Minutes from November 27, 2018 Open Board Meeting-IEGO/Brookings Report Update

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Open Board of Directors Meeting

Norton Regional Event Center
1601 E. Third St., Suite 138
San Bernardino, CA 92408


Present:   Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Ann Bryan, Mike Burrows, Ken Coate, Kevin Dyerly, Adam Eventov, Ashley Gaines, Louis Goodwin, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Bill Lemann, P.T. McEwen, John Mirau, Tomas Morales, Dan Murphy, Roman Nava, Keven Porter, Kevin Pulliam, Thomas Rice, Dan Roberts, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, Phil Southard, David VanVoorhis, Ray Wolfe and Frank Zabaleta.

Guests: Tobin Brinker, Jeff Kraus, Robert Nava, Catherine Prichett, Frank Reyes and Arnold San Miguel.

Announcements: 1) The Inland Action Holiday party will be held at the home of Ann & Vaughn Bryan on Thursday, December 6, 2018.  An e-mail invitation will be sent out to members today.  2)  There are two openings on the SBCTA Oversight Commission for Measure I spending.  3)  Pam Langford has been promoted to Assistant Vice President at Cal State, San Bernardino.

M/S/P: Minutes from November 20, 2018.

Mark Kaenel introduced Lou Monville, Project Manager and Karthick Ramacrishnan, Research Lead for Inland Economic Growth and Opportunity (IEGO).

IEGO are private and public sector leaders from Riverside and San Bernardino counties who have catalyzed an effort to forge a strategic agenda for advancing inclusive growth and opportunity that will benefit residents of both counties and put the region on the path to a more prosperous and secure future.

The IEGO goal statement is to: Develop actionable strategies and initial tactics, along with commitments for implementation, focused on growing more middle-skill/middle-income jobs and ensuring access to them.   Their key findings:

  1. Local-serving sectors provide nearly two-thirds of the region’s private-sector jobs, many of which are low-paid, and their growth is spurred by local economic development policies and practices.
  2. Established industry clusters provide many jobs in the region that tend to be lower-paid but firms could improve the quality of jobs by increasing productivity and tapping new sources of growth.
  3. Emerging industry clusters in certain forms of advanced manufacturing and advanced services are small but growing rapidly and provide high concentrations of opportunity jobs.
  4. Regional assets and advantages could fuel development of new, high-tech industry clusters that tend to provide high concentrations of opportunity jobs.
  5. At least 250,000 working-age adults in struggling families would need some form of post-secondary education to qualify for a typical opportunity job in the region.


  1. New models of career and technical education, such as apprenticeships, accelerated credentialing, and employer investment in talent, are gaining traction but do not yet engage enough employers or workers.
  2. Women and people of color—particularly Hispanics—are much more likely to live in families that struggle to make ends meet and are less likely to hold opportunity jobs.

The Foundational Industries Work Group focused primarily on advanced manufacturing and logistics/warehousing.  They assessed how to improve the quality of existing jobs and reviewed the competitiveness of these established industries in which the region holds significant strengths.  They prioritized promising regional tactics to scale up value-added work opportunities, acceleration of “good job” industry growth, and improvement of pathways for workers.

Emerging Industries Group assessed the potential to accelerate the development of good jobs in sectors in which the region exhibits some strengths or assets such as life sciences, environmental/energy technologies and advanced business services.  They researched seven prominent, rising, scalable industry sectors within the region.

Skills and Access Group focused on how to expand training and skill building for working-age adults in industries that offer good jobs and increase access to those jobs, particularly among women and people of color. They assessed potential and barriers to coordinated capacity expansion, including coordinated training and skill-building programs and industry partnerships.   They prioritized promising, scalable, regional tactics that will increase access to training and skill building opportunities, accelerate growth, and improve career pathways for workers.

These groups have each created detailed & informed implementation guides with short- and long-term strategies.

Their strategy framework:

  • Make the region the home of global innovation in the logistics industry
  • Strengthen the competitiveness of the region’s advanced manufacturers
  • Accelerate growth of promising emerging industries in areas with potential to grow more middle-skill/higher-wage jobs
  • Distinguish the Inland Empire as a national leader in the adoption of work-based career and technical education with extensive employer engagement in a wide range of sectors and occupations.

The next steps include:

  • A final report in internal draft review process with Core Team and Brookings. Expected to be delivered to IEGO Executive Committee in December for approval and released to the public in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Brookings report on Opportunity Industries to be released in December and sets the stage for release of the IEGO report.
  • Executive Committee subcommittee continues to work on strategy implementation framework and related leadership. To be completed with report release in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Grant applications (JP Morgan Chase, more) for continued funding

For more information please visit www.inlandgrowth.com

A Q & A period followed.
Meeting Adjourned 8:31 a.m.