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White House Conference – Recommendations from America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital

This document summarizes key issues and recommendations from more than 75 community partners in the Greater Sacramento region who gathered at an input session for the September 15th, 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The session was convened by Valley Vision, in partnership with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation and Mulvaney’s B&L. Organized under the banner of our community food system network “We are Farm to Fork,” participants included a vibrant cross-section of over 75 leaders representing food banks, restaurants, school districts, nonprofits, local, state, and federal agencies, tribal and many more.

Fall 2021 Forest Sector Workforce Study Report

At Valley Vision’s Spring 2022 Forestry Management Industry Advisory, Melissa Kovacs, Senior Project Analyst at the Center of Economic Development, CSU Chico, presented her findings from the 2021 Forest Sector Workforce Needs Survey. Created in partnership with the Statewide Wildfire and Forest Resiliency Task Force and yielding 113 responses, the survey encompassed forestry management entities across four major task areas: Northern, Sierra & East Side, Coastal, and Southern.

Download and read the full report here.

Yolo Food Hub Grower Survey – Executive Summary

As part of the Yolo Food Hub project, this survey collected specific information from growers in the region​. The results will allow the Yolo Food Hub project partners to create a facility that is equitable, sustainable, and offers a wide range of valuable services to consumers and producers. The results will also inform the feasibility study of the Yolo Food Hub as well as the business plan.

Remote Work Survey Analysis (2021)

The COVID-19 pandemic upended the traditional structure and distribution of work teams. In collaboration with Los Rios Community College District, the Centers of Excellence, and Orr Consulting, Valley Vision sought to survey the region’s employers to quantify and begin to understand the changes and implications brought on by the rise of remote work.

Building upon the Remote Work Survey that was presented at the ICT Regional Advisory Meeting (2021), this report looks at the potential impacts of remote work, its biggest obstacles, and the skills that employers are looking for in a remote workforce. The following white paper highlights the result of these efforts:

Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan (2021)

2021 Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan

The Greater Sacramento region is at the heart of one of the world’s largest agricultural economies, producing products for people at home and around the globe. With its renowned food and agricultural assets, the region produces a large diversity of high-quality crops and products and values its agricultural heritage, while looking to the future as a global innovator and leader in sustainable agriculture, food, and health.

Yet, in spite of our great abundance, the region experiences persistent levels of food insecurity, lack of access to healthy affordable foods, and lack of equitable access to economic opportunities, among other conditions. The Sacramento Region Community Foundation (Foundation) engaged Valley Vision to prepare phase one of the 2021 Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan (Regional Action Plan), which assesses the capital area’s food landscape and offers recommendations to grow its capacity and resilience – efforts made more urgent by ongoing health and climate crises.

The project team also developed an eight-page document (below) containing summaries of key assets, challenges, and recommendations across the six strategic focus areas in the full Regional Action Plan (above).

Companion research and analysis on regional food security status, community food guides prepared by UC Davis, and a listing of new and expanded state and federal resources that can support recommendations and actions are available on Valley Vision’s website.

To stay engaged and informed about the Regional Action Plan and Phase Two, email us at FoodAndAg@ValleyVision.org.

Skills for a Ready Future Workforce (2021)

Valley Vision has been examining Future of Work trends for many years. Our latest research was made possible through funding from the City of Sacramento CARES COVID Relief and in partnership with Burning Glass Technologies.  This analysis sought to answer the question, where should resources be targeted to provide the most effective skills acquisition and training, especially to disproportionately impacted community members, to enhance and accelerate recovery from the pandemic.

Building on previous work, Automation Risk for Jobs in the Capital Region (March 2020), this report looks at the potential impacts of automation in our nine county region, recovery from the pandemic and future workforce development strategies need to be responsive to multiple factors. The following white paper highlights the result of these efforts:

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 Environmental 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) –
Regional Industry 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 the workforce.

Each Advanced Manufacturing Advisory produces a meeting proceedings report that details key findings, labor market information from the Centers of Excellence, panelist overviews, and more. You can find these materials and event recordings below:

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)

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:

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.

Workforce Needs Assessment: Energy, Construction, and Utilities (2018)

Presentation: Let’s Talk Construction Cluster Forum (2018)

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