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Job Growth in the Gold Country

Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that he and legislative leaders are considering a series of measures to address California’s persistent unemployment, suggesting he has a jobs plan.

Brown said in his gubernatorial campaign last year that growth in renewable energy could create at least 500,000 jobs, and he has increasingly talked about clean energy since passage of the state budget. Steven Frish, President of the Sierra Business Council says jobs should be the number one job of the governor.

“Jobs should be the number one issue on the governor’s agenda after having secured the budget. It’s the single most important issue in the state of California. None of those issues can be solved unless we solve the jobs issue; and that means putting people back to work.”

But Frish says although a high speed rail system for the central valley and manufacturing for southern California may make sense, Nevada County and other foothill communities are different.

“In the Sierra Nevada, we need a fundamentally different approach. We have rural economies that are predominantly small business. The issues that we’re facing are fundamentally different. We need to look at things like vocational education and training at the high school level so we can prepare people for the jobs that we have emerging in the new economy, freeing up investment capital so small businesses can get the loans and the investments that they need to expand operations.”

Frish says The Sierra Business council is hosting the 2011 Sierra Innovation Summit addressing the current economic landscape of the Sierra, Friday September 16th at the Rocklin Campus of Sierra College. You can learn more at S B Council.org.

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