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Mike Dozier

Mike Dozier

Mike Dozier serves as the Lead Executive of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, and the Executive Director of the Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) at Fresno State.

The Partnership is an 8 county regional collaborative with a 45 member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor to address 10 areas of focus: Economic Development, Workforce Development/Higher Education, Housing, PreK-12 Education, Broadband, , Health and Wellness, Air Quality, Energy, Water Quality/Supply, and Sustainable Communities. The Partnership is administering the Regional Industry Cluster Initiative (RICI), an initiative to bring service providers and private industry together to address needs for a stronger economy.

In addition to the Partnership, OCED also administers the Rural Development Center, San Joaquin Valley Broadband Consortium, and the Fresno State Connect program that links the community to the University schools and faculty. OCED partners with the University Business Center to conduct the annual Introduction to Economic Development Certificate course with the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Prior to his current position, Mike was Assistant to the City Manager/Planning Director with the City of Livingston, California (1985 to 1987), Redevelopment Director with the City of Atwater, California (1987-1992), and Director of Community and Economic Development with the City of Clovis, California (1992 to 2009).

Mike is a director on the following Boards: Central Valley Business Incubator, California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED), and the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) - President 2014-15. Mike attended and graduated from Merced College (honors) and California State University, Stanislaus with honors (Summa Cum Laude).

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The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
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