REGIONS RISE TOGETHER

California continues to be viewed as a global pioneer in technological advancement, environmental policy, and social inclusion.

For these reasons, and many more, people from around the world travel to the state in search of the California Dream. Though the state’s appeal is undeniable, there are many ways in which it falls short of achieving its ideals, such as having the highest rate of real poverty in the nation with wide disparities between ethnic and geographic communities. In response, the state must leverage its tremendous resources to advance triple-bottom-line solutions to grow the economy, protect the environment and deliver opportunity for all.

Each year California Forward, in partnership with the California Stewardship Network, hosts the California Economic Summit to support statewide dialogue and create space to develop collaborative actionable solutions.

BUILDING BLOCKS OF THE CALIFORNIA DREAM

The Summit network’s commitment to creating inclusive sustainable growth is demonstrated through its support of multi-benefit solutions that help Californians in all of the state’s regions gain access to the Building Blocks of the California Dream. These diverse policy areas are all interrelated and inextricably linked to the well-being of people in our state. Encompassing all of California Forward’s work, these policy areas include:

Health and Well-being

Housing, Mobility and Connectivity

Lifelong Learning

Ecosystem Vitality and Working Landscapes

Prosperous Economies, Thriving Workers

Effective Governance and Robust Democracy

Inclusive Communities

THE CALIFORNIA
DREAM INDEX

The California Dream Index is a socioeconomic mobility measurement tool designed to tell us more about the level of access that Californians have to education, health, community, and jobs. With a planned launch in 2020, the Index will measure progress toward greater upward mobility, economic security and shared prosperity for all Californians.

VOICES OF SHARED PROSPERITY
From the 2019 California Economic Summit

VOICES OF SHARED PROSPERITY FROM THE 2019 CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC SUMMIT

Housing, Mobility & Connectivity

Housing has become the primary obstacle to livability in almost every region. High costs are pushing millions of people below the poverty line and many into homelessness.

Compounding existing housing challenges, longer commutes negatively impact air quality and worker’s health, while more and more employers struggle to attract and retain skilled workers.

California Forward, together with partners in the Summit, has risen to this challenge with ambitious policy initiatives and strategic alliances with triple-bottom-line economic development organizations.

The Summit has promoted enhanced service delivery options that have challenged the status quo and the prevailing perception of what is fair, just and achievable for all Californians in the housing space. This work will continue in 2020 with an expanded focus on equity, especially as it relates to homeownership, and meeting the state’s climate goals as well as its housing needs.

“The triple bottom line for housing—equity, environment, economics—requires attainable homeownership for California’s working families.”

–Jennifer Hernandez, California Forward Leadership Council

PRIORITY ACTIONS FOR 2020

caeconomy.org/wheretobuild
Where To Build
caeconomy.org/housinginvestment
Housing Investment
caeconomy.org/homelessness
Homelessness
caeconomy.org/broadbandaccess
Broadband Access

“To help close the digital divide that exists in communities across California, the Governor announced at the 2019 California Economic Summit in Fresno that he will convene stakeholders, the private sector, education institutions, and government agencies with a goal of developing an inclusive “Broadband for All” plan for the state.”

Press Release from the Office of Governor Newsom, November 8, 2019

Lifelong Learning

California’s learning ecosystem must prepare workers to earn a livable wage. This is a huge and complex undertaking that will require a coordinated multi-pronged approach.

While educational institutions have the largest role to play, an effective lifelong learning ecosystem requires alignment of strategies and tactics among multiple institutions. To be successful, this approach requires the involvement of stakeholders, political leaders, faith leaders, civic leaders and others. An explicit focus on equity requires identification and dismantling of all obstacles to opportunity.

With the support of the Summit, California’s education and training systems have begun to think creatively about the necessary infrastructure to support people who need to learn new skills quickly to be competitive in the job market. Summit accomplishments include implementation of the Strong Workforce Program, elevating best practices through the Partnerships for Industry and Education Contest, and successfully advocating for the creation of an online community college.

PRIORITY ACTIONS FOR 2020

caeconomy.org/cradletocareer
Cradle To Career
caeconomy.org/financingcollege
Cradle To Career
caeconomy.org/strongworkforce
Strong Workforce

“As the state is being inexorably pulled into the information age, California’s future economic success depends upon better informed and more durable collaboration between regional workforce systems, education and training institutions, and business and industry.”

–Alma Salazar, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Ecosystem Vitality and Working Landscapes

Water and land are the most foundational and critical resources on the planet. Consecutive years of drought, flooding, and destructive wildfires demonstrate the varied impacts of climate change and the urgent need for deliberate, impactful action.

The Summit has been specifically designed to invite stakeholders, policymakers and community leaders together to create sustainable multi-benefit solutions to address the critical issues impacting our most precious resources.

Recent Summit accomplishments include the facilitation of a pilot project in the Russian River watershed to promote integrated regional watershed management and the successful partnership with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division (UCANR) to develop a set of state policy proposals that encourage investments in ecosystem services.

PRIORITY ACTIONS FOR 2020

caeconomy.org/ecosystemservices
Ecosystem Services
caeconomy.org/groundwater
Groundwater
caeconomy.org/SJVwater
SJV Water
READ REPORT

Prosperous Economies, Thriving Workers

Because of the size and diversity of its regions, California state government has struggled to develop a coherent strategy to align its economic, social and environmental policy goals.

This issue is compounded by the lack of structural mechanisms that will help communities leverage public and private investment to produce sustainable and inclusive prosperity.

The Summit has intentionally modeled a process in which government, business, and civic leaders identify regional priorities, share innovations, and align state investments and other policies to target the root causes of economic insecurity and unsustainable resource management.

The result of this cross-sector, triple-bottom-line effort will be the establishment of a functioning system of “California Capitalism” that will be a model for the rest of the nation and the world.

PRIORITY ACTIONS FOR 2020

caeconomy.org/prosperitystrategy
Prosperity Strategy
caeconomy.org/advmanufacturing
Advanced Manufacturing
caeconomy.org/capitalmarkets
Capital Markets
caeconomy.org/forestresilience
Forest Resilience

California Economic Summit Partners

SUMMIT LEADERS AND PARTNERS

LEADERSHIP

HONORARY CHAIRS

GAVIN NEWSOM
Governor of California

GEORGE SHULTZ
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

LEON PANETTA
The Panetta Institute for Public Policy

DIANNE FEINSTEIN
U.S. Senator

SUMMIT STEERING COMMITTEE

BILL ALLEN
Los Angeles County EDC

MATT BOGOSHIAN
American Manufacturing Communities Collaborative

OSCAR CHAVEZ
Sonoma County Human Services Department

KRISTIN CONNELLY
East Bay Leadership Council

LISA DOWNEY
Morgan Family Foundation

HEIDI HILL DRUM
Tahoe Prosperity Center

LUCY DUNN
Orange County Business Council

JACQUELINE MARTINEZ GARCEL
(CO-CHAIR)
CA Latino Community Foundation

PAUL GRANILLO
Inland Empire Economic Partnership

CARL GUARDINO
Silicon Valley Leadership Group

JENNIFER HERNANDEZ
Holland & Knight

GLENDA HUMISTON
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

JIM MAYER
CA Fwd (Emeritus)

KATE MEIS
Local Government Commission

KATHLEEN MOXON
Redwood Coast Rural Action

CYNTHIA MURRAY
North Bay Leadership Council

DEBORAH NANKIVELL
Fresno Business Council

JUAN NOVELLO
CA Latino Economic Institute

PETE PETERSON
Pepperdine University

MARK PISANO
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

SEAN RANDOLPH
Bay Area Council Economic Institute

KATE ROBERTS (CO-CHAIR)
Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

ALMA SALAZAR
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

BRUCE STENSLIE
Economic Development Collaborative – Ventura County

DUF SUNDHEIM
GPS Mediation

ASHLEY SWEARENGIN
Central Valley Community Foundation

VAN TON-QUINLIVAN
Futuro Health

PETE WEBER
California Bridge Academies

GREG WENDT
Stakeholders Capital

SUMMIT ADVISORS

LENNY MENDONCA
Former Director, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

ASHLEY BOREN
Sustainable Conservation

JAMES GORE
California State Association
of Counties

LAURA TYSON
UC Berkeley

STEVE WESTLY
The Westly Group

SUNNE WRIGHT MCPEAK
California Emerging Technology Fund

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Alliance for American Manufacturing
Amtrak San Joaquins
Bank of America
Berry
Petroleum Co.
BizFed Institute
Blue Shield of CA
Blue Shield of
CA Foundation
CA Community Colleges
CA Emerging Technology Fund
CA Housing and Community Dev
CA Latino Economic Insitute
CA Life Sciences Association
CA Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley
CA Public Utilities Commission
CA Resources Corp.
CalOZ
Catalyst Group
Cato Institute
Central Valley Higher Education Consortium
Chevron
City of Clovis
City of Fresno
College Futures Foundation
Community Medical Centers
CSAA Insurance Group
CTE Foundation of Sonoma Co.
Disney
EAH Housing
Esri
ETP
First 5 CA
First 5 LA
Fresno Chamber of Commerce
Fresno County
Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission
Fresno Metro Black Chamber Foundation
Fresno State
Jobs for
the Future
JPMorgan Chase
Kaiser Permanente
Metropolitan Water District
Nature Conservancy
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Rural County Representatives of CA
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution
Control District
State Center Community College District – Career Education
United
UC Ag & Natural Resources
UC Merced
UC Office of
the President
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
Wells Fargo
The Wonderful Company
XSector Labs

And To Our Work Group Leads

HOUSING, MOBILITY AND CONNECTIVITY

Carl Guardino
Matt Horton
Ken Kirkey
Kate Meis
Mark Pisano
Preston Prince
Sharon Rapport
Stephanie Tom
Cynthia Walker
Sunne Wright McPeak

LIFELONG LEARNING

Marty Alvarado
Ana Gutierrez
Jennifer Pippard
Rebecca Ruan-O’Shaughnessy
Kish Rajan
Alma Salazar
Pete Weber

ECOSYSTEM VITALITY AND WORKING LANDSCAPES

Judy Corbett
Tommy Esqueda
Glenda Humiston
Stephanie Larson
Adam Livingston
Daniel O’Connell
Sarah Woolf

PROSPEROUS ECONOMIES, THRIVING WORKERS

Matt Bogoshian
James Gore
Lance Hastings
Glenda Humiston
Greg Norton
Bruce Stenslie

California Forward and the California Stewardship Network would like to extend a special thank you to the following sponsors for core support.