California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state’s fiscal year budget in 2022 with an unprecedented $2.3 billion set aside for port infrastructure renovations and enhancements. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, a client of California Advocacy, has prioritized building a new Goods Movement Training Campus in the San Pedro Bay port complex. The budget includes $110 million for this project.
State legislators invested in new technology and training at our ports to keep commodities flowing reliably, efficiently, and safely in response to the enormous supply chain issues of the previous two years. The groundbreaking facility, which was a part of the budget approved by Governor Newsom, provides ILWU members with the practical training they need to keep up with changing technology and be completely ready for the longshore jobs of the future.
The Goods Movement Training Campus, which will concentrate on worker skill development, upskilling, and reskilling to satisfy the rapidly changing needs of the logistics industry, is being developed in collaboration between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It will also act as a resource for the sector to train staff on cutting-edge green and emission-free technologies.
The Governor’s $2.3 billion investment in ports in addition to the training center investment consists of the following:
- Port Infrastructure and Goods Movement: $1.2 billion for port-related projects, including as railyard expansions, new bridges, and zero-emission modernization initiatives, that expand the capacity for goods movement on rail and roadways servicing ports and at port terminals.
- Zero-Emission Equipment and Infrastructure: $760 million will be spent on infrastructure, short-haul (drayage) trucks, and zero-emission equipment and vehicles that are driven by people.
- California Containerized Ports Interoperability Grant Program: $30 million will be utilized to improve port operations and procedures by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Grants will be given a priority in order to improve supply chain efficiencies, lessen traffic, improve data communication between ports, and open up chances to enhance cargo volumes.