The American Jobs Project focuses on leveraging opportunities in the growing advanced energy economy to create jobs and lasting economic growth across the country. Most of our work is done state by state and technology by technology. Occasionally, we are asked to engage on a smaller scale — like a county — or to look at issues from a broader perspective.
Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy and Commerce
To help smaller manufacturers in the advanced energy industry access world-class federal experts and facilities, the American Jobs Project facilitated the pilot program for a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) called Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy and Commerce, or MITEC.
Through MITEC, small- and mid-sized manufacturers in the advanced energy industry could tie into the DOE’s world-class network of national laboratories and the DOC’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers, or MEPs.
The pilot program targeted small- and medium-sized clean energy manufacturing companies in Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia. It linked them with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and MEPs in the four targeted states.
The staff at the American Jobs Project believes in training the next generation of policymakers to think about advanced energy economic development in an interdisciplinary way.
We have worked with over 100 students of law, policy, engineering, and other academic disciplines. We teach courses, deliver guest lectures, and supervise hands-on learning experiences for masters’ theses and internships.
One example: In 2016, we led public policy students doing a group graduate-level thesis on developing advanced manufacturing using state-level policy levers. The student team researched economic development policies around the world as they relate to advanced manufacturing and presented best practices in a written report.
Alameda County Community Choice Energy
When the city of Berkeley, California had to decide whether or not to opt into its county’s community choice energy program, it turned to its neighbors at the American Jobs Project for help in researching the pros and cons.
Community choice energy – also known as community choice aggregation — allows public agencies to purchase electricity on behalf of customers, as an alternative to relying on investor-owned utilities.
The American Jobs Project found that joining Alameda County’s Community Choice Aggregation Program would help lower greenhouse gas emissions while boosting the economy and creating new jobs. Other selling points included lower rates, community ownership, and local sourcing of renewable energy. A few months later, the Berkeley City Council voted to join East Bay Community Energy, the community-governed power supplier serving Alameda County.
The Future of American Jobs
The American Jobs Project is beginning to explore the future of jobs in America. Digital platforms, the gig economy, artificial intelligence and advanced automation will continue to cause shifts in the economy and fundamentally change the nature of work and jobs around the world. AJP is working with Berkeley’s Work and Intelligent Tools and Systems (WITS) initiative to explore these realities.
Christopher Eldred, Communications and Policy Advisor to AJP, has published a report on Natural Language Processing’s Effects on Professional Services Jobs