The Summit

Thanks to participants, partners and sponsors for supporting and attending the 2017 California Economic Summit!

Coming this fall, the 2018 Summit will be held in Sonoma County.

The sixth annual statewide gathering of the state's largest public- and private-sector network advanced the progess made in workforce preparation, housing and community development, infrastructure and working landscapes.

The 2017 Summit sought to advance these ambitious themes during the event and in the coming year:

  • Create a unifying triple-bottom-line vision for increasing economic security and upward mobility 
  • Expand the strength and diversity of the Summit network to increase its influence on state and local policy decisions 
  • Mature the Summit as a formal civic partner with government to advance triple-bottom-line policies 

The Summit's yearlong process has made steady progress along the 2017 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity, which was created through the contribution of hundreds of Californians and contains detailed plans to:

  1. Improve the workforce pipeline so more Californians can develop the skills they need to earn livable wages 
  2. Increase the supply of housing near jobs and transit to reduce California’s sky-high cost of living, redirect wages into local economies, and ensure more people in the state have a safe place to live 
  3. Expand regional water management to ensure all Californians live in healthy watersheds with reliable water supplies 


Summit Wrap-up: Rebuilding Economic Mobility in 2017 and Beyond

This year represented a renewed focus on lifting up more Californians and continuing initiatives to build more housing, develop a skilled workforce, and create the infrastructure needed to support them.

Day Two: Spotlight turns to opening up access to higher education at 2017 Summit

Watch highlights from the 2016 Summit which drew more than 500 Californians to refine a roadmap to shared prosperity

Day One: 2017 Summit aims to elevate Californians into the middle class

Public and private leaders from all over the state say the Summit is addressing the right challenges


View the official Playbook & Program for the 2017 California Economic Summit

The 2017 Summit features the largest networks of public and private sector leaders committed to the triple bottom line, including

  • Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Senator Toni Atkins
  • Janet Napolitano, University of California President
  • Timothy White, California State University Chancellor
  • Eloy Oakley-Ortiz, California Community Colleges Chancellor
  • And More!

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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.

The Summit is the premier venue for Californians from different regions and perspectives to craft solutions to the driving questions of our times:

  • California is leading on carbon reductions and has set some of the world’s most ambitious climate goals. How can we also make sure we are restoring upward mobility and producing middle-wage jobs that allow workers to flourish in a low-carbon economy?
  • California is the epicenter of the tech revolution, but amidst the rise of the robots, many workers fear for their jobs. How do we prepare Californians to thrive in an automated workplace? 
  • California has one of the world’s largest, most dynamic and diverse economies. Faced with rising living costs and infrastructure challenges, how can California maintain a competitive advantage?

No one else is going to solve this problem for California. You can be part of the solution and register for the 2017 California Economic Summit today.

The Summit is a civic venture that requires contributions of time, talent and treasure. California Forward and the California Stewardship Network continue to convene hundreds of California experts and practitioners from all over the state. The California Economic Summit’s 2017 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity sets the course for the future.




The One Million Challenges

The California Economic Summit created the 2017 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. 

After sharpening this strategy at the 2016 Summit in Sacramento, 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: 2017 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 2016 California Economic Summit in Sacramento, 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 2017 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity which is focused on accelerating progress in three key areas--Workforce, Housing and Water.

In its first five 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:



Watch the video wrap-up of the important themes that came out of the 2016 California Economic Summit:
"California Economic Summit aims to restore upward mobility"



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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Read the Summit's policy guide for taking on the imperative of upward mobility in California.
Highlighting regional work to better connect employers and education 
Special series on California's housing crisis & local solutions
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