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1 New Initiatives Small Business Task Force State Energy Sector Partnership NYS Workforce Investment Board Meeting December 3, 2009 By Bruce Herman Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Development New York State Department of Labor

2 Initiatives 1.New York State Small Business Task Force. 2.NY State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) under USDOL’s $500M Green Jobs Training Grants

3 New York State Small Business Task Force Convened by Governor Paterson in July 2009, and directed to: –Develop strategies to expand the role of small businesses; and –Provide support for small businesses to expand and flourish. Comprised of State government officials and non-governmental business experts appointed by the Governor. Final report of the Task Force released on 12/01/09. –New York State Small Business Task Force, Report and Recommendations, December Available at:

4 New York State Small Business Task Force The Final Report identifies initiatives across four areas to spur growth and to make doing business easier in NYS. 1.Increase access to capital. 2.Reduce red tape and provide regulatory reform. 3.Strengthen training and technical assistance for business owners, employees and aspiring entrepreneurs. 4.Improve access to, and awareness of, available State resources. Key initiatives related to Workforce are: –Layoff Aversion –On-the-Job Training (OJT)

5 New York State Small Business Task Force Layoff Aversion strategies – Identify distressed businesses, and intervene to avoid closure, layoffs or WARN Notice. –Early Warning Dashboard to identify distressed businesses. –Menu of services in collaboration with State agencies, Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIBs) and partners. Business Turnaround Consultant Services. Employee Stock Ownership Plan Option. OJT programs – Enhance worker productivity. –LWIBs work with business management to develop training plans for specific employees; and pay up to 50% of the employee’s wages for a maximum of 26 weeks

6 USDOL $500M Green Jobs Training Grants USDOL released five Green Jobs Training solicitations on June 24, –State Labor Market Information (LMI) Improvement – $50M. –Energy Training Partnerships – $100M. –Pathways Out of Poverty – $150M. –State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) and Training – $190M. –Capacity Building – $5M. NYSDOL applied to the following solicitations: –State LMI Improvement. (3 applications awarded 11/18/09) NYSDOL State-level grant – $1,112,207. Two (2) Consortium grants – $3,999,923 & $3,753,000. (Total $7,752,923) –SESP and Training. NYSDOL applied for $6M. ( Awards expected to be announced in Jan. 2010)

7 State LMI Improvement Grant - $1,112,207 Quantify jobs in NYS’s Clean Energy Industry. –Estimate job creation resulting from clean energy investments. –Identify emerging skills and training capacity. –Assess labor supply and labor demand. –Facilitate job matching thru a green jobs portal. Partners. –SUNY System Office of Business and Industry Relations. –SUNY Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC). –Advanced Energy Research Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University. –NYC LMI Center at the CUNY Graduate Center

8 New England Consortium LMI Grant - $3,999,923 Consortium of eight New England states – VT (fiscal agent), CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI. Other Partners – Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce; The Conference Board; and Direct Employers Association/NASWA Partnership (Job Central). Proposal: –Determine current demand (short-term projections). –Build a taxonomy of skills and technologies using the Conference Board’s “Help Wanted Online Database” and Burning Glass. –Create a green jobs portal, web service tools and national green jobs bank are planned

9 Nevada Consortium LMI Grant - $3,753,000 Consortium of eight states – NV (fiscal agent), CO, FL, IL, NC, NY, TX and UT. Proposal: – Enhance the labor exchange infrastructure and LMI to promote career opportunities within clean energy industries. – Determine occupational projections. – Develop, test and implement new software to capture clean energy job activity

10 State Energy Sector Partnership & Training Requests $6M to advance a NYS clean energy sector strategy (maximum award amount). Establishes a State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) as a sub- committee of the SWIB. –State agencies, private and public industries, non-profits, educational institutions and labor organizations. Establishes nine regional project teams to address the region’s workforce needs. –Leverages NYSDOL’s Regional Transformation Sectors Strategy (13N) initiative

11 State Energy Sector Partnership & Training The application was prepared by –NYSDOL (Co-chair). –NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) (Co-chair). –Governor’s Office. Deputy Secretary for Labor and Financial Regulation. Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy. –Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT). –New York City LWIB. –Workforce Development Institute. –Empire State Development Corporation. –NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal

12 State Energy Sector Partnership & Training Leveraging is a fundamental principle of the strategy. –Allows effective and optimal use of public investment in job creation, workforce development and pathways out of poverty. About $1.22B in public investments are relevant to the State’s energy sector strategy across two categories: –Jobs (labor demand) – about $1.14B to create and retain jobs in RE and EE industries; and –Workforce Development (labor supply) – about $78M to provide workers with requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to be productive in the jobs

13 State Energy Sector Partnership & Training Jobs investments: –$98M – Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) collections in 2009 (PSC RPS Order, 9/24/09); –$172M – Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) collections in 2009 (PSC EEPS Order, 6/23/08); –$70M – Green Jobs – Green New York Act –$500M – Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP); –$123M – State Energy Program (SEP) under ARRA funding; and –$175M – Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)

14 State Energy Sector Partnership & Training Workforce Development investments: –$44.5M – Unskilled unemployed worker training (NYSDOL & OTDA). Emerging and Transitional Worker ($15M), Disconnected Youth ($5M), Career Pathways ($17.5M), and Green Jobs Corp. ($7M). –$7.7M – Regional sectors initiatives (NYSDOL). –$6.6M – Workforce funding by the PSC under the EEPS. –$4M – Workforce funding under GJ-GNY (funded through RGGI). –$4M – Capacity (NYSERDA and PSC) for the network of 10 residential EE learning centers (i.e., Centers for Energy Efficiency and Building Sciences). –$1.9M – Knowledge Transfer and Accreditations-Certifications (NYSERDA). –$9M – Energy efficiency and building performance training (NYSERDA) under the System Benefit Charge (SBC) programs

15 State Energy Sector Partnership & Training Proposal Budget – $6M (maximum award). –Regional Project Teams ($550,000). –Capacity Building ($3,679,137). Knowledge Transfer and Networking ($125,000). Interactive Video Presence ($695,790). Classroom Training Equipment ($2,558,347) –Energy Efficiency ($850,000); Wind ($838,347); Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal ($600,000); and Geothermal ($270,000). Accreditation & Certification ($300,000). –Worker Training ($1,450,000). Energy Efficiency ($850,000); Wind ($300,000); and Solar Thermal ($300,000). –Administration ($370,863)

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