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Ed Coghlan

Contributing Editor

Ed Coghlan is a contributing editor and special correspondant for California Forward and the California Economic Summit, dealing with all matters related to California's sputtering economy and how we as a state can get it back on track. He is a veteran of teleivision news at all levels and serves as a media consultant in his spare time.

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California Economic Summit’s “regions up” approach attracting top support
Ambitious but possible solutions to housing and other problems resonate with large partner in effort Read More


LinkedIn pilot program connects trade and logistics students to jobs
Job-hunting students will get boost from digital badging and online career services Read More


California colleges adapt to training workforce for autonomous, flying future
Producing more workers for drone-filled, robotic 21st-century economy the goal of new curriculum development program Read More


2017 California Economic Summit heading to San Diego
Sixth annual event tackling housing, workforce, water problems hindering upward mobility Read More


Workforce needed for California’s expanding life sciences sector
Wide range of good-paying jobs benefit from industry generating more than $300 billion in output Read More


Help Wanted: Next generation of auto techs needed in Inland Empire
Community colleges in region to use new workforce funds to upgrade auto labs for electric and hybrid vehicles Read More


Program pays for technical skill interns earning experience, salary in Inland Empire
Employers bear no cost to take on interns in technician jobs and provide valuable on-the-job training Read More


Strong Workforce funding addresses immediate need in SoCal trade and logistics
Vital trade sector drives region's demand for bigger workforce. These colleges are stepping up. Read More


Addressing the San Diego-Imperial workforce job readiness dilemma
Colleges team up to address skills gap in important sectors, like the region's vital health care industry Read More


California’s major economic sectors to benefit from new Strong Workforce funding
Community Colleges reveal $200 million in spending and accountability plans via regional workforce programs  Read More


Entrepreneurial high schoolers give their best business pitch in competition
Event instills students with skills to start up small businesses Read More


Central Valley Manufacturing Summit expecting record turnout
Event seeks to grow the region's environment for advanced manufacturing and mid-income jobs that come with it Read More


Community Colleges give breakdown where new workforce funds being spent
Data portal details how $200 million in career tech education funding are being distributed across California Read More


VIDEO: Decline of upward mobility in California must be reversed
Whether or not California's next generations do better than their parents has a lot to do with these local factors Read More


Assembly hearings focused on raising more Californians into middle class
JEDE Committee takes up questions about poverty and misalignment of policies that should combat it Read More


VIDEO: California Economic Summit earns high marks for its priorities and broad coalition
Public and private leaders from all over the state say the Summit is addressing the right challenges Read More


Video wrap-up: California Economic Summit aims to restore upward mobility
Watch highlights from the 2016 Summit which drew more than 500 Californians to refine a roadmap to shared prosperity Read More


New chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley shares vision for California Community Colleges
Education leader talks about how the colleges can move more students into 21st century jobs Read More


Tell Stories! 2016 Summit wraps with call to action for 2017
An inspiring request to show the rest of the country what's possible closed out the fifth annual Summit in Sacramento Read More


Fifth annual California Economic Summit to focus on pathways out of poverty
How to participate in state's foremost effort linking regional economies to a strategy for shared prosperity Read More


VIDEO: How California housing becomes a health care issue
The housing affordability gap puts drag on the economy in many ways, including impacting the health of families Read More


SoCal planning leader calls housing issue one for California
Four steps to start closing the state's gap in affordable housing from leader of SCAG Read More


VIDEO: Voices in California housing talk about getting past “No” at local level
Housing crisis prompted SoCal housing summit to highlight both the consequences of not building and local strategies for boosting supply Read More


Central Valley alliance looks to boost region’s manufacturing ecosystem
Companies and local partners team up to build up San Joaquin Valley's manufacturing workforce. Read More


Despite disability, California student graduates into ranks of in-demand electricians
Hard-of-hearing father of two graduated with electrician certificate after making big career leap. Read More


California Legislature passes budget with boost for workforce training
State budget includes $200 million for promising program to upgrade how CTE programs train state's 21st century workforce Read More


California Economic Summit leaders urge passage of career tech funding
Letter calls for Legislature to approve $200 million to upgrade California's technical education programs Read More


UPS executive writes prescription for California’s workforce gap
California needs to produce more middle-skill workers says Noel Massie who worked his way up from part-time truck loader to operations manager for U.S. Read More


Jobs in logistics workforce remain big opportunity in 21st century California economy
Employers, students and colleges gathered in Long Beach to talk workforce openings tied to the ports and logistics in Southern California. Read More


More California employers urging Legislative action on workforce funding
Call for $250 million for workforce training programs finds support from companies affected by rapid change in technology. Read More


Leaders across California call for confronting workforce skills gap
Business groups say skills mismatch leaves young workers left out and employers short of skilled employees.  Read More


Senator Feinstein Joins California Economic Summit
Organized by CA Fwd and the California Stewardship Network, Summit will gather for the fifth annual statewide meeting in Sacramento in December. Read More


Southern California community colleges to give needed boost to global trade workforce
Seven SoCal colleges team up to align courses with needs of massive trade-related and logistics job market. Read More


Advocates tell state lawmakers California must invest in workforce training
Careers in technical education fields can garner graduates double the salary of average community college student. Read More


California tool to fund badly needed infrastructure growing in popularity
The EIFD is currently being considered for 60 projects across the state, including Sacramento bridges and L.A. River revitalization. Read More


VIDEO: California’s housing shortage on Assembly Speaker Rendon’s radar
Housing costs taking up more of Californians' income, but Assembly leader confident of housing deal in Legislature. Read More


VIDEO: El Niño’s not enough—Storage is a vital part of California water game plan
New California Assembly Speaker talks about how storage benefits many efforts to capture and conserve more water. Read More


VIDEO: Speaker Rendon says California should move faster to close workforce skills gap
New Assembly Speaker comments on state of job training and workforce programs Read More


California’s energy law driving need for bigger HVAC workforce
Skills gap creating an inadequate worker pipeline to fill demand for jobs like air conditioning and lighting control techs. Read More


Community Colleges addressing need for net-zero energy workforce in California
California industries will require more workers skilled in tech that reduces energy and resource use.  Read More


PCL meeting to tackle land use, water and CEQA
Water and the changing political dynamics of CEQA will be priority topics at the Planning and Conservation League's annual symposium. Read More


California water supply increasing—but only a little
El Niño is having an impact but a more concerted effort to conserve and manage water better will have a bigger long-term impact.  Read More


California Housing Shortage Getting More Attention
California's housing shortage is getting more attention as supply falls far below the demand. Read More


California Economic Summit on Community College Chancellor Search
The California Economic Summit Workforce and Advancing Manufacturing teams urge President Geoffrey Baum and Vice President Cecilia Estolano to select a Chancellor committed to accelerating the alignment between employers and educational and training institutions to improve meeting workforce needs while benefiting students and their families. Read More


VIDEO: How California can make it easier to do business
Assemblymember talks about how streamlining regulations could help boost economic outcomes for all Californians Read More


State Controller Betty Yee to California’s regions: ‘Talk to us”
Paying for California's future and fixing its problems will need more collaboration instead of fighting over pieces of the budget year after year. Read More


VIDEO: Local control of Ontario Airport could mean more Inland Empire jobs
As final agreement handing control of the airport to a local authority is wrapped up, we asked a local Assemblymember what the transfer means for jobs. Read More


VIDEO: Game-changing workforce plan takes big step toward closing skills gap
We wrap up the biggest story in the efforts to close California's skills gap and why it's imperative to keep it up in 2016. Read More


VIDEO: CSU Chancellor on how California’s higher education is an economic priority
At 2015 Summit, Chancellor White says improving the workforce and higher ed in California will require partnership of colleges, business and K-12. Read More


VIDEO: Hundreds take part as 2015 Summit targets California’s big challenges
Hear what people said about the 2015 California Economic Summit and how it's working toward the goal of shared prosperity for all Californians. Read More


Attendees give California Economic Summit big thumbs up
96 percent of respondents agreed that the Summit is focused on the right set of priorities for supporting sustainable prosperity. Read More


California Community Colleges adopt major workforce action plan
Board of Governors approves list of 25 recommendations to reform the Colleges workforce training programs Read More


California Economic Summit sets bold goals
Fourth statewide gathering focused on regional, sustainable growth took on three major challenges: Water, Workforce and Housing.  Read More


California Legislature comes to the Inland Empire
Key Assembly committee on the economy will holding a hearing in Ontario in collaboration with the Summit on the first day of the annual meeting.  Read More


VIDEO: California affordable housing complex saves residents green while going green
Case study for success amid California's housing shortage can be found in Woodland, California Read More


Legislative wrap-up: California housing solution is under construction
Overview of legislative results and wins for Summit toward spurring investment in housing and infrastructure Read More


California small business summit series kicks off in Clovis
Free events will feature resources and presentations to help entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses. Read More


California must improve its pipeline of skilled workers and degrees
Skills gap will ensure state will fall short in filling need for college grads and middle-skilled workers. Read More


Growing the Central Valley Economy
Event highlighted ways to help the Central Valley thrive including putting a “face” on the Valley and building coalitions to transition to the future economy. Read More


Agenda for 2015 California Economic Summit firming up
Annual gathering will happen in Ontario, the first time the Summit will take place in the Inland Empire, where the effects of the Great Recession were felt most severely and the issues of workforce, housing and water are vital.  Read More


Town hall showcases new steps to close skills gap in California
Employers concerned about filling open jobs with skilled workers and community college faculty came to hear about task force's new recommendations to boost workforce development in California. Read More


California opens one-stop website for info on launching a business
Entrepreneurs get help starting and growing their business and navigating California's regulatory environment  Read More


Impact Economy Summit set for Monday in San Francisco
National gathering will focus on using "for-benefit" sector to tackle major issues like building badly needed infrastructure and workforce development. Read More


Agriculture and early college mixing well in California’s Central Valley
Innovative workforce program links high school students to college to make them career-ready and college-ready in California's major agricultural region Read More


Jobs tour reveals stories inside California’s millennial workforce problem
Nonprofit talked about job prospects with young Californians, expected to represent 50 percent of the workforce by 2025 Read More


Report: California millennials fall behind in job market
Higher unemployment and lower wages affecting opportunity for young Californians to become part of 21st century workforce.  Read More


California labor leader lends voice to task force working to close skills gap
Boosting CTE funding and creating more work-based learning at community colleges are two recommendations from John Brauer Read More


EIFDs get two thumbs up at L.A. infrastructure gathering
Tool for funding badly needed local and regional infrastructure projects and maintenance gains interest across the state Read More


Agricultural company invests in education to tackle Central Valley workforce problem
Program gets high school students college degree and exposure to working in the regional agricultural industry as soon as they graduate. Read More


Q&A: California millennials looking for ways around barriers to workforce
How increasing STEM and CTE career pathways creates more economic opportunity for California millennials  Read More


VIDEO: Workforce Task Force gets back to work after town hall series
Employers made their voices heard during regional town halls; now Community Colleges' Workforce Task Force will work together on making recommendations for building up the state's workforce Read More


San Diego town hall: Region’s high-tech sectors need strong workforce
Tech and manufacturing industries need to replace retiring San Diego workers say attendees of regional town hall Read More


Town Hall in Los Angeles invokes business voices for stronger workforce
Community Colleges and industry talking about how to fill 1-million worker deficit Read More


Q&A: California business group makes innovation in higher ed its business
SF Chamber president on why industry and higher ed must bridge gap between them Read More


Fresno workforce town hall kickoff a big success
Central Valley gathering votes for more connections between employers and education Read More


L.A. eyes being first to use new infrastructure funding tool to restore river
High-profile project could use Summit-supported financing method Read More


VIDEO: Members of task force to close California’s skills gap named
Group will tackle key workforce issues in state Read More


Online game lets Californians quarterback state water policy
Do you accept Next10's California Water Challenge? Read More


California film and TV tax credits heading to Hollywood ending?
Industry veterans talk about keeping production jobs in state Read More


Summit Capitol Day takes stage Tuesday in Sacramento
Day of action highlights water, housing, infrastructure and workforce issues Read More


Report: California keeps manufacturing title despite shrinking sector
Technology and workforce skills will have a large impact on growing manufacturing Read More


Report: California to face 2 million skilled worker gap in decade
Closing the skills gap key to filling middle-class jobs Read More


California adds jobs but wage growth stagnates
Investments needed in state workforce Read More


After Toyota loss, how Californians are fighting to create jobs here
What's next for state? Tesla and Summit provide hope for jobs here Read More


How next Secretary of State will make California more business friendly
Candidates for state elections office talk streamlining business filings Read More


California jobs numbers stay flat but Inland Empire improving
Construction bouncing back but workforce issues remain Read More


Latina entrepreneur creates ambicultural Latino food event
Increasingly today's entrepreneur in California is not a man, she's a Latina  Read More


Latinas flex entrepreneurial muscle in California economy
Program builds leaders in $13 billion sector of Latina-owned businesses Read More


San Francisco working to be Hollywood North?
How local economy feels loss & gain of film productions Read More


Jobs growing in California regions left behind by recovery
Inland Empire posts biggest regional job growth Read More


Runaway film and TV jobs not just a Los Angeles problem
State economy lost 10,000 middle-class jobs from TV shows leaving Read More


Where California is adding jobs and where it can add more
Infrastructure investment getting more attention Read More


California jobs picture brightens on manufacturing news
State gains most jobs for November Read More


Jobless rate dips amid concern about divided California economy
Report says state's regional economic gap widening Read More


Backlogged employment data shows California still adding most jobs
But farm and healthcare workforces face big shortages Read More


This year’s California Economic Summit kicks off today
Los Angeles is epicenter of economic events this week Read More


So, how long is your commute?
Standing at the intersection of housing, jobs and transportation Read More


Workforce development key ingredient for California economic recovery
A stronger workforce is one of the main initiatives of the California Economic Summit  Read More


Governor Brown vetoes economic strategy bill
Points to current initiatives to help state's economy Read More


Housing in California – Do we have enough?
Inventory tight and shutdown threatens recovery Read More


Moving out of L.A.‘s shadow, San Gabriel Valley allies look to solve local issues
Diverse civic group tackles high-school graduation rates Read More


California unemployment up, Bay Bridge to open, and the Hyperloop
A snapshot of this week in the CA economy  Read More


US jobs numbers sluggish, California economy out-pacing national growth
Unemployment down to 7.4% nationwide Read More


California’s economic rebound showing up on people’s radar more
State's good news keeps coming but dangers could sap growth Read More


California stands up to earn White House manufacturing funds
Meeting spotlights difficulties & strengths of making things in state Read More


Keep an eye on California manufacturing
State's medical device sector should benefit from new legislation Read More


California competes for federal money for manufacturing
Meeting key to state's manufacturing sector this week  Read More


California unemployment hits five-year low
State joblessness dropped most in US over the past year Read More


Governor’s office proposes changes to California job creation strategy
Brown asking Enterprise Zone incentive program to be replaced Read More


Time to do something about California’s infrastructure
Bridge collapse puts spotlight on aging infrastructure everywhere Read More


Mixed signals sent by California economy
New numbers show progress & uncertainty Read More


Governor Brown’s manufacturing job support earns praise
Sector hit hard could benefit from new incentive Read More


Road to the Summit: Lessons for California found in Orange County
Where low unemployment & high salaries are the norm Read More


Road to the Summit: Quality of life adds to quality economy in Ventura County
Priorities set at Ventura County forum Read More


Californians love green energy but willing to explore oil options
Survey on state energy economy shows some practical leanings Read More


Leon Panetta joins California Economic Summit
Former Sec of Defense signs on as regional meetings continue Read More


Road to the Summit: Message in San Luis Obispo is let’s work together
The SLO Regional Economic put the region's economic priorities in perspective Read More


California “Marches” to more job growth
State keeps adding construction jobs to drop to 9.4% unemployment Read More


China-California ‘trade’ deal is signed
Chinese investment would be a major player in CA's future economy Read More


California water—starting to boil as political issue?
Governor Brown has called water a chronic issue in the history of the state and he's right. And he is talking about it again, which has triggered multiple conversations on the subject across the state. Read More


California says to China “Here we come”
Gov. Brown appeals to Chinese for investment Read More


Is California’s economy on the rebound?
Over 41,000 jobs were added Read More


Sequester is bad word for California’s economy
225,000 current and future jobs are at risk Read More


Op-ed: Governor Brown, meet Rick Perry at the airport
Jerry Brown should take on Rick Perry in debate as CA recovers with more work to be done Read More


Video: California innovation found—in the public sector
Los Angeles County goes into voting machine design business Read More


Video: State senator says do no harm to CEQA
Sen. Noreen Evans argues education & transportation higher priorities Read More


Video: Ensuring California rural poor not forgotten in CEQA
Community group supports CEQA's public participation; but wants more accountability Read More


Video: CEQA as public health tool
Using California environmental law to protect the poor Read More


Save or tear down? CEQA works for question of historic buildings
Land use attorney says saving structures often better for environment Read More


California unemployment stays flat; tourism & construction job gains
New state jobs numbers, state employees double dip, Sacramento permits streamlined Read More


Video: Labor leader speaks out on CEQA reform
Union rep says reform conversation should be bigger, not just about CEQA Read More


Video: Conservation movement open to CEQA reform discussion but…
Conservation group leader stresses dialogue in environmental debate Read More


CEQA modernization debate begins to intensify
Needs work or works just fine? Talk about CA environmental law ramps up over weekend Read More


California economy turning around? It’s all about the jobs!
This Week in CA Economy: Poll - 67% say jobs top priority Read More


Conversation about CEQA in the 21st century
New series on California's landmark environmental law to spark dialogue Read More


Message to Lawmakers: We need California Jobs at top of your list
SoCal mayor says jobs & economy should be Legislature's top priority Read More


Is 2013 the Year of Water in California?
Brown resolved to put spending money in water infrastructure in front of voters Read More


California jobs picture mixed; CEQA modernization next year?
Another look at California's jobs news & looking ahead to next year Read More


Is California population growth a sign of improving economy?
Uptick in people and movement around state points to recovery Read More


High youth unemployment a problem around world & California
Report: Employers, educators, youth live in parallel universes; youth unprepared Read More


Why promoting Tinsel Town is tough sell in Sacramento
Hard to convince legislators economic impact good for whole state, even as production flees Read More


California schools refining focus to fill in-demand jobs
Linkage between career technical training & what industry needs is vital to economy Read More