The Goal.

California can't borrow its way out of this problem: It's too big. Instead, the state must develop an infrastructure strategy that will support California's long-term economic growth--one that includes new ways of financing public works projects.

The Problem.

It could be the state's biggest budget challenge: California must invest $750 billion in public facilities over the next 10 years to meet the needs of a growing population--from upgrading school buildings to expanding public transit. Problem is, the state doesn't have that kind of money.

FEATURED STORIES

April 27, 2015

EIFDs get two thumbs up at L.A. infrastructure gathering

Tool for funding badly needed local and regional infrastructure projects and maintenance gains interest across the state Read More »

Infrastructure
April 06, 2015

Consensus building around new infrastructure financing authority: “These tools can work”

Robust infrastructure funding tool being seen as smart alternative to defunct redevelopment authority Read More »

Infrastructure
April 08, 2015

CA Fwd report: Prosperity depends on new approach to investing in infrastructure and education

New report highlights revenue options for making investments in top priorities for state regionally and statewide Read More »

REPORTING

CA Fwd report: The coming revenue debate must look beyond politics
July 27, 2015

CA Fwd report: The coming revenue debate must look beyond politics

California has a rare opportunity to weigh in on a range of new tax proposals for infrastructure and other needs, but also to evaluate how well the proposals promote fairness and fiscal stability while encouraging economic growth. Read More »

12 new ways to close infrastructure funding gaps highlighted by CA Fwd and Economic Summit partners
June 25, 2015

12 new ways to close infrastructure funding gaps highlighted by CA Fwd and Economic Summit partners

Paying for badly needed maintenance for California's transportation system would benefit from using "fourth sector" models, which combine public, private and nonprofit resources for public good. Read More »

CA Fwd offers policy framework for special legislative session on road funding
June 18, 2015

CA Fwd offers policy framework for special legislative session on road funding

State will need more than $500 billion over the next decade to maintain its infrastructure, but there is only enough funding from all sources to support about half of these investments. Read More »

A new tool for urban economic development: EIFDs demystified
June 05, 2015 by The Planning Report

A new tool for urban economic development: EIFDs demystified

Explainer on financing tool that cities, counties, and special districts can use to meet a broad range of local infrastructure needs, which is wider than the narrow focus of California's defunct Redevelopment funding mechanism. Read More »

Lenny Mendonca and Doug Henton: California must invest now in education and infrastructure
May 15, 2015 by Lenny Mendonca and Doug Henton

Lenny Mendonca and Doug Henton: California must invest now in education and infrastructure

California has an opportunity to build for long-term prosperity with smart investments in schools, workforce development and infrastructure. Read More »

EIFDs get two thumbs up at L.A. infrastructure gathering
April 27, 2015

EIFDs get two thumbs up at L.A. infrastructure gathering

Tool for funding badly needed local and regional infrastructure projects and maintenance gains interest across the state Read More »

CA Fwd report: Prosperity depends on new approach to investing in infrastructure and education
April 08, 2015

CA Fwd report: Prosperity depends on new approach to investing in infrastructure and education

New report highlights revenue options for making investments in top priorities for state regionally and statewide Read More »

Consensus building around new infrastructure financing authority: “These tools can work”
April 06, 2015

Consensus building around new infrastructure financing authority: “These tools can work”

Robust infrastructure funding tool being seen as smart alternative to defunct redevelopment authority Read More »

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What's at stake?

Infrastructure is the physical network all around us made of roads, rails, water systems, ports, airports, schools, internet access and more. It's no stretch to call it the backbone of the economy.