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As 2016 comes to a close, it's important to reflect on the positive economic impacts that the Alliance and its many members and partners have helped achieve by supporting California's clean energy and climate policies. According to Alliance member E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs)  California's landmark climate law, AB 32, and related policies have injected approximately $48 billion into communities across the state in the past decade creating about 500,000 jobs.
 
Former Governor Schwarzenegger, at a 10-year anniversary event to celebrate his signing AB 32 into law recalled: "Some people said it would never happen because the economy will crash and California will go into the ocean. The opposite has happened. People are moving to California. People are opening more businesses in California. We've gotten more jobs and our economy is booming. That national GDP growth last year was 2 percent. In California it was 4.2 percent."  At the same AB 32 event, State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León noted that "California is officially the 5th largest economy in the world. We have created more jobs than the other top two job creators in the U.S., Florida and Texas, combined." 
 
With the passage of groundbreaking climate laws  SB 32 and AB 197  this year, thanks to the support of many of you, California is moving forward as a global leader on climate change policy. I am grateful for your unflagging commitment especially as we face a variety of challenges in the years to come.
 
TRANSITIONS
I have thoroughly enjoyed initiating and leading the Alliance since its founding in 2009. But now it's time for change as I am moving on to a new professional adventure. We are transitioning management of the Alliance to my colleague, Wendy James, who will take over as Director; Ruben Aronin will remain as Deputy Director. The voice of small, mainstream businesses is critical to California's past and future success - thank you for all you have done and will do in the years to come.
  
I wish you all my best for a happy and healthy holiday season.
  
~Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance  
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CALIFORNIA ADDED 63,000 JOBS IN AUGUST, 42% OF U.S. TOTAL
California employers quieted any lingering doubts about the state's economy in August, as an uptick in hiring helped absorb hordes of new job-seekers. The state added a net 63,100 jobs last month and the unemployment rate remained at 5.5%, according to data released by the Employment Development Department on Friday.
Los Angeles Times 09/16/2016

THOUSANDS FIND WORK BUILDING AND STAFFING GOLDEN 1 CENTER
Less than a month before opening night, though, one thing is reasonably certain: Golden 1 Center has been, and will continue to be, a major generator of jobs - considerably more than predicted. The impact will be visible from the moment fans pour into the arena Oct. 4 for the inaugural event, a Paul McCartney concert. Golden 1 will employ as many as 2,000 workers on event nights, hundreds more than the Kings' old venue, Sleep Train Arena. A major difference is Golden 1 will have far more workers serving food and drinks.
Sacramento Bee 09/12/2016

SILICON BEACH REPORT AUG. 19: L.A. TECH WAGES RISING FASTEST IN THE NATION
Los Angeles County tech wages are growing faster than the earnings of tech employees in the nation's other big cities, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports the L.A. Business Journal. The average tech wage in Los Angeles grew 13.2 percent to an average of $115,000 last year, nearly doubling the rate of the South Florida region, which came in No. 2 with a year-to-year increase of 7.2 percent.

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Sustainable Business Long Beach Launches Resources For Local Businesses 
 
by Wade Martin and Tom Bowman

As the name suggests, Sustainable Business Long Beach (SBLB) is an organization of local business leaders who are working to help other companies and our community flourish. Formerly known as the Long Beach Green Business Council, one of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce business councils, SBLB announces its new name to coincide with the launch of a new community wide initiative that goes far beyond the typical green business niche.
 
Many business owners see sustainability as a business category that includes green-tech, organic products and renewable energy. This misperception leaves thousands of companies that drive our diverse economy on the sidelines. In reality, every business in every industry can reduce costs, improve morale and inspire stronger customer loyalty by taking simple and low-cost steps toward sustainability. Like their peers across California, SBLB members have demonstrated that walking the talk on sustainability is much easier and more cost-effective than many people imagine. A relatively small investment of time can be a positive experience that pays multiple dividends.

With this in mind, Sustainable Business Long Beach is launching a two-year project to help other Long Beach area firms enjoy similar benefits by focusing on resilience. 

Wade Martin is president of Sustainable Business Long Beach, professor, and director of the CSULB Office of Economic Research. Tom Bowman is president-elect of SBLB, founder of Bowman Design Group, winner of the Cool California Small Business of the Year Award, and president of Bowman Change, Inc. as well as founding member of the California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy.

Read the full article here.
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From Risk to Return
Investing in a Clean Energy Economy
 
Risky Business, founded by  NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson, and business leader and philanthropist Tom Steyer, has released a new report outlining the business risks and opportunities associated with moving towards a clean energy economy.

The transition to a cleaner energy economy rests on three pillars: moving from fossil fuels to electricity wherever possible, generating electricity with low or zero carbon emissions, and using energy much more efficiently. This means building new sources of zero- and low-carbon energy, including wind, solar, and nuclear; electrifying vehicles, heating systems, and many other products and processes; and investing in making buildings, appliances, and manufacturing more energy efficient.

Meeting these targets requires a large-scale shift away from ongoing spending on fossil fuels and toward up-front capital investments in clean energy technologies. Many of those, such as wind and solar, have little or no fuel cost once built. Given an appropriate policy framework, they expect these investments to be made largely by the private sector and consumers, and to yield significant returns. Because of the large capital investments and the long-term savings in fuel costs, this shift presents significant opportunities for many American investors and businesses. Notably, shifting the U.S. to a low-carbon, clean energy system presents not just long term benefits but also immediate, near-term opportunities, particularly for those actors best positioned to capitalize on these trends.

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Grand Opening of La Kretz Innovation Campus Celebrates New Cleantech Hub for Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and Alliance member Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) held the official Grand Opening of the La Kretz Innovation Campus recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The fully renovated building located at 5th and Hewitt Streets in the dynamic Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles comprises 3.2 acres.

"The La Kretz Innovation Campus embodies the ambition and forward thinking that make Los Angeles a world center for green industry," said Mayor Garcetti. "This campus will foster innovation, create jobs, and set an example for cities everywhere. Clean technology is not only smart and responsible but also a terrific growth opportunity. For all those reasons, we should invest our time and resources into making it a huge success."

The 60,000-square-foot La Kretz Innovation Campus facility features office space and amenities for LACI's burgeoning cleantech portfolio companies to utilize as they grow and develop their businesses. The Campus features collaborative workspace, an Advanced Prototyping Center (including a 3-D printing and laser shop, electronics, robotics and chemistry labs), a training center, amphitheater and event space, in addition to LADWP laboratories for both Customer Engagement and Energy Efficiency Technology, and the Case Study Home showcasing energy and water saving products as well as rebates and services available to LADWP customers, among other features.

Fred Walti, CEO and President of LACI, stated, "The purpose of the La Kretz Innovation Campus is to provide solutions, both in terms of economic growth for the City of Los Angeles and through sustainability innovations and partnerships. We have already had the privilege of hosting Vice President Joe Biden at the campus, in addition to the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet, Chair of the LA County Board of Supervisors, Hilda Solis, and many of the world's top sustainability leaders, including members of the C40 Group."

Read the full Press Release
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Susan Frank
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