Thu. Mar 23rd, 2023

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at its Tuesday meeting to allocate $1.three million for the subsequent phase of the Stanislaus 2030 project.

The county will negotiate a 3-year term with the Stanislaus Neighborhood Foundation to serve as the lead agency for the 2030 project, which appears to bolster financial improvement in the area.

Of the $1.three million, $700,000 will establish the initial system assistance and the remaining $600,000 will fund the formation and operations of the Stanislaus Intermediary Organization.

“We spent the superior portion of a year analyzing our neighborhood economy and attempting to brainstorm with the finest minds we could, inside the neighborhood as properly as outdoors, to position ourselves for a a lot more robust and equitable economy for future generations,” mentioned Stanislaus County CEO Jody Hayes. “These are lengthy-term considerations. They may possibly have some quick-term wins, but we’re extremely, extremely focused on lengthy-term investment and lengthy-term strategic financial effect right here in Stanislaus County.”

Amanda Hughes, the chief tactic officer at the Stanislaus Neighborhood Foundation, will be the point individual for foundation’s efforts.

“We are truly encouraged by the Board of Supervisors’ assistance, in partnership with the Stanislaus Neighborhood Foundation, to truly make the circumstances required for collaboration at the population level,” mentioned Marian Kaanan, CEO of the Stanislaus Neighborhood Foundation. “To do that, we need to have a quarterback and (Amanda) is uniquely certified to do this variety of operate.”

In Could of 2021, the Board authorized a prioritized list of spending techniques for the $107 million it received in American Rescue Strategy Act (ARPA) funds. Of that $107 million, $30 million was earmarked for financial improvement and job creation.

According to the Stanislaus 2030 Investment Blueprint, a 55-web page deep dive into county economics prepared by diverse neighborhood workgroups with advisors from the Brookings Institution, a lot more than half of the county’s population — about 214,000 people today — struggle to make ends meet.

Only about 13 % of jobs in the Stanislaus can be classified as “good” jobs, though one more 22 % are viewed as “promising.” The remaining 65 % — practically two of each and every 3 jobs — fail to meet the requirements for making certain self-sufficiency, the report states.

And this straight impacts kids in the county.

“We have about 145,000 kids in Stanislaus County and 90,000 are expanding up in struggling households,” Hayes mentioned throughout Tuesday’s meeting. “But the quantity that truly popped out for us was 85 % of these kids have at least a single adult functioning in the household. So, we’re not speaking about struggling households exactly where people today are not functioning, we’re speaking about functioning households and the struggles they’re facing in today’s economy.”

To halve the quantity of kids in struggling situations, the area will need to have to make 40,000 a lot more “good” jobs than at the moment exist.

Up to $200,000 of the funds authorized Tuesday will be employed for kid-care applications, enabling adults who seek additional job coaching the capability to afford kid-care solutions.

“In addition to workforce coaching, we ought to spend unique interest to non-coaching barriers to enter the workforce and coaching applications,” Hughes told the board Tuesday. “Through our operate with Stanislaus 2030, and this is not a significant shocker, kid care is a important barrier for us. Youngster care is so fundamentally critical for financial prosperity.”

Hughes pointed out that in order to meet present workforce demands, the county demands 36,000 a lot more kid care slots than at the moment exist — pre-COVID numbers that are probably larger right now, some 3 years soon after the begin of the pandemic.


By Editor