Inland Empire jobs programs join forces
SAN BERNARDINO – The Regional Workforce Development Plan unveiled this week by San Bernardino and Riverside counties will help businesses create high-quality jobs and give them the training tools necessary for a competitive labor force.
The regional program compliments local plans that encourage business growth by helping employers find qualified workers. The development and execution of these plans are mandated by state and national workforce regulations for local areas funded by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
“San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire have an extraordinary economic opportunity in front of us. Our region will be a leader in driving job creation across Southern California, and our regional workforce plan will ensure that we take full advantage of that,” said Robert Lovingood, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
The Inland Empire has created nearly 240,000 jobs during the past five years and is now nearly 100,000 jobs ahead of where it was at the pre-recession high. Growth has come in the healthcare and logistics industries. With nearly 4.5 million people, the Inland Empire is among the largest – and fastest growing – population centers in the state and a sought-after location for companies looking to expand.
The regional and local workforce plans were developed by the Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) of the two counties, with input from partners, customers and key stakeholders representing business, education, labor, economic development and community-based organizations.
Reg Javier, San Bernardino County’s Deputy Executive Officer for Workforce and Economic Development, said the plans align with the San Bernardino County WDB’s commitment to transforming lives and supporting business growth.
“This supports a strong, vibrant economy and will allow us – as a county and a region – to take advantage of a growth opportunity others would covet,” Javier said. “It starts by listening to our businesses and building an employment pipeline that meets their needs.”