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REACH 2030 aims to create 15K new Central Coast jobs

California unemployment rate falls to 4.1 percent
Posted at 8:06 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 00:34:02-04

A regional coalition of economic experts and business leaders unveiled a plan Thursday to create 15,000 new jobs on the Central Coast by 2030.

REACH 2030 aims to create jobs with annual salaries of at least $50,000. The goal was set after an analysis of local workforce and population trends.

"We still don't know the second and third degree impacts of COVID on the economic well-being of our businesses, our employees, or their families, but we know that people were struggling before and it has only gotten worse," said Melissa James, REACH President/CEO.

The plan focuses on six initiatives:

  • Foster the start-up, attraction and expansion of high-wage industries in agritech, cleantech & renewable energy, aerospace & defense, precision manufacturing and technology
  • Build a thriving space enterprise at Vandenberg Air Force Base
  • Influence the transformation of Diablo Canyon
  • Champion regional planning in support of economic expansion
  • Spur infrastructure investment through collaboration and innovation
  • Expand and integrate education opportunities

Click here to view the REACH 2030 Action Plan for Central Coast Job Creation.