The Goal.

If sustainably developed, these resources can provide more economic opportunities and more affordable housing, adaptation and resiliency to the changing climate and global markets, and a higher quality of life and greater well-being for all Californians.

The Problem.

Despite critical natural resources and commodities flowing from the farms, ranches, forests and streams of these beautiful and productive areas, rural CA’s assets and contributions are not always fully appreciated because of geographic distances and small populations.

FEATURED STORIES

June 12, 2019 by Deb Kollars

Rim Fire tour provides striking view of California’s wildfire challenges

Coming face to face with fire devastation and current conditions of the state's forest were a stark reminder of the need for collaboration Read More »

Elevate Rural CA
November 14, 2018 by Garth Stapley

Keeping the CA Dream alive and thriving in the Central Valley

How can the Valley lure more business and turn around some of the problems of rural California? Read More »

REPORTING

Rim Fire tour provides striking view of California’s wildfire challenges
June 12, 2019 by Deb Kollars

Rim Fire tour provides striking view of California’s wildfire challenges

Coming face to face with fire devastation and current conditions of the state's forest were a stark reminder of the need for collaboration Read More »

Empower Local Communities to Close the Digital Divide
May 08, 2019 by Greg Norton

Empower Local Communities to Close the Digital Divide

Priority should be placed on equitable broadband access, not the next big thing for the fortunate few Read More »

A closer look at where the Governor’s budget connects to the Summit Roadmap to Shared Prosperity
January 21, 2019 by CA Fwd Staff

A closer look at where the Governor’s budget connects to the Summit Roadmap to Shared Prosperity

Major elements of the Roadmap align with the proposed budget plan released by the Governor this month Read More »

Keeping the CA Dream alive and thriving in the Central Valley
November 14, 2018 by Garth Stapley

Keeping the CA Dream alive and thriving in the Central Valley

How can the Valley lure more business and turn around some of the problems of rural California? Read More »

Humboldt County: An Economy in Transition
November 13, 2018 by Daniel Mintz

Humboldt County: An Economy in Transition

As the region's timber and cannabis industries evolve, a diversifying economy is growing jobs in other sectors Read More »

As Fires Burn: It’s Time to Take Climate Change Seriously in Rural California
November 13, 2018 by R.V. Scheide

As Fires Burn: It’s Time to Take Climate Change Seriously in Rural California

More than half of the state’s forestland may need treatment—an opportunity to grow jobs Read More »

Resilient rural communities built on upgraded infrastructure, faster broadband for all
November 12, 2018 by Kevin Cann

Resilient rural communities built on upgraded infrastructure, faster broadband for all

Any prescription to elevate California's rural areas should include improvements to digital and traditional infrastructure Read More »

The Golden State’s economy shines brighter when rural California is thriving
November 06, 2018 by Rex Bohn

The Golden State’s economy shines brighter when rural California is thriving

Rural County Representatives of California leader shares the top three strategies for lifting up rural communities Read More »

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