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Stay Informed about the Coronavirus Pandemic – Resources Online – City of Glendale, Burbank, LA County and the CDC

Stick with trusted and official sources for accurate and timely updates, including Glendale City website www.glendaleca.gov/government/coronavirus;  The CDC.gov, and PublicHealth.LACounty.gov. How businesses can access funds: click here to link to video:

Also, Burbank, CA City updates regarding the Corona Virus Pandemic and work and stay at home information and updates: Click here.

JobSeekers: Please see our COVID-19 Information for Workers webpage for up-to-date information and resources for job seekers. Click here.

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Your Employment Network – Verdugo Job Center Has Gone Virtual!

Due to recent circumstances surrounding COVID-19 the VJC is providing virtual services and meetings by appointments only. VJC is closed to walk-in clients. You can still meet with your EN counselor by making an appointment. Please call us at 818-937-8000 for more information or an appointment.

IBM will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology – for law enforcement

IBM’s CEO says we should reevaluate selling the technology to law enforcement

facial recognition image: Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

IBM will no longer offer general purpose facial recognition or analysis software, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said in a letter to Congress today. The company will also no longer develop or research the technology, IBM tells The Verge. Krishna addressed the letter to Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

“IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any [facial recognition] technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency,” Krishna said in the letter. “We believe now is the time to begin a national dialogue on whether and how facial recognition technology should be employed by domestic law enforcement agencies.” 

Facial recognition software has improved greatly over the last decade thanks to advances in artificial intelligence. At the same time, the technology — because it is often provided by private companies with little regulation or federal oversight — has been shown to suffer from bias along lines of age, race, and ethnicity, which can make the tools unreliable for law enforcement and security and ripe for potential civil rights abuses. full article at The Verge

Apple’s Famed Annual Developer Conference Moves Online for First Time – Jan. 22, 2020

Apple’s Annual Worldwide Developer Conference ( WWDC) like never before, with a jam-packed, all-online experience coming to you from Apple Park.

Special Event Keynote and Platforms State of the Union: Jan. 22, at 10am. The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off with exciting reveals, inspiration, and new opportunities to continue creating the most innovative apps in the world. Join the worldwide developer community for an in-depth look at the future of Apple platforms, directly from Apple Park.

  1. 100+ Engineering Sessions Developer Forums
  2. Developer Forums
  3. 1-on-1 Developer Labs (by appointment)
  4. Apple Design Awards

    Click here for more information and to download the conference app.

How Cobots Can be Leveraged in the Covid-19 Age

Join a 60-minute webinar, “How How Cobots Can be Leveraged in the Covid-19 Age” with live Q&A on Tuesday, June 30 at 11:00 AM EDT / 8:00 AM PDT.

In just a short three months, COVID-19 has driven global manufacturing into a temporary halt. Now, as manufacturers look to restart operations, leaders struggle to create the “new normal.”  Industry experts cite automation and technology as two key factors in helping companies succeed. Leading the automation pack are collaborative robots or “cobots” – robots that are safe, easy to program and cost-effective.

Those attending this webinar will learn:

  1. Basics of collaborative robots
  2. Ongoing labor issues after COVID-19
  3. Real-world examples of how cobots are helping deliver social distancing on the factory floor
  4. Reshoring – how cobots can help with incremental automation
  5. The role cobots can play in round-the-clock shiftwork to meet tighter delivery schedules

Click to register at this link.

Next One-Stop Partner Meeting June 16, 2020

 Verdugo Workforce Development Board One-Stop Partnership Quarterly Meeting will be  June 16, 2020 at 9:30am . A Conference Call . To participate in this meeting via conference call, please contact Diana Antonio at: dantonioATglendaleca.gov 

Attached is the agenda for the next One-Stop Partners Meeting this Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Click here to download

LAEDC Future Forum, June 16, 2020

Amidst the current pandemic, sub-sectors across the industry are exploring new strategies to meet consumer demands to continue the upward trend in economic growth. During these unprecedented times, the future can seem intimidating, and the sports industry brings promise and a glimmer of light, as we look ahead.

The economic impact of sports increased $2.1 billion between 2012 and 2019 in Los Angeles County. With 12 major league professional teams and several large sporting events like the Long Beach Grand Prix and the LA Marathon, the regional sports scene helped to expand economic development and increase job creation. Slated to host the Super Bowl, the US Open Golf Tournament, FIFA World Cup, Summer Olympics, and other national and international sporting competitions, Los Angeles County seems to offer a reinvigoration into the industry.

Amidst the current pandemic, sub-sectors across the industry are exploring new strategies to meet consumer demands to continue the upward trend in economic growth. During these unprecedented times, the future can seem intimidating, and the sports industry brings promise and a glimmer of light, as we look ahead.

Join the conversation on June 16, 2020, as the LAEDC focuses on timely research to provide updated regional insights that will inform the sporting ecosystem’s decision-makers about the state of the industry and where the opportunities are; as well, how recovering from the current pandemic will affect future growth. Register here . . . .

COVID-19 Giving Touchless Interfaces a Chance to Make an Impression

Touchscreens are everywhere at this point (this one from EMI Designs). But the COVID-19 pandemic could be the big break that touchless interface technologies have been waiting for.

touchscreen EMI Design

By now most of us have used some sort of touchless control. It was most likely voice control whether its Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant. Savvy engineers who use VR/AR in their workflows might even have tried using eye tracking  to control virtual interfaces and environments. Yet all we have to do is look in our pockets to realize that touch is still the king of interfaces.

But several months living in a world where touch can be hazardous to your health might change that. For many people COVID-19 pandemic has transformed ATMs, self-checkouts, payment terminals, fast food kiosks, and other shared, touch-based interfaces from a wonderful convenience into a reason to have an anxiety attack. full article here . . .

Diversifying the Tech Workforce

The tech field is one of the largest sources of wealth generation in the United States—and is 68% White and 65% male. Not only can diversifying the field address wealth gaps, but inclusive tech companies can reduce the likelihood of technology harming underrepresented groups. Here are three organizations that are supporting underrepresented communities in tech.

Diversifying the Tech Workforce, Black Girls Code, Tech Disability Project . . . . full story here

Letter from VWDB Director, Judith Velasco – May 2020

Another month has passed since the start of the pandemic, which has brought us into unprecedented and unexpected times. Adaptation, flexibility, and resilience are the traits that we have been forced to hone to make it through, and I want to extend my heartfelt wish that each and every one of you continues to move forward in health and strength.

Though some re-openings begin this month, giving us hope that the pandemic will soon be behind us, we are mindful that even when stay-at-home orders are lifted, our region’s workers and businesses will continue to experience the aftermath of this pandemic for some time to come. We have received three emergency grants which will enable us to support our community, inclusive of services we have not traditionally provided, yet are crucial to individuals’ ability to uphold their lives. I am looking forward to detailing these new grants with you at our upcoming board meeting, and gaining your valued insight and feedback. I am also cognizant that you may have been receiving questions from workers and businesses in need of our services. To address this, we have created a flyer containing guidance for VWDB board members on how to talk about the VJC’s services during COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Operations continue virtually as staff refer clients to unemployment mitigation resources, recruit candidates for the slew of recent openings in grocery stores and other essential businesses, and outreach to companies experiencing layoffs and furloughs. Now more than ever, we will need your expertise to ensure that our efforts are able to help those who need it most. I would like to thank you for your continued engagement, and I look forward to working together to help our community.

Best,

Judith Velasco, Executive Director 

Verdugo Workforce Development Board

LAEDC June 1st COVID-19 Economic Implications Briefing – 11am PT

The LAEDC’s COVID-19 Economic Implications Briefing series continues next Monday, June 1st at 11:00 AM PDT. Bill Allen, LAEDC CEO, and the LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics (IAE) will discuss their findings on the economic implications for Los Angeles County related to this pandemic. Join us for this quick update to gather insight on your local economy. Space is limited, and registration is required.

We invite you to submit questions to shane.cullen@laedc.org to have them answered on the webinar by the IAE team.

By registering to take part in this webinar you agree to receive regular updates from our organization about future events, data, research, programs and initiatives. When you receive such updates, you will be able to opt-out, if you wish to unsubscribe from future communications on behalf of the LAEDC.

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