Application Workshop Announcement

Community Benefits and Workforce Plan Workshop

Date 06/13/2024
Time 11:30 - 12:30PM PST
Location Virtual – Zoom
Hosted by New Energy Nexus, UCB Labor Center, and CALSTART
Link Register

Join Our "Race to the Top" Webinar Next Week!

"In a high-road economy, firms compete by capturing the value of innovation, quality, and worker skill, rather than pursuing a 'low-road' race to the bottom based on low wages and cutting corners." — California's ZEV Strategy (2021)

The PowerForward program is designed to accelerate a high-road ZEV battery manufacturing industry in California: one that values quality jobs, equity for disadvantaged communities, and environmental sustainability. This approach builds on core strategies embedded in the federal Inflation Reduction Act programs, which encourage employers to develop partnerships aimed at fostering workforce and community benefits. High-road employers can access funding opportunities at the state and federal level, as well as the potential PowerForward investment.

In this webinar, experts will introduce the elements of the PowerForward program that support high-road outcomes, and discuss how applicants can incorporate these types of strategies.

What to expect:
  • High level share around the high road opportunity in California.
  • Explanation of the workforce and community benefits section of the Power Forward application.
  • Real talk and insights from high road experts including Betony Jones, Director, Office of Energy Jobs, US Department of Energy (stay tuned for follow-on announcements)

Derek Maunus is CEO of Gillig, a CA based highroad employer and a U.S. leading manufacturer of heavy duty public transit, including zero emission battery electric buses.

Betony Jones serves as Labor Advisor to the Secretary of Energy and Director of the Office of Energy Jobs. In this role, she shapes U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) policy to prioritize job creation and economic equity within the clean energy sector.

Access to follow-on support, resources, and time for Q&A.

High-Road Jobs Webinar