The Summit

Thanks to all the attendees and sponsors of the 2015 California Economic Summit!

More than 400 people came to the Inland Empire to participate in the 2015 Summit. Read about the fourth statewide gathering focused on regional, sustainable growth and the major challenges addressed via emerging action plans.

California Economic Summit sets bold goals

Fourth statewide gathering focused on regional, sustainable growth took on three major challenges: Water, Workforce and Housing.

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View the agenda for the 2015 California Economic Summit.

Dozens of state and regional policy leaders attended the Summit, including:

  • Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Treasurer John Chiang
  • Secretary of State Alex Padilla
  • Controller Betty Yee
  • University of California President Janet Napolitano
  • California State University Chancellor Timothy White


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 past year in our latest update: "How is progress on the Summit Roadmap to Shared Prosperity?"

As just one example, in 2014, 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 500 participants – to be held this year at the DoubleTree Hotel in Ontario on November 12 and 13. 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 Right Next Steps for Sustainable Growth sets the course for the future.

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California Economic Summit - Capitol Day 2014

The Summit hosted regional activities throughout the state in 2014, leading up to the California Economic Summit - Capitol Day in Sacramento on August 12 to further engage legislators and state policymakers in the shared agenda for prosperity.

Read our Capitol Day recap "Three ways to ensure California’s prosperity emerge from Summit’s Capitol Day."

Watch our 2014 Capitol Day wrap-up video, "The Summit Goes to the Capitol":

Check out the 2014 Capitol Day program to see the agenda and list of speakers. 

The event included Action Team meetings with invited state leaders and a plenary session with regional and state panelists, as well as a networking reception.


The right next steps toward sustainable growth

The Roadmap to Shared Prosperity is a broad set of proposals aimed at helping every region in California concentrate its efforts to accelerate middle-class job growth—and address issues from growing income inequality to the environmental and economic challenges of climate change.

The Roadmap identifies the “right next steps” Summit leaders believe are needed to move toward these goals in the next year—from aligning workforce training programs with industry needs to integrating the state’s myriad climate adaptation efforts. It also includes a detailed set of proposals for how the Summit’s seven action teams plan to get this done—and who we must partner with to get there.

Read the Roadmap: A Roadmap to Shared Prosperity

Read about the Roadmap on our blog:
"Summit unveils 5-year roadmap to shared prosperity"


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. This Roadmap to Shared Prosperity focused on three key areas—Workforce & Workplace, Infrastructure & Sustainable Communities, and Governance & Finance. Each of the Summit’s seven action teams have been working toward these shared goals.

The 2014 California Economic Summit - Capitol Day held in Sacramento in August was the third annual gathering of leaders focused on working together to put California's economy on a sustainable path for growth.

Capping the work of seven Action Teams and 16 regional forums in 2013, 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


Read a great wrap-up of the important themes that came out of the second annual California Economic Summit in 2013:
"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 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:



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.


Get involved with the Summit 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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