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The California Economic Summit has connected regional and state leaders to develop a shared agenda to generate jobs and improve regional competitiveness. In 2014, that work will culminate in a day of action in Sacramento, where Summit Action Teams will advance economic priorities for all of California's regions.

To focus this work in 2014, the Summit has identified nine proposals the state could adopt this year to advance prosperity across California. Read about them in the Summit Plan to Advance Prosperity in 2014.

2013 California Economic Summit

The 2013 California Economic Summit, held in Los Angeles on November 7-8 was the second annual gathering of leaders focused on working together to put California's economy on a sustainable path for growth.

Capping the work of sixteen regional forums and seven Action Teams, Summit participants concluded the twin pillars of immediate job creation and long-term competitiveness for California are:

  • Investing in people, infrastructure and innovation in creative ways to prepare our state and our regions to compete in the 21st century global economy
  • Streamlining our complex regulatory processes to reduce cost of doing business while maintaining our environmental standards.

Advancing the Triple Bottom Line

Read a great wrap-up of the important themes that came out of the second annual California Economic Summit:
"Three big ideas to emerge from the California Economic Summit"

Continuing the collaboration of California Forward and the California Stewardship Network, the California Economic Summit will utilize Action Teams working on seven Signature Initiatives designed to advance the state’s triple bottom line: a prosperous economy, a sustainable environment and community equity.

Read the charters for the 2013 Action Teams:


Summit Prosperity Strategy

Follow us on social media to be alerted about our forthcoming Summit Prosperty Strategy, which will set out the top priorities and the action plans for next year.

The California Economic Summit released its first Action Plan to reach its goals in 2012. The Plan included 7 priority areas--called Signature Initiatives. Read the Plan.


Summit Progress

We've built a Progress Tracker portal to show the status of our Signature Initiatives created to tackle problem areas identified at the Summit.


Summit Leadership and Partners

Honorary Summit Chairs

George Shultz, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Leon Panetta, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy

Summit Co-Chairs


Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California
Laura Tyson, University of California, Berkeley
Michael Rossi, Senior Advisor for Jobs and Business Development in the Office of the Governor
Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of Fresno

Jessie Knight, San Diego Gas & Electric
Ashley Boren, Sustainable Conservation
Jim Earp, California Alliance for Jobs
Antonia Hernandez, California Community Foundation
Dave Regan, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West

Summit Steering Committee Co-Chairs



Paul Granillo, Inland Empire Economic Partnership


Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Long Beach City College

Summit Steering Committee

Bill Allen, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.


Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Council


Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council


Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Glenda Humiston, USDA Rural Development
Joanne Kozberg, California Strategies


Lenny Mendonca, McKinsey & Company


Bill Mueller, Valley Vision (Sacramento Region)

Sean Randolph, Bay Area Council Economic Institute


Lauree Sahba, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.
Ben Stone, Sonoma County Economic Development Board

Summit Advisory Committee

Orson Aguilar, Greenlining Institute
Luis Barrera, National Council of La Raza

Armon Isaiah Batiste, Resources for Native Development
Chris Benner, UC Davis Center for Regional Change

Bill Bogaard, League of California Cities

Lou Anne Bynum, Long Beach City College
Steve Chadima, Advanced Energy Economy
Cindy Chavez, Working Partnerships San Jose
Oscar Chavez, Sonoma Innovation Council

John Coleman, Association of California Water Agencies

Judy Corbett, Local Government Commission

Mike Dozier, Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley
Steve Finnegan, Southern California Automobile Club

Tim Frank, Center for Sustainable Neighborhoods
Tom Friel, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Barbara Halsey, California Workforce Association (former)
Adele Hayutin, Stanford University
Jennifer Hernandez, Holland & Knight

Bill Higgins, California Association of Council of Governments

Chris Hoene, California Budget Project 

John Husing, Economics & Politics Inc., Inland Empire

Patricia Jones, League of California Community Foundations
A.G. Kawamura, Solutions from the Land Dialogue

Peter King, University of California

Kevin Klowden, Milken Institute
Stewart Knox, Northern Rural Training Employment Consortium
Bob Lanter, California Workforce Association
Rob Lapsley, California Business Roundtable
Mary Ann Leffel, Monterey Regional Partnership

Stephen Levy, Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy
Lani Lutar, Equinox Center
Mike McKeever, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
John Mendez, Mendez Strategy Group
Kathy Moxon, Redwood Coast Rural Action

Kyle Packham, California Special Districts Association
Rick Pena, Latino Business Association
Noel Perry, Next 10

Ed Rendon, Teamsters Joint Council 42 and San Gabriel Civic Alliance
Gurbax Sahota, CalED

Steve Samuelian, California Consulting

Libby Sholes, California Council of Churches
Michele Siqueiros, Campaign for College Opportunity
Bruce Stenslie, Ventura County Economic Development Collaborative
Connie Stewart, California Center for Rural Policy
Jack Stewart, California Manufacturers and Technology Association

Van Ton-Quinlivan, California Community College, Chancellor’s Office

Helen Torres, HOPE: Hispanas Organized for Political Equality
Claudia Viek, California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity
Kim Walesh, City of San Jose

Craig Watson, California Arts Council
Jay Ziegler, Nature Conservancy

Summit Management Team

Doug Henton, Collaborative Economics
Julie Meier Wright, California Stewardship Network
James (Jim) Mayer, California Forward
Susan Lovenburg, Partnership for Economic Prosperity, California Forward

See the 2012 Summit Leadership team and learn more about our presenting sponsors, regional partners and underwriters


Summit Commitment

Participants of the first California Economic Summit took time to sign "A Commitment to California's Economic Prosperity," a statement of principles and purpose for the first Summit and beyond. Add your name to the Commitment.


Summit Playbook and Regional Results

The 2013 Summit Playbook, distributed at the Summit, shares a helpful overview of the Summit process and identifies specific actions that business, government, environmental, labor and community groups can take to secure California as the Golden State.

The 2013 Regional Economic Forums engaged over 1,700 regional leaders representing business, education, government, labor, environment and as well as elected officials to identify top priorities in workforce, infrastructure, regulations, innovation, capital, and other areas critical to the regions’ prosperity.

Read the 2013 Regional Forum Results report to see what each region picked as their most imporant priorities for action.


Summit Social

Stay up-to-date on Summit facts, agenda updates and economic news on our social media channels or sign up for email updates.


Summit Attendee Reactions

Attendees of the first California Economic Summit completed a post-Summit survey. View the results.


Get involved today to be a part of this process.  Our work continues, and we want to be sure your voice is heard!

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