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In the Community

NOVA Hosts Congressman Ro Khanna

On August 24, NOVA hosted a visit from Congressman Ro Khanna. The visit was an opportunity to showcase NOVA’s contributions to the community assisting residents return to work and providing employers with the skills necessary to compete in today’s highly competitive marketplace. The visit included a meeting with NOVA Director Kris Stadelman and members of the NOVA Workforce Board, followed by participation in the weekly convening of ProMatch that serves dislocated workers from the professional fields, and concluded with a tour of the NOVA Job Center in Sunnyvale. NOVA would like to thank Congressman Khanna for visiting NOVA and meeting with NOVA staff and customers.

U.S. Senator Feinstein’s Staff Visits NOVA

On August 15, NOVA hosted a visit from Congressional staff from U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office. The purpose of this visit was to provide important information about the skill needs of employers in Silicon Valley to ensure that businesses have the right talent to succeed locally and compete globally. This will require an investment in workforce development in order to prepare workers for future demand-driven jobs, rather than the decline in federal funding that has occurred over the past several years. As part of the visit, NOVA hosted several roundtable discussions with an employer group, customer group and members of the NOVA Workforce Board. The visit also included a tour of the NOVA Job Center in Sunnyvale. NOVA would like to thank Senator Feinstein’s staff for visiting NOVA and meeting with NOVA staff and community stakeholders.

NOVA Director Named to NPower Regional Board

NPower, a national nonprofit providing free technology training and job placement assistance, invited NOVA Director Kris Stadelman to join the regional advisory board for NPower California (NPower CA). NPower CA has offices in San Mateo and Alameda and will serve military veterans and their spouses. For more information, please review the press release.

Mountain View Technology Showcase

On July 12, the NOVA Employer Services team participated in the third annual Technology Showcase, hosted by the City of Mountain View and Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and funded by Google, LinkedIn, Intuit and Yamaha Motors Venture. The purpose of this event is to bring together innovators from the local community to exhibit the latest technology. NOVA was invited to exhibit and was joined by: Google’s Virtual Reality Day Dream system, NASA’s business units in supercomputer simulations, drone, Human Map and others, Hoverboard Technologies, Mobile Art Academy, Library technology, Police Command Vehicle, and many more. NOVA provided information about its business and job seeker services to community residents who were seeking employment assistance.

Silicon Valley Workforce and Trade Forum

On May 16, the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) convened a forum about the trends and pressing issues with workforce and trade in the high-tech sector. The event was held at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and was attended by a broad range of representatives from Silicon Valley employers, workforce and economic developers, academia, and governmental and nonprofit agencies. As part of the presentations, NOVA Workforce Board Co-chair Chris Galy of Ten-X presented on the industry sectors and workforce trends in this region and the issues facing workers and employers. In the future, the BLS is hoping for greater participation from the tech sector in future employer surveys that are used to capture the current and projected employment picture.

2017 San Mateo County Progress Seminar

On April 21-23, San Mateo County held its 48th annual Progress Seminar, a convening to identify and tackle the most pressing regional issues facing this community. This conference is considered the premiere event for the county’s community leaders representing business, education, government and community-based organizations. With the addition of San Mateo County to the NOVA consortium, this is the second year that NOVA has participated in this event that provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with current partners and forge new relationships in this area. Rosanne Foust of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) and NOVA Workforce Board member, California State Assembly Member Kevin Mullin and San Mateo County Board of Supervisor Carole Groom were Progress Seminar co-chairs. The focus of this year’s breakout sessions was on housing, transportation/traffic congestion, big data, and the new cannabis cash crop. Overall, the event was another tremendous success!

Milken Institute Global Conference

In April, NOVA Director Kris Stadelman was invited to attend the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles. This annual event convenes “the best minds in the world to tackle the most stubborn challenges” and this year the theme was on building meaningful lives. The director participated on a panel titled,  “Not Working: Solutions to America’s Underemployment Crisis” that was moderated by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times and included panelists: Rev. Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries, Alan Krueger of Princeton University, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., and Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Other guest presenters at the conference included: former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Joe Biden, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, David Solomon of Goldman Sachs, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, John Chambers of Cisco Systems, and Eric Schmidt of Alphabet, among many others.

Leadership Sunnyvale Presentation

On April 21, NOVA Director Kris Stadelman was invited to present to Leadership Sunnyvale, as part of the Civic Affairs Seminar. This was an opportunity to educate upcoming community leaders in Sunnyvale about the economic and workforce trends impacting the region and the workforce development services that NOVA provides to local residents and employers that support the Valley’s quality of life.

Boston Hosts NOVA

On March 1, NOVA Director Kris Stadelman was invited to present at a forum that was hosted by the Boston, MA workforce development and philanthropic communities. This was the second of three forums convened to: 1) sustain community-wide engagement on IT/tech workforce challenges; 2) inspire ideas for a local response to issues identified; and 3) showcase local innovators and learn from exemplar practices in other cities. Over 150 participants attended this forum, with representatives from education, workforce development agencies, philanthropy, and the tech industry. The director presented on a panel that included: moderator Phil Jordan of Economic Advancement Research Institute, with whom NOVA has worked on several industry research projects; Tess Posner of Opportunity@Work; David Delmar of Resilient Coders; and Ronald Mitchell of Virgil, Inc., with whom NOVA is partnering on a career mapping assessment tool with Upwardly Global and on the new Google.org grant.

NOVA is currently collaborating with the Boston workforce development community to explore piloting a tech talent exchange (TTX), a public-private partnership that will serve as a talent hub, training center and technology-recruiting venue for regional job seekers pursuing tech careers.