WHAT IS California
Jobs First?

California Jobs First is a new $600 million California State funding opportunity to support an equitable and sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications will be accepted from 13 regions across the state Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin together comprise the Northern San Joaquin Region

North Valley THRIVE was awarded a $5 million two-year planning grant. This is enabling the collaborative to develop a proposal compete for a share of $500 million in statewide implementation grants.

California Jobs First is a once-in-a-generation chance to create a shared vision for our region's future and create space for Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties to work more closely together to benefit each other.

North Valley THRIVE Events & Recordings

Multiple organizations from different sectors came together and provided input and support to create the the Northern San Joaquin CJF region planning grant application. To get up to speed on the conversations this collaborative had, below are the recordings of our meetings.

Quarterly Updates

Data Conversations

  • Baseline Assessment Report Out: Demographics and Regional Inequalities Tue. Jan 30, 2024 12:00 PM
  • Baseline Assessment Report Out: Economic Structures and Highroad Jobs Thu. Feb 8, 2024 12:00 PM
  • Baseline Assessment Report Out: Climate and Public Health Thu. Feb 15, 2024 12:00 PM
Regional Coalition Meetings

Upcoming Coalition Meetings

  • Thu. Sep 19, 2024 TBD
Inclusive Planning

Inclusive engagement across diverse regional stakeholders will be a foundational step in the diversification of California’s economies and the creation of high-quality and broadly accessible jobs

Regional Flexibility

California Jobs First planning grants will allow for flexible economic analysis at various geographic scales, including economic flows between different regions, and implementation grants will allow for projects that cross regional boundaries

Leveraging Funds

California Jobs First will leverage state investments (e.g., High Road Training Partnerships, capacity building programs), federal investments (e.g EDA BBB Challenge), and philanthropic and private-sector investments to maximize recovery

Sustainable industries that create high-quality jobs

Our goal

Create a broad and inclusive proposal development and planning process to diversify and strengthen our local economies and grow sustainable industries that create high-quality jobs for all.

Core focus

Reflect the needs and priorities of communities and stakeholders across the region and generate ideas and project opportunities to build community wealth for years to come.

Equity is the path to a prosperous, healthy and resilient California.

Smart, targeted investments that empower those most impacted by the pandemic and structural inequities can make the California dream a reality for everyone.

The state’s historic $600 million California Jobs First will support the development of regional economic roadmaps that invest in industries that will thrive in a carbon-neutral future, create high-quality jobs, and build a more equitable economy that works for all.

Learn About Our Region Read Our Baseline Report

This summary serves as a gateway to understanding the rich tapestry of data and analysis contained within the full report. From demographic shifts to economic trends, from infrastructure assessments to workforce dynamics, this summary distills complex information into actionable knowledge, empowering stakeholders to make informed decisions that drive progress and prosperity.

North Vally THRIVE Stay updated & get involved

To keep informed and engaged in the California Jobs First proposal development process, please share your name, organization, and email address. You will receive a survey asking about your priorities, the level of time you would like to dedicate to this process, and how to continually expand the Northern San Joaquin Valley CJF collaborative to better represent regional needs and opportunities.