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NSJV Index, Small Business Survey released at State of the North San Joaquin Valley Conference

Nov 7, 2017

The University of the Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research will release its annual North San Joaquin Valley Index and the Small Business Survey at the fourth annual State of San Joaquin Conference.

The Nov. 16 conference is sponsored by JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and takes place in the Napa Room of the DoubleTree at 1150 9th St. in Modesto. The program lasts from 8:30 to 10 a.m. following breakfast and registration beginning at 7:30 a.m.

"Our North San Joaquin Valley project highlights key socioeconomic challenges facing the region and opportunities for interregional collaboration," said Jeffrey Michael, executive director of the Center for Business and Policy Research. "It's very important to identify those regional opportunities as the North San Joaquin Valley becomes increasingly integrated with the Northern California Megaregion." The megaregion is composed of some 21 counties that can be grouped into four regions, the Bay Area, the North San Joaquin Valley, the Monterey Bay Area, and the Sacramento Area.

Michael will present the third annual NSJV Index of indicators for the three-county NSJV region, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties. This will be followed by a panel discussion focused on one of the key challenges, workforce skills development, moderated by CBPR associate director Thomas Pogue. 

"Our region has the second lowest level of human capital in California, but it's increasingly interconnected with high-skill economies in Northern California," Pogue said. "So, it's very important that we examine the features of existing skills and the confidence gap, and look at how technology companies are leaning in to solve these problems."

The panel discussion, titled "bridging the skills and confidence gap" will review solutions involving policy makers, businesses and educational institutions working together to create skills-training programs that equip workers to engage in more knowledge intensive jobs. The panel will highlight the increasing number of these partnerships, but also identify what is needed to truly transform economic opportunities in the NSJV and deepen the global competitiveness of the Northern California Megaregion.

The event is free and includes a full breakfast with pre-registration, but seating is limited and those interested in attending should preregister soon. For further details and to register, go to the event site at or visit and search for the 2017 State of the NSJV.

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