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

Lack of affordable housing in Inland Empire placing bigger economic burden on low-income families
September 22, 2015

Lack of affordable housing in Inland Empire placing bigger economic burden on low-income families

Most low-income families in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are spending more than 50 percent of income on rent. Read More »

Two ways for cities to reduce the cost of housing and make homes more affordable
September 08, 2015 by Mark Pisano

Two ways for cities to reduce the cost of housing and make homes more affordable

Paired together, streamlining regulations and using infrastructure districts to bring down costs would have a big impact on California housing, all without raising taxes. Read More »

Early signs of a deal emerge in special session on road maintenance
August 21, 2015

Early signs of a deal emerge in special session on road maintenance

As the California Legislatures tries to wrangle a $60-billion backlog in state road and highway maintenance, bills are coming together to form a possible deal to help raise infrastructure funding while making sure they're spent in an accountable way. Read More »

What’s missing from California’s transportation special session
August 11, 2015

What’s missing from California’s transportation special session

Fixing the state’s roads will take more than money--it will also take better governance. Summit team weighs in with ideas. Read More »

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 »

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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.