2016 California Economic Summit
The 2016 California Economic Summit will take place in Sacramento on December 13-14, marking the fifth annual gathering of private, public and civic leaders from across California's diverse regions.
Participating in the Summit's year-round process with the goal of expanding opportunity for all, the network of business, equity, environmental, and civic organizations will come together in the capital for the 2016 Summit.
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2016 Summit News
Organized by CA Fwd and the California Stewardship Network, Summit will gather for the fifth annual statewide meeting in Sacramento in December.
2015 California Economic Summit
More than 400 people came to the Inland Empire to participate in the 2015 Summit. Read our coverage of the fourth statewide gathering focused on regional, sustainable growth and the major challenges addressed via emerging action plans.
View the agenda for the 2015 California Economic Summit.
Dozens of state and regional policy leaders attended the Summit, including:
The Summit Playbook offers more detail on three challenges that were addressed at the 2015 Summit, along with a set of action plans that will be the top priority of the Summit network in the year ahead:
One million more skilled workers: The Summit has set a goal of improving the workforce pipeline—and closing this looming “skills gap”—by aligning the state’s expansive training and education programs with the needs of employers.
One million more homes: The Summit will lead a comprehensive effort aimed at reducing the costs and increasing the supply of housing.
One million more acre-feet of water each year: The Summit will support a renewed push for watershed management solutions that conserve, capture, and re-use enough water to achieve a sustainable water balance.
More About The Summit
The California Economic Summit catalyzes public and private sector commitments to the triple bottom line: simultaneous growth in the economy, improvement in environmental quality, and increased opportunity for all.
Check out the progress the Summit has made in the last year: "How is progress on the Summit Roadmap to Shared Prosperity?"
An example of the collaborative approach of the Summit, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges worked with Summit leaders on the 2015 Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy. Over the next year, the Summit plans to support the formation of regional civic organizations in one or two regions to accelerate the Task Force’s recommendations—and increase alignment of workforce development programs and employers.
Additionally, a group of thoughtful, committed citizens played a critical role in helping the Legislature and Governor enact an “enhanced” version of infrastructure financing districts.
Officials in Southern California hope to use this tool to restore the Los Angeles River and officials in Northern California think it may be the foundation for more transit-oriented development in the heart of Silicon Valley.
This is the authority that smart leaders with ambitious ideas have been waiting for. Today’s complex challenges require integrated solutions – with multiple agencies tapping multiple funding sources to do together what they cannot do alone. The new authority – developed with significant contributions from the California Economic Summit’s Infrastructure action team – is emblematic of how the Summit is networking ambitious and expert Californians to solve the most pressing issues of our day.
The Summit is a spectacular and galvanizing event for hundreds of participants – most recently held in Ontario. But the Summit also is a vibrant coalition of public, private and civic sector problem-solvers working every day and all year long to align public policies to support regional prosperity.
The Summit is a civic venture that requires contributions of time, talent and treasure. California Forward and the California Stewardship Network continue to convene sixteen regional partners and seven action teams of more than 700 experts and practitioners from all over the state. The California Economic Summit’s Roadmap to Shared Prosperity: The One Million Challenges sets the course for the future.
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ROADMAP TO SHARED PROSPERITY
The California Economic Summit created the 2016 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity to highlight a set of ambitious goals—the One Million Challenges—that will be vital to expanding sustainable economic growth in every part of California. The Summit also welcomed U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein as honorary chair of this multi-year effort to advance the priorities of the state’s regional economies.
After sharpening this strategy at the 2015 Summit in Ontario, the Summit’s expanding network of business, equity, environmental, and civic organizations have pledged to work together—and ahold themselves accountable—to producing, over the next decade:
One million more skilled workers
One million more homes
One million more acre-feet of water each year
Read the full Roadmap: 2016 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity
Read about the 2016 Roadmap on our blog:
"California Economic Summit launches One Million Challenges in 2016 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity"
HOW THE SUMMIT WORKS
The California Economic Summit gathers together leaders from across the state in an unprecedented way to create shared economic agenda, one developed by private, public, and civic champions from the state's diverse regions with the goal of expanding prosperity for all.
In advance of the 2015 California Economic Summit in Ontario, Summit leaders looked ahead to identify priority areas of action for advancing prosperity over the next five years.
The resulting collaboration at the Summit helped launch the 2016 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity which is focused on accelerating progress in three key areas--Workforce, Housing and Water.
In its first four years, the Summit network of business, equity, environmental, and civic organizations has rallied around a strategic vision for sustainable economic growth—and built a track record of advancing these shared goals of the state’s economic regions. For California to prosper, the Summit believes progress must be accelerated in three key areas. These are the One Million Challenges. In the next decade, private, civic, and public-sector leaders have pledged to work together—and hold themselves accountable—to produce:
- ONE MILLION MORE SKILLED WORKERS
- ONE MILLION MORE HOMES
- ONE MILLION MORE ACRE-FEET OF WATER
ADVANCING THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE
Read a great wrap-up of the important themes that came out of the 2015 California Economic Summit:
"California Economic Summit sets bold goals"
Continuing the collaboration of California Forward and the California Stewardship Network, the California Economic Summit enables Action Teams working on seven priorities designed to advance the state's triple bottom line: a prosperous economy, a sustainable environment and community equity.
Read about the Summit's Action Teams:
- Infrastructure Action Team
- Workforce Action Team
- Regulations Action Team
- Advancing Manufacturing Action Team
- Working Landscapes Action Team
- Capital Action Team
- Housing Action Team
We've built an Progress Tracker page to show the status of the priorities identified at regional forums across the state and developed at the annual statewide gathering.