California economic summit sets bold goals for year ahead

“When California Forward and the California Stewardship Network conceived the California Economic Summit several years ago, it was hoped it could start a real conversation about job creation in California. Mission accomplished,” according to CaFwd.org.

“The fourth annual meeting of the Summit concluded last week in Ontario, attracting 400 private, public and civic leaders from diverse regions across California.

“’Hundreds of public, private and civic leaders have worked tirelessly in the last year to find ways to improve our ability to create the right kind of jobs in California,’ said James Mayer, president and CEO of California Forward. ‘At the Summit, we sharpened our strategies of how to create more jobs and more opportunity in more sustainable communities.’”

“Summit participants developed actionable plans on how California can address its infrastructure, housing, and workforce needs over the next 10 years, in order to meet the ‘Million Challenges’ of one million more skilled workers, one million more homes and one million more acre-feet of water each year.

“The 2015 Summit developed a number of goals to train more workers, build more homes and save more water. Among them are:

“To support state policies that will orient community colleges to prepare Californians for quality jobs and support regional coordination among colleges and employers.

“To work with the California legislature in 2016 to promote increased production and find ways to reduce costs for both market-rate and affordable housing

“To use Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts, which have long been advanced by the Summit, to fund regional water management that will conserve, capture, and reuse water.

“’The California Economic Summit has achieved a proven track record of effecting real change and influencing policy,’ said Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Superintendent-President of Long Beach City College and co-chair of the California Economic Summit Steering Committee. ‘The achievements thus far are a clear indication of the power in implementing a regional approach to solving some of the state’s toughest economic challenges.’”

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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