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TTCA Awards All 58 Counties in California for Their Welfare-to-Work Job Creation Programs.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 2, 2002

The California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency (TTCA) announced today it will present certificates of recognition and appreciation to all 58 counties in California for their roles in the Job Creation Investment Fund (JCIF) grant program. The JCIF County Recognition Event will be held during the California Association for Local Economic Development's annual conference in the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, One Market Place, on April 4, 2002, at 5 p.m.

Senator John Vasconcellos (D -- San Jose) authored legislation in the state's Welfare-to-Work Act (AB 1542, Chapter 270 of 1977) that provided funding for the JCIF program. All 58 California counties participated in the JCIF program that created thousands of new jobs for CalWORKs recipients transitioning from welfare to work.

"I'm honored to present these certificates of recognition and appreciation to all the counties for their extraordinary collaboration efforts. They helped create real jobs for real people, which will help them move from dependency to independence," said TTCA Secretary Lon S. Hatamiya. "Many counties exceeded their JCIF goals and have achieved tremendous success in working together with communities that will have benefits for years to come."

Since JCIF's inception under the state's Welfare-to-Work Act, more than 600,000 adults receiving public assistance in California were required to transition off of welfare. JCIF was created by California legislation in 1997 and is scheduled to end June 30, 2002. The program called for local collaboration between city and county governments, economic development organizations, human resource agencies, education and local employers. JCIF helped communities build and strengthen their capacity to successfully develop and implement job creation activities for adult CalWORKs participants. In addition, JCIF provided information, services, and models of best practices to communities in an effort to successfully link economic development activities with welfare reform. The results of JCIF's success are outlined in the publication Collaborating For Results: Job Creation Strategies & Solutions, printed through the TTCA.

Each county formulated a Job Creation Task Force that required strong local collaboration in the planning and implementation phases of the program. As a result, a broad spectrum of job creation activities were developed statewide, including strategies such as microenterprise, business information centers, entrepreneurial training, and infrastructure funding.

TTCA took the lead in promoting local economic development and providing local governments and community-based organizations with the resources necessary to achieve their economic development goals.

The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) was one of the partners responsible for legislation that created JCIF, and participated in organizing and training sessions during the program's launch. CALED is a statewide professional economic development membership organization dedicated to advancing its members' ability to deliver economic development services to their communities and business clients.

For more information about JCIF, visit TTCA's website at http://commerce.ca.gov, click "Business and Community Resources," then "Additional Information" to find the link to the Job Creation Investment Fund. This site will be updated after publication of the JCIF Final Report.

The California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency serves as the state's principal catalyst for innovation, investment and economic opportunity, enhancing the quality of life for all Californians.
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