Governor Gray Davis announced a new program today to provide education and job training for the biotech
industry, which he says will help California´s economy rebound.
At a news conference in Culver City, Davis said he will work with universities, schools and the federal government to push for better science classes and training.
But he says that with California facing a $35 billion budget shortfall, he will not use any new state funds for the program. Instead, the governor says the money will come from federal grants.
Says Davis: “Fully one-third of biotech companies and their employees are in this state and we want to keep it this way.”
Davis says he wants to make it easier to commercialize biotech research and ensure there are enough trained technicians. He says these are well paying jobs that should be available to Californians. Davis didn´t specify how much federal grant money would be spent on the job training program.