2018 Wildfires

If you are a business owner who has been impacted by the recent wildfires throughout California, please view the State Resources for Businesses Impacted by the 2018 November Wildfires for information and resources that may be available to you. If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact GO-Biz.


2017 Wildfires

In October 2017, wildfires in Northern California impacted the counties of: Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada, prompting mass evacuations. Thousands of acres burned and threatened infrastructure as strong winds fueled the fast-moving fires. In total, the October wildfires burned more than 245,000 acres and destroyed 8,900 structures.

The short and intermediate term needs of the communities for housing were met by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), attention turned to the long term task of permanent rebuilding.

Construction Training Resource Guide: The intent of this guide is to provide information on the available resources for rebuilding communities with a skilled construction workforce.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) convened a working group to identify the availability of a skilled construction workforce, including federal and state government partners, as well as industry leaders representing home builders and organized labor. The first task of this working group was to develop a resource guide that identifies existing training programs available for individuals interested in entering the construction industry. The intent was for this guide to be a resource targeting the following groups:

  • Local Governments – City and county staff and elected officials work with developers and homeowners on local permitting and may hear first-hand about labor shortages.
  • Workforce Developers – Many professionals are already engaged in workforce development. As they plan to expand existing programs or develop new ones, it may be useful to understand what others are offering in related fields. There may also be opportunities for collaboration.
  • Building Contractors – Most building contractors have existing relationships with subcontractors and know where to find skilled workers through conventional methods. However, given the potential shortage, it may be helpful for contractors to expand their reach to some lesser known sources of skilled labor.
  • Job Seekers – Those looking to enter the construction trades may find training opportunities.