Core Principles

California’s EDGE campaign is a coalition of diverse groups – including business, labor, education and workforce organizations, and community-based organizations – whose goal is to persuade the governor, legislature, and other policymakers to implement a coherent and well-integrated workforce investment strategy that addresses the skill needs of employers and provides opportunities for all California residents.

To build a broadly shared, talent-based prosperity California’s EDGE campaign proposes that California must:

  • Invest in regional workforce and economic development strategies to build prosperous communities and competitive industries.
  • Provide all Californians access to high quality postsecondary education and skills training.
  • Provide working adults with opportunities to move up the skill ladder.
  • Link workforce programs and institutions to create pathways to high wage jobs.
  • Align program goals and measures to achieve a shared vision of California’s future and to ensure accountability.

To read the full text of California’s EDGE Campaign statement of principles go to:


The EDGE Principles were endorsed by the following organizations:

    Alameda County Office of Education
    Alameda County Workforce Investment Board
    Allan Hancock College
    Alliance Worknet of Stanislaus County
    American Composites Manufacturers Association
    Anaheim Workforce Investment Board
    Appian Engineering, Inc.
    Bay Area Council
    Bay Area Council Economic Institute
    Big Brown Eyes Productions
    The Boeing Company
    California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO)
    California Budget Project
    California Coalition for Construction in the Classroom
    California Commission for Economic Development
    California Council for Adult Education
    California Labor Federation AFL-CIO
    California Manufacturing and Technology Association
    California Science Education Initiative
    California Space Authority
    California Space Education & Workforce Institute
    California Transportation & Logistics Institute
    California Workforce Association
    Calloway & Associates
    Career Ladders Project
    CathedralFinancial Group, Inc.
    Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy
    Center for Employment Training
    Central Valley Asian-American Chamber of Commerce
    Central Valley Opportunity Center
    Cerritos College
    Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
    Children and Family Futures
    City of Hayward
    City of Sunnyvale
    City of Watsonville
    Colton Joint Unified School District
    Community College League of California
    Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley
    Economic Development Administration of San Joaquin
    El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce
    The Entertainment Economy Institute
    Fast Future
    Financial Statement Services, Inc.
    Foothill-De Anza Community College District
    Foothill Workforce Investment Board
    Gateway Cities Partnership, Inc.
    Greater Long Beach Workforce Development Board
    Golden Sierra Workforce Investment Board
    Golden Valley Health Centers
    Goodwill Industries of San Francisco
    Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
    Human Services Agency
    Information Technology Consortium
    Insight Center for Community Economic Development (formerly NEDLC)
    International Association of Nanotechnology
    Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California
    Jewish Vocational Service
    Job Impact!
    Kaiser Permanente
    Kelly Space & Technology, Inc.
    Kern, Inyo, Mono Workforce Investment Board
    KP Consulting
    LA Works
    Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
    Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles
    Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
    Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
    Los Angeles Health Care Workforce Development Program
    Madera County Workforce Investment Board
    Marin Employment Connection
    Mendocino County Workforce Investment Board
    Merced Adult School
    Merced County Workforce Investment Board
    Monterey County Business Council
    Mother Lode Job Training
    Mt. San Antonio College
    Napa Workforce Investment Board
    National Association of Working Seniors
    New Ways to Work
    Next 10
    North Bay Veterans Resource Centers
    North Central Counties Consortium
    NOVA Workforce Board
    Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
    Palomar College
    Private Industry Council of San Luis Obispo
    Project HIRED
    Riverside County Workforce Development Board
    Scaramento City College
    Sacramento Works, Inc.
    San Bernardino County WIB
    San Diego Workforce Investment Board
    San Diego Workforce Partnership
    San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
    San Francisco Center for Economic Development
    San Joaquin County Worknet
    San Mateo Community College District
    Santa Ana Workforce Investment Board
    Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau
    Santa Cruz County Workforce Investment Board
    Santa Monica City College
    Say it Better Center LLC
    SEIU Local 1877, Building Skills Partnership
    Skyline College
    Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board
    Southern California Indian Center
    Sonoma County Human Services Department / WIB
    Sonoma Valley Adult School
    South Bay Workforce Investment Board
    South Hayward United Methodist Church
    State Building and Construction Trades Council of California
    State Center Community College District
    Tinetti Realty Group
    Tulare County Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
    United Way of Greater Los Angeles
    Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA)
    Verdugo Workforce Investment Board
    West Los Angeles College
    Western Hardware Company
    Westside Economic Collaborative
    The Workforce Alliance
    Workforce Investment Board of Imperial County
    Women At Work
    Women’s Initiative for Self Employment
    Worker Education & Resource Center, Inc.
    Workforce and Economic Development Program, California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
    Workforce Investment Board of Humboldt County
    Workforce Investment Board of Imperial County
    Workforce Investment Board of Marin County
    Workforce Investment Board of Solano County

Endorsements as of March 6, 2009