Essential Elements 5

Powering Sustainable Economic Development for the San Joaquin Valley

Featuring statewide and regional leaders in candid and robust exchanges – and guidance from students, who have the most at stake – this unique two-day convening (not a conference) is scheduled for Nov. 2-3 in Coalinga, which is ground zero for ag tech and SJV career education.


The San Joaquin Valley must comprehend, grab and advance accelerated change. Agribusiness – the leading SJV industry and historical adapters confronts ground shifting drastically. The weather, emerging technologies, regulatory realities, and more aware consumers. Logistics jobs are evolving, technology is digging a foothold, and energy may well energize employment. What are the region’s opportunities and challenges?


The objective is to gather agribusiness, technology, logistics executives, educators and nonprofits, elected and regulators to assess the SJV’s shifting ground and determine what can be done together now to recalibrate and grow the regional economy.

Day 1 - Applied Agriculture Technology

Applied agriculture technology is a rapidly growing source of innovation, food production and jobs. How can we quickly and continually leverage rapidly evolving agriculture technology for more graduate employment? Essential Elements 5ive aligns workforce development by connecting regional employers, educational providers, and public and private service providers engaged in various statewide initiatives already committed to doing this work. The two-day convening – with your participation – will bring significant job creation power to the west side.

The day culminates with our first hosted reception at the Farm of the Future. Complimentary transportation will be provided to the Farm from the conference site. The reception will feature leading-edge Farm of the Future student innovators and future directions of cutting-edge instructional programs, certifications, and applied ag technologies.

Day 2 - Slingshot

San Joaquin Valley leaders organize and act on the Slingshot program, an unprecedented joint venture of 13 community colleges, state workforce development programs, schools and universities, labor, and the private sector.

Led by West Hills, a member of the Central Mother Lode Regional Consortium, Slingshot will accelerate workforce collaboratives to immediately use the new state and federal funding, state and national credentialing innovations, and Doing What Matters recommendations for next generation jobs.

Event Details and Registration


Pre-series social gathering:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ 5:00pm,
Harris Ranch Restaurant (RSVP required)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
8:00am - 8:30am   Registration
8:30am - 4:30pm   Program (including hosted luncheon)
5:00pm - 7:00pm   Hosted reception at Farm of the Future

Thursday, November 3, 2016
8:00am - 8:30am   Registration
8:30am - 4:30pm   Program (including hosted luncheon)


West Hills Community College District has secured accommodations at Harris Ranch on Tuesday, November 1st and Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016.

To book lodging at the discounted series rate, please call (559) 935-0717 or (800) 942-BEEF and provide our reference code: 2T19EL

Discounted series rate available until October 11th, 2016

Essential Elements

West Hills Community College District (WHCCD), in partnership with numerous agencies, continues its Essential Elements for the Future of the San Joaquin Valley, a premier public affairs series that gathers California’s public policy and private sector leaders to confront the crises and challenges in the Valley.

The intent of the series is to organize hands-on partnerships and create action steps for the future of the San Joaquin Valley while coping with climate change. Essential Elements will be held at Harris Ranch Inn and Conference Center. Each session will include guest speakers and panel discussions.

$5,000 Premier Sponsorship


  • Full color logo inclusion in policy series program
  • Complimentary physical space for exhibit display
  • Inclusion of company literature in attendee packet
  • Recognition at the welcome and dinner sessions

For further details please contact:

Dr. Stuart Van Horn

Premier Sponsors

the Wonderful company
Harris Woolf Farms
Recurrent Energy
The Gualco Group
Westside Institute
California Community Colleges - Doing What Matters for jobs and the economy
Central Mother Lode Region Consortium
WHCCD Foundation

Interested in future Events?