Infrastructure Action Team 2013 Charter
In 2013, California Forward and the California Stewardship Network hosted Regional Forums attended by more than 1,700 business and civic leaders around the state. The forums resulted in top priorities to support middle class job growth and regional economies focused on advancing the triple bottom line of economy, environment and social equity. The 2013 Action Team Charters set down parameters, expectations and a work plan to move these priorities to statewide policy.
Infrastructure was identified as a priority by all the regions of California and any state infrastructure plan needs to responsive to regional needs. With the state’s $765-billion infrastructure deficit, new tools and greater accountability must be part of infrastructure planning. Substantial planning is underway on elements of a state infrastructure plan. Even if the best possible plans are developed for each area of infrastructure need -- i.e. transportation and water -- California will need a coordinated, if not integrated, approach for assigning responsibilities and financing projects that are responsive to regional needs.