'Off the 99' podcast: Will green technology spur economic revival in Merced County?

For years, the San Joaquin Valley has lagged behind Southern and Northern California when it comes to employment and attracting new industries.

In a few years, the San Joaquin Valley may be home to more than 100,000 new jobs -- all in service of clean energy technology, according to a study released Thursday by Shawn Kantor, a UC Merced economics professor. Kantor's study focuses on the two "green" economic engines for the Central Valley: the California high-speed rail system and planned renewable energy projects.

This week, "Off the 99" spoke with Kantor and Mark Hendrickson, Merced County's director of commerce, aviation and economic development, about whether these jobs can finally provide economic growth for a region that's struggled for long.