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9/10 SAT 8:30 | Can Planners Create Jobs? - Planning & Econ. Dev. 4


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Charles Pattison

As of the Spring of 2011 unemployment in Florida is hovering around 12%. Many people are out of work but what can planners do to help spur the state’s economy? Even Governor Scott has
placed economic development as the foundation of his governorship with his 777 Plan. This panel will consider some of the ways that planners can help in economic development efforts. The panel will explore the varied ways planning is intersecting
economic development in Florida in the private sector, in the environmental community and on the state and local levels.

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9/10 SAT 8:30 | Can Planners Create Jobs? - Planning & Econ. Dev. 4

  1. 1. Green Jobs FloridaAmerican Planning AssociationFlorida ChapterSeptember 10, 2011<br />What can planners do?<br />Charles Pattison, FAICP<br />President, 1000 Friends of Florida<br />
  2. 2. Promote Clean Energy<br />*the clean/green economy (39 sectors)<br />*economic activity and jobs go together<br />*102,967 green jobs in Florida<br />*annual growth rate of 4.7% (4th highest nationally)<br />*median wage $38,085 v. $34,132<br />Source: The Brookings Institution: Sizing The Clean Economy (2010)<br />
  3. 3. Where the Florida Jobs Are 2003-2010<br />*conservation added 11,832 <br />*public mass transit added 3,997 jobs<br />*professional environmental services added 3,761 jobs<br />*28,298 clean jobs added<br />Source: Brookings Institution<br />
  4. 4. Fastest Growing Florida Segments 2003-2010<br />*solar photovaltaic 19.6% increase<br />*HVAC & building control systems 15.3% increase<br />*sustainable forestry products 13.8% increase<br />*Wind 13% increase<br />*conservation 12.7%<br />Source: Brookings Institution<br />
  5. 5. Jobs Context<br />“The clean economy offers more opportunities and better pay for low and middle skilled workers than the national economy as a whole.”<br />“Among regions, the South has the largest number of clean economy jobs though the West has the largest number relative to its population.”<br />Source: Brookings Institution<br />
  6. 6. MIT Technology ReviewAugust 30, 2011<br />“Looking around, what problem, what opportunity in any way resembles the earliest era of the PC? There’s only one: energy.”<br />
  7. 7. 7<br /><ul><li>Photovoltaic Manufacturing in Florida
  8. 8. Reduce Imports of Gasoline and Export of Money
  9. 9. Manufacturing and Installation JOBS for Florida
  10. 10. Retrofit Florida’s Homes
  11. 11. Electricity Savings Power Car for Free
  12. 12. Construction JOBS for Florida
  13. 13. Reduce use of Gasoline</li></ul> All Small Cars PV Electric by 2020<br /><ul><li>Cost Effectively Retrofit All Buildings
  14. 14. Utility and Distributed Solar PV Cheaper than Gasoline
  15. 15. Saves Florida ~$6 Billion in Gasoline per year</li></li></ul><li>Florida Challenges<br />*no renewable portfolio standards (NC)<br />*ranks 29th in states generating electricity from non-hydro sources<br />*only 2% comes from renewables<br />*repeal of HB697 provisions<br />
  16. 16. Everglades Restoration Example<br />*11.5 Billion restoration budget<br />*440,000 jobs of all types<br />*$1 invested returns $4<br />
  17. 17. Florida Green Jobs Survey 2010<br />*42,422 green jobs statewide<br />*annual growth rate of 8% <br />Source: Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation <br />
  18. 18. 4 largest group growth rates(2010 - 2011)<br />Produce renewable energy (16%)<br />Produce clean transportation fuels (14%)<br />Increase energy efficiency (11%)<br />Conserve natural resources (6%)<br />Source: Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation<br />
  19. 19. Recent Examples<br />National Solar Power Partners/Melbourne<br />*20 sites on 4,000 acres in rural Florida (Gadsden, Hardee, Osceola or Suwannee)<br />400 construction jobs; 120 jobs during operation<br />FPL now has<br />*3 solar plants<br />*5,000 direct/indirect jobs<br />
  20. 20. Photovoltaics are Half the Cost of Gasoline!Let’s Drive 12,000 miles<br />13<br />
  21. 21. Photovoltaics Instead of Gasoline Who Wins . . . Who Loses?<br />Winners:<br />Consumers and businesses realize dramatic savings in energy and transportation costs, saving $2.96 billion/year<br />Utilities achieve enhanced load management capabilities (and distributed electricity storage) <br />Florida and the Nation achieve greater energy security, reduced trade deficits and improved international relations<br />The Economy achieves hundreds of thousands of new jobs, increased economic activity and less budget stress<br />The Environment experiences less atmospheric pollution, improving health and reducing medical costs<br />Losers:<br />OPEC sells less crude oil<br />14<br />
  22. 22. Follow The Energy Webinars<br />*joint program of 1000 Friends of Florida and Future Is Now Foundation<br />Energy efficiency and renewable resources are emphasized here because of the tremendous benefits they offer for communitiesto:<br /> • Develop & undertake smart planning initiatives<br />• Tap energy efficiency & renewable energy sources <br />• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and impacts • Create more jobs & clean economic development The initiative and its services include:<br />11 live Webinars featuring state and national experts ,<br />On-demand replays of all live events<br />accessible 24/7 A Virtual Resource Center <br />green jobs/clean economic development on-line forum <br />two-day Virtual Conference & Expo (2012)<br />*Project web site:<br />