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Last month, California businesses and our growing clean energy economy got a big boost when the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to re-adopt the state's groundbreaking Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) - the innovative market-based rule that aims to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by at least 10 percent by 2020. 

The LCFS was strongly supported by a wide cross-section of business and political leaders. The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board endorsed the LCFS and noted that "a string of major businesses - eBay, KB Home and Dignity Health among them" - was backing the fuel rule. 
California State Treasurer John Chiang authored an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee where he explained that "the fuel standard ... tells entrepreneurs and fuel producers that there will be a steady and growing demand for cleaner options. It levels the playing field." 
Kevin de León, California Senate President Pro Tempore, commented that "by requiring an overall reduction in the carbon intensity of our fuels, but not prescribing the use of specific alternatives to petroleum, the LCFS encourages private sector competition, innovation and job creation. This competition benefits Californians on numerous levels, including through improved health and fuel cost-savings."

The re-adoption of the LCFS is another feather in California's cap of smart policies to advance our clean energy economy.

~Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance
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Sacramento Bee - Sept. 24

Sacramento Bee - Sept. 23

Huffington Post - September 21

Sacramento Bee - September 14

Press Enterprise - September 4
CMBCalifornia Means Business (CMB)
Recent CMB News Highlights

California's economic growth will continue to outpace the rest of the nation over the next five years, according to a new forecast, though the expansion is expected to slow after next year. Despite recent turmoil in the financial markets and slowing growth in China, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.'s annual forecast predicted continued job growth and economic output in the state through 2020. 
Los Angeles Times 9/30/2015

States that consistently rank at the top for business performance know what it takes to be successful - an attractive business environment (taxes, incentives, permitting), labor pool (cost, availability, education, skill level, training), and infrastructure/global access (transportation infrastructure, energy costs, intermodal capabilities, certified sites). When combined with a creative and proactive state economic development team, these advantages can seem irresistible to companies that are looking to locate or expand their operations.
Area Development Q3/2015
Samsung on Thursday officially opened its newest US offices, giving the company a bigger presence in Silicon Valley. "We really want to leverage the [new site] as the foundation for our presence in Silicon Valley," Jim Elliott, corporate vice president of memory marketing at Samsung, said Thursday during the company's opening ceremony. The $300 million campus, located north of downtown San Jose, houses research and development and sales operations for Samsung's US semiconductor business, which counts Apple, Nvidia and other companies among its customers.
CNET 9/24/2015
Restaurant operator DineEquity Inc. said Thursday that it would move the headquarters of its Applebee's International Inc. chain from suburban Kansas City, Mo., to its Glendale corporate home.
LA Business Journal 9/3/2015

Click here to read more CMB news.
Op-Ed Highlight
by Hank Ryan, 
Board Member, Small Business California 
Founding Member, California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy
Fox & Hounds
September 22, 2015

There's a famous optical illusion where one person sees a vase while another sees two faces in profile. That's what it felt like for me, as a small business owner on the board of Small Business California, to read High Costs of Climate Change Policies Don't Help California Manufacturing (Sept. 14) by Dorothy Rothrock at the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA). 

When I look at California's pioneering policies on climate change, efficiency, and clean energy, I see competitive advantage and economic opportunity-and so do the 3,000 other employers, representing 3.2 million small businesses, who are part of the Small Business California network. 

Our ranks might not include global giants like ExxonMobil and BP America, who belong to CMTA. But Small Business California's members make up a good representative group of the 3.2 million small enterprises across the state. And we place a premium on growing our businesses in a responsible way. California's small businesses are often the first to demonstrate better ways of producing and delivering goods and services. When it comes to making money in a more energy-efficient way that is healthier for our employees, families, and communities, we are all in favor-and we are not alone.

Hank Ryan has founded several successful small businesses, including Efficiency Data & Development, an energy-efficiency consulting firm. He is on the board of directors of Small Business California, a nonpartisan advocacy group and network of 3,000 employers that is working for the wellbeing of small businesses in California.
Read the full article here.
coolcaliforniaSmall Business Awards Opportunity
6th CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards application period is open through Nov. 2

The CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program recognizes leadership and innovation among small businesses that take action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, promote climate friendly practices, and integrate sustainability throughout their operations. Since 2009, the program has recognized California businesses and organizations for exemplary environmental leadership, many of which have used the tools on CoolCalifornia.org to determine their carbon footprint, reduce their emissions, and save money.

To learn more and to apply, click here.

Visit CoolCallifornia.org to apply

Report Highlight

New Analysis Charts Productivity, Output, Growth of Manufacturing Sector in Clean Energy California

Next 10's new report analyzes electricity productivity - how much GDP manufacturers produce for every dollar spent on electricity - and finds that California generates $59 in GDP for every dollar spent on electricity, compared to $38 for the rest of the nation, leading every other state except Connecticut.

At the same time California continues to generate the most manufacturing output, jobs and exports of any state in the United States. Energy policies designed to promote efficiency and reduce energy bills are contributing to the state's manufacturing success.

"Energy policies that promote efficiency and reduce energy bills are contributing to the state's manufacturing success," said F. Noel Perry, businessman and founder of the nonprofit nonpartisan Next 10. "Even with the most aggressive carbon pollution reduction policies in the nation, California remains the top state for manufacturing."

To read the full report and learn more, click here
GoBizSmall Business Summit Series

GO-Biz Announces Small Bus. Summit Series
First Event in Clovis on October 13
The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is holding a series of small business summits throughout the state to help small business owners and entrepreneurs access resources to help them expand and add jobs.
The touring event program features presentations regarding the new California Business Portal, the Governor's Economic Development Initiatives, the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Office of Small Business Advocate, California Business Investment Services and California Infrastructure Bank. An expo featuring local resource partners and other state agencies accompanies the event. The summit is free to the public.
The GO-Biz "Grow California Business" Summit kicks off on October 13, 2015 in the Central Valley in Clovis. A second summit will be held in the first week of December 2015 in San Francisco. Future summit dates for 2016 are to be announced later this year.
To register, click here.  
About GO-Biz          
The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as California's single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. For more information visit: www.business.ca.gov.
gloshoMember Event Highlight

Innovators, Creators, Angels, Mavericks, Thought Leaders Wanted to Attend GLOSHO15
October 21 & 22

Alliance Member Los Angeles Cleantech Incuboator is hosting its annual Cleantech Global Showcase (GloSho) on October 21 and 22.

The summit will be held in Downtown Los Angeles and will convene an international group of entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, utility executives, and policymakers focused on the acceleration of clean technology and the funding of early stage cleantech entrepreneurs.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver a keynote address and additional featured GloSho speakers will Include:

Matthew Arnold
Managing Director and Head of Social & Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jaime Carlson
Director, Global Finance, SunEdison/Terraform Power

Emily Castor
Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft

Joshua Haacker
Managing Director, US Renewables Group

Mark Z. Jacobson
Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

Marco Krapels
Senior Vice President, Strategy, SolarCity

Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State

Steve Westly
Founder & Managing Partner, The Westly Group

To take advantage of the exclusive 10% discount offer for Alliance members, click here.
SVLGMember Event Highlight

Join Alliance member Silicon Valley Leadership Group on November 12th at Hitachi to engage companies and government agencies in a discussion about the direction for the distributed, data-driven grid of the future. The Summit will feature case studies for how the grid is delivering smarter energy, analytics, and outcomes for customers now. The Summit will also address what is the best market structure design for the future and what is the best distribution design for the future, and what policies are necessary to achieve those designs.
Follow this event on Twitter: #FutureGrid15.

To learn more and register, click here.
greenschoolEvent Highlight
Opening the Door to a Greener Future
October 29-30 
Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, California 


Schools are uniquely poised to open the door to a greener future. They will likely be the first place most students encounter determined efforts to conserve energy and water or to reduce waste. They can help students understand the relationships between human needs and activities and the ecosystems on which all life forms depend.

California has long been on the leading edge of the green schools movement; it was here that the nation's first green building rating program for K-12 schools was created. Through the Education and the Environment Initiative, the state created the country's first K-12 environmental literacy curriculum.


The first - and the largest - statewide green school event, the Summit, provides a unique opportunity for leaders from the nation's largest public education system to discover new ways to create healthy, efficient learning environments. Through an Expo featuring green products and services, concurrent education sessions, keynote presentations and an annual Leadership Awards program, the Summit offers a unique opportunity to discover what's new, what is working and what is on the horizon.


To register or learn more, click here

Member Profile

Lyft is excited to become a part of the California Business Alliance. The Golden State has shown that a clean economy is a strong one, and we are proud to join the ranks of many other companies proving this notion.
Lyft has been true to its original mission of removing empty seats from the road and reconnecting communities. Through the use of technology and by providing an appealing experience, we seek to unleash major efficiency gains in the world of personal transportation by mainstreaming carpooling. California, with its spirit of innovation and environmental values, was the perfect place for us to get our start. Now in over 65 cities nationwide and serving over 1 million rides per week, we look forward to increasing our impact.

You can find us at Lyft.com.
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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance

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