21st Century Workforce


To maintain a vibrant and prosperous economy, our region must have a talented workforce — educated, trained and ready — for emerging opportunities in the 21st century economy.

Valley Vision has defined the route to get there:

  • Identify skill gaps
  • Promote educational pathways
  • Assess future employment needs
  • Improve linkages across industry sectors
  • Support access to workforce training
    • Our objective is to increase regional economic prosperity by aligning skills development and educational opportunities that create pathways to high-quality jobs.

      Our Metric: Increase the percentage of the population with a post high school certificate or degree to 45% by 2027.

    • The Capital Region faces a critical skills gap where workers are not learning the right skills to meet high-growth industry demand, causing employers an inability to fill vacant positions. Valley Vision is addressing this issue by:

      • Providing research to clarify where high-growth jobs will occur in the next ten years
      • Improving the talent pipeline by increasing coordination between employers and educators
      • Improving the employer advisory systems to make it easier for employers to engage
      • Ensuring that students are ready for employment by increasing the number of internships and work-based opportunities for students in the region.
    • In order for our regional economy to retain talent and grow economically, we are increasing the alignment between employment and education and training opportunities. This will help students and workers access the educational pathways they need.





Featured Projects


A region-wide economic analysis conducted in 2012 turned attention to six promising business clusters that the Sacramento region could tap for job creation and growth opportunity. Advanced Manufacturing, Education and Knowledge Creation, Clean Energy Technology, Information and …

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Regions across the U.S. that have great jobs and high employment are those regions that work strategically to align education with their economic objectives. The Sacramento region’s educational pipeline consists of a strong and diverse …

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Next Economy, the Sacramento region’s playbook for carrying out joint economic development activities to help shift our economic trajectory, is among Valley Vision’s more comprehensive region-wide projects in recent years. The primary product of the …

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Could Hackathons Fix the Food System?

Hackathons could solve some of the world’s biggest problems. That was my main takeaway from volunteering at the recent Apps for Ag Hackathon, where over 50 people worked feverishly for 48 hours to build cutting-edge …

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A Wellness Policy for the 21st Century

Last week the Sacramento Bee ran an op-ed about work undertaken by Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and community partners in revising the district wellness policy. The op-ed, co-authored by Amber Stott of the …

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Our Broadband Plan for 2017

As the global economy continues its transformation into a digital economy – with smart cities, smart cars, cloud computing and the quickly evolving Internet of Things – broadband connectivity, or high-speed Internet access, has become …

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