ISPs) serving residential customers in California and the Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium (CCABC) Region, and its implications on cost and quality of service.

This analysis is based on broadband availability data from the California Public Utilities Commission from 2020 (as of December 2019). Findings of our analysis are that in California, the vast majority of the population (near 87%), households, and housing units, have access to two or less choices of ISPs, which indicates a concentrated and non-competitive market. Furthermore, analyzing the number of internet choices, in areas served at different speed standards, nearly all population (high nineties percent) have access to two or less choices of ISPs.

Sector Studies: Agriculture, Water, and Environment Technologies

Strong Workforce Program (SWP) –
2020-21 Academic Year Advisories

The Los Rios Community College District, in partnership with Valley Vision, and in collaboration with Sierra College and Yuba Community College District, invests Strong Workforce funding to organize and convene Regional Advisories. The objectives of the Regional Advisory meetings are to build strong relationships between employers, educators, and workforce.

Meeting proceedings reports from the Agriculture, Water, and Environment Technologies industry’s 2020-21 advisories include the following reports and presentations:

Previous Years’ SWP Advisories

Workforce Needs Assessment

The following Workforce Needs Assessment and Workforce Development Recommendations reports present findings on the analysis of the Food and Agriculture industry cluster. The reports provide overviews of the cluster, industry trends and economic impact, as well as overviews of the top demand occupations in the cluster, along with projected occupational demand, institutions providing related education and training, and possible workforce gaps.

Valley Vision and partners are working across the region to address the key findings from these Strong Workforce advisories and assessments as part of Developing a Ready Workforce.

Sector Studies: Advanced Manufacturing

Strong Workforce Program (SWP) –
2020-21 Academic Year Advisories

The Los Rios Community College District, in partnership with Valley Vision, and in collaboration with Sierra College and Yuba Community College District, invests Strong Workforce funding to organize and convene Regional Advisories. The objectives of the Regional Advisory meetings are to build strong relationships between employers, educators, and workforce.

Meeting proceedings reports from the Advanced Manufacturing industry’s 2020-21 advisories include the following key findings and presentations:

Previous Years’ SWP Advisories

Workforce Needs Assessment

The following Workforce Needs Assessment reports present findings on the analysis of the Advanced Manufacturing industry cluster. The reports provide overviews of the cluster, industry trends and economic impact, as well as overviews of the top demand occupations in the cluster requiring postsecondary education or training, along with projected occupational demand, institutions providing related education and training, and possible workforce gaps.

Valley Vision and partners are working across the region to address the key findings from these Strong Workforce advisories and assessments as part of Developing a Ready Workforce.

Sector Studies: Business and Entrepreneurship

Strong Workforce Program (SWP) –

2020-21 Academic Year Advisories

The Los Rios Community College District, in partnership with Valley Vision, and in collaboration with Sierra College and Yuba Community College District, invests Strong Workforce funding to organize and convene Regional Advisories. The objectives of the Regional Advisory meetings are to build strong relationships between employers, educators, and workforce.

Meeting proceedings reports from the Business and Entrepreneurship industry’s 2020-21 advisories include the following key findings and presentations:

Valley Vision and partners are working across the region to address the key findings from these Strong Workforce advisories and assessments as part of Developing a Ready Workforce.

Sector Studies: Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism

Strong Workforce Program (SWP) – 2020-21 Academic Year Advisories

The Los Rios Community College District, in partnership with Valley Vision, and in collaboration with Sierra College and Yuba Community College District, invests Strong Workforce funding to organize and convene Regional Advisories. The objectives of the Regional Advisory meetings are to build strong relationships between employers, educators, and workforce.

Meeting proceedings reports from the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism industry’s 2020-21 advisories include the following key findings and presentations:

Workforce Needs Assessment

The following Workforce Needs Assessment reports and presentations present findings on the analysis of the Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation industry cluster. The resources provide overviews of the cluster, industry trends and economic impact, as well as overviews of the top demand occupations in the cluster requiring postsecondary education or training, along with projected occupational demand, institutions providing related education and training, and possible workforce gaps.

Valley Vision and partners are working across the region to address the key findings from these assessments as part of Developing a Ready Workforce.

Sector Studies: Energy, Construction, and Utilities

Strong Workforce Program (SWP) – 2020-21 Academic Year Advisories

The Los Rios Community College District, in partnership with Valley Vision, and in collaboration with Sierra College and Yuba Community College District, invests Strong Workforce funding to organize and convene Regional Advisories. The objectives of the Regional Advisory meetings are to build strong relationships between employers, educators, and workforce.

Meeting proceedings reports from the Energy, Construction and Utilities (ECU) industry’s 2020-21 advisory include the following key findings and presentations:

Strong Workforce Program – Previous Years’ Advisories

Workforce Needs Assessment

The following Workforce Needs Assessment report and presentation present findings on the analysis of the energy, construction, and utilities industry cluster. The resources provide overviews of the cluster, industry trends and economic impact, as well as overviews of the top occupations in demand in the cluster requiring post-secondary education or training, along with projected occupational demand, institutions providing related education and training, and possible workforce gaps.

Valley Vision and partners are working across the region to address the key findings from these assessments as part of Developing a Ready Workforce.

Sector Studies: Information and Communication Technologies

Strong Workforce Program (SWP) – 2020-21 Academic Year Advisories

The Los Rios Community College District, in partnership with Valley Vision, and in collaboration with Sierra College and Yuba Community College District, invests Strong Workforce funding to organize and convene Regional Advisories. The objectives of the Regional Advisory meetings are to build strong relationships between employers, educators, and workforce.

Meeting proceedings reports from the Information and Communication Technologies industry’s 2020-21 advisories include the following key findings and presentations:

Previous Years’ SWP Advisories

Workforce Needs Assessment

The following Workforce Needs Assessment and Workforce Development Recommendations reports present findings on the analysis of the Information and Communication Technologies industry cluster. The reports provide overviews of the cluster, industry trends and economic impact, as well as overviews of the top demand occupations in the cluster, along with projected occupational demand, institutions providing related education and training, and possible workforce gaps.

Valley Vision and partners are working across the region to address the key findings from these assessments as part of Developing a Ready Workforce.

Sector Studies: Life Sciences and Health Services

Strong Workforce Program (SWP) –
2020-21 Academic Year Advisories

The Los Rios Community College District, in partnership with Valley Vision, and in collaboration with Sierra College and Yuba Community College District, invests Strong Workforce funding to organize and convene Regional Advisories. The objectives of the Regional Advisory meetings are to build strong relationships between employers, educators, and workforce.

Meeting proceedings reports from the Health Services industry’s 2020-21 advisories include the following key findings and presentations:

Previous Years’ SWP Advisories

Workforce Needs Assessment

The following Workforce Needs Assessment and Workforce Development Recommendations reports present findings on the analysis of the Life Sciences & Health Services industry cluster. These reports provide overviews of the cluster, industry trends and economic impact, as well as overviews of the top demand occupations in the cluster requiring postsecondary education or training, along with projected occupational demand, institutions providing related education and training, and possible workforce gaps.

Mental and Behavioral Health Workforce Needs Assessment (2020)

Valley Vision and partners are working across the region to address the key findings from these advisories and assessments as part of Developing a Ready Workforce.

Preferred Scenario for Unserved Households in the CCABC Region (2021)

Valley Vision, as manager of the Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium (CCABC) (funded by the CPUC CASF Program), partnered with the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) to prepare the “Preferred Scenario for Unserved Households in the CCABC Region.”

This report provides detailed information on 1) identifying unserved households at different broadband standards in the Capital Region, 2) estimating the deployment costs to connect these unserved households, and 3) establishing partnerships with state agencies and broadband stakeholders to achieve cost-efficient infrastructure deployments. It also incorporates demand aggregation of potential community anchor institutions and business customers to ensure a sustainable business model for ISPs in the long term.

The Preferred Scenarios Report will help local governments, ISPs, and broadband stakeholders to accelerate broadband expansion and upgrades in the Capital Region to achieve affordable, reliable, and high-speed Broadband for All.

Sector Studies: Clean Economy

This 2016 report presents findings on the analysis of the Clean Economy industry cluster. It is the sixth in a series covering the six Next Economy-identified industry clusters.

This report provides a definition of what is included in the cluster, an overview of the cluster, industry trends and economic impact, as well as an overview of the top demand occupations in the cluster, along with projected occupational demand, institutions providing related education and training, possible workforce gaps and spotlight interviews with regional employers.

Valley Vision and partners are working across the region to address the key findings from this assessment as part of our Capital Region Workforce Action Plan activities. We have produced several additional resources through the regular industry advisory meetings which we organize. See also:

Sector Studies: Education and Knowledge Creation

This 2016 report presents findings on the analysis of the Education and Knowledge Creation industry cluster. It is the fourth in a series covering the six Next Economy-identified industry clusters.

This report provides an overview of the cluster, industry trends and economic impact, as well as an overview of the top demand occupations in the cluster requiring postsecondary education or training, along with projected occupational demand, institutions providing related education and training, and possible workforce gaps.

Valley Vision and partners are working across the region to address the key findings from this assessment as part of our Capital Region Workforce Action Plan activities. We have produced several additional resources through the regular industry advisory meetings which we organize. See also:

Getting Connected: A Broadband Resource Guide (2021)

The California Emerging Technology Fund partnered with Valley Vision to prepare the new “Getting Connected: A Broadband Deployment and Adoption Resource Guide for Local and Regional Government Leaders.” This is the first update since the original guide was prepared ten years ago and much has changed since then. While progress has been made to address the Digital Divide, Covid-19 Pandemic exposed the stark and growing gaps within and across our communities related to Digital Equity and Inclusion.

The Resource Guide provides detailed  information and resources on innovative policies and practices to accelerate broadband investment at the local and regional levels, highlighting  examples of best practices, toolkits and information resources from communities across the state and nationally. The Resource Guide will help us reach our goal of high speed Internet connectivity and Broadband for All. Click here to view the joint letter from Valley Vision and the California Emerging Technology Fund announcing the launch of the Resource Guide.

A launch event was held in partnership with California Forward on Friday, May 14th. Click here to view the recording. The event also featured a presentation of the results of a statewide survey on the digital divide, an overview of the Guide, and a three-person panel to spotlight some of the innovative models and best practices found in the Guide. You can view the slides covering these items below: