Glendale Tech Week: October 9 – 13

Alex Theater Tech Week
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Glendale Tech Week will be packed with great speakers and events in addition to all the other talks, panels, live demos, and networking opportunities!

Speaker Highlight: Wednesday morning’s talks on October 11 will kick off the theme “A Startup Journey” with powertalks from impressive entrepreneurs. Look forward to hearing from Ara Mahdessian, CEO and Co-Founder of ServiceTitan. ServiceTitan is a Glendale-based provider of business software for home service businesses. They have successfully secured Series A & B funding and were named a Rising Star in Forbes Cloud 100 Top Companies.

Panel Highlight: Wednesday afternoon hear about How the Sharing Economy is Shaping Fin-Tech with a panel of participants including Katherine McLain of Stripe, Barney Santos of Gentefy, and Amy Wan of Bootstrap Legal with moderator Armen Vartanian.

Event Highlights:

Our 2nd Annual Tech Job Fair: October 12th, 2017 from 9:00 to 12:00 pm at the Central Library. Call 818-937-8050 for more information.

And Wednesday evening join an Oktoberfest celebration! There will be food, live demonstrations, craft brewer talks, interactive art displays, and pop-ins from top influencers, plus great craft beer. The event will be hosted in the Maryland Paseo.

Buy your tickets, check out the full program, and the expanding list of speakers all on the www.glendaletechweek.com website.
Follow @glendale_tech on Twitter, and @glendaletechweek on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn to get updates!

GRIT is out and about in our Glendale Business Community

pictured left to right: Glendale Economic Development staff Jacqueline Bartlow and Ani Pogossian, City Councilman Vrej Agajanian, Karagozian & Case’s Vice President Zachery I. Smith, City Councilman Ara Najarian and Verdugo Workforce Development Board’s VJC staff member Jack Krikorian.

The Glendale Relationship Initiation Team (GRIT) visited science and engineering consulting firm Karagozian & Case to thank them for maintaining their business in Glendale, and to offer them services the City of Glendale may be able to provide.

GRIT has been meeting with businesses and is trying to address their individual needs. Some businesses have expressed concern about parking fees while others have asked for assistance with hiring the right talent. The team has been tasked to assist the businesses by providing resources for their needs. It has also provided employee recruitment events for local companies and helped companies with navigating the world of city codes and ordinances. VWDB and VJC staff discuss free financial incentives they have available for companies that need to retrain employees in order to retain them, on-the-job training subsidies for new employees, as well as individualized recruitment assistance and customized recruitment events they can produce for a local business.

Karagozian & Case established their business in 1945. It is an internationally recognized science and engineering consulting firm that supports a broad range of clients across different sections of defense, transportation, manufacturing, aerospace, energy, and construction industries – for technically challenging and complex problems.

K&C’s scientific and engineering services mainly fall into the following functional areas of expertise:

– Providing vulnerability assessments for a variety of man-made and natural hazards.

– Generating innovative and cost-effective structural and mechanical designs to mitigate hazards.

– Development and application of state-of-the-art analysis methodologies and software.

– Conducting testing, research and development (R&D) to advance knowledge, develop products, and validate solutions.

If you are a local Glendale business, GRIT and the City of Glendale thank you for locating and maintaining your business in Glendale. If your business would like to be contacted by the team, contact Melissa Younesian at MYounesianATGlendaleca.gov

Glendale College to Host Vocational ESL at the VJC Aug. 28, 2017

GCC birthday image Glendale Community College (GCC) will be hosting Vocational ESL (English as a Second Language) level 3 at the VJC starting Monday August 28, 2017and running for one semester to mid-December.

The classes will be from 8:30am – 12:00pm Monday – Thursday in Room A.

Interested clients will need to take a placement test at GCC. They can contact Naomi Sato at (818) 240-1000 ext. 5033 for the placement test or any other information before 8/28 start date. After 8/28/17 candidates can enroll and test for the classes at the VJC with Naomi. This is an open entry – open exit program and they can be registered by the teacher on the spot.

Some Engineering Jobs To See Double-Digit Growth Next 7 Years

Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 5 percent through 2024, while some other engineering focuses will see higher employment growth and some will see lower or no growth, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This associates degree job averages a salary of $55,610. The median annual wage for engineering jobs is currently $77,900. The engineering median wages are higher than the median annual wage for all occupations, which is currently $37,040.

Employment of electro-mechanical technicians is projected to show little or no change through 2024. Electro-mechanical technicians are generalists in technology, and their broad skill set will help sustain demand for their services.

Recent projections from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate engineering jobs will grow 3% over the coming seven years. While some disciplines such as aerospace engineering will experience a small decline, jobs for most engineering disciplines are on the rise.

Employment for engineers will expand by roughly 67,200 new jobs. The growth rate is slower than the average for all occupations, in part, because several engineering technician categories are projected to decline as improvements in technology, such as design software, make workers more productive.

Source: by Rob Spiegel, August 10, 2017 https://www.designnews.com/automation-motion-control/some-engineering-jobs-will-see-double-digit-growth-over-next-7-years?cid=nl.x.dn14.edt.aud.dn.20170815.tst004t

Tax Credits for Businesses That Create Jobs

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is now accepting another round of applications for its California Competes Tax Credit Program, which makes available $75 million in tax credits to businesses that want to expand and create jobs in the state.

California Competes is available to businesses of any size, but twenty-five percent of the credits are reserved for small businesses with gross receipts less than $2 million. In addition to the tax credits for job creation, the new program offers sales tax relief on the purchase of qualified research and development equipment and manufacturing equipment.

The California Competes program was created through AB 93 and its companion bill SB 90, both adopted in 2013. Since the inception of the program, GO-Biz has awarded two companies from the 49th Assembly District over $1.5 million in total tax credits for their commitment to invest $61.5 million in California while creating 370 new jobs. While the next round of funds available is $75 million in tax credits, GO-Biz is authorized to award a total over $230 million for fiscal year 2017-18.

The California Competes application period is now open and will accept applications until Monday, August 21, 2017.