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