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Folsom constructionCalifornians know that the time to fix our state’s economy is now. People from every region are standing up and demanding change. We must create real and intelligent remedies that will attract capital, generate jobs and encourage sustainable communities all over California.

On May 11, 2012, the California Stewardship Network, an alliance promoting economic vitality and California Forward, a bipartisan good government reform effort to improve performance and democracy, hosted the first California Economic Summit: Thriving Regions Lead to a Thriving State.

The Summit connected regional and state leaders to develop a shared agenda to generate jobs and improve regional competitiveness. Leading up to the exciting Summit event, regional forums were held around the state to identify economic opportunities and set priorities for state and regional action. The Summit brought together state, regional and community champions to collaborate and adopt initatives for fueling job creation and creating a stronger economy.

2016 California Economic Summit

The 2016 California Economic Summit will take place in Sacramento on December 13-14, marking the fifth annual gathering of private, public and civic leaders from across California's diverse regions.

Participating in the Summit's year-round process with the goal of expanding opportunity for all, the network of business, equity, environmental, and civic organizations will come together in the capital for the 2016 Summit.

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California’s economy, like the state itself, is diverse and dynamic. The regions in this state have different economic "drivers." Recognizing all those different elements is critical to developing sensible regional economic development strategies that benefit the overall California economy. 

Working at a regional scale in a coordinated approach allows us to leverage our unique assets, sync up various efforts and shared goals, and maximize public and private talent to pursue and achieve a revitalized California.

It’s up to all of us to restart California’s economic engine.

Where do we start? It's all right here:

Summit Leadership and Partners

Honorary Summit Chairs

George Shultz, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Leon Panetta, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy
Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator

Summit Co-Chairs

Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California
Laura Tyson, University of California, Berkeley
Michael Rossi, Senior Advisor for Jobs and Business Development in the Office of the Governor
Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of Fresno
Ashley Boren, Sustainable Conservation
Jim Earp, California Alliance for Jobs
Dave Regan, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West
Antonia Hernandez, California Community Foundation
Sunne Wright McPeak, California Emerging Technology Fund
L. Dennis Michael, League of California Cities
Maria S. Salinas, ProAmerica Bank
Anthony Earley, Jr., Pacific Gas & Electric
Timothy P. White, California State University
Janet Napolitano, University of California
Eloy Ortiz Oakley, California Community Colleges

Summit Steering Committee Co-Chairs

Bill Mueller, Valley Vision (Sacramento Region)
Laurie Madigan, Madigan Consulting, Inc.

Summit Steering Committee

Bill Allen, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Council

Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council

Paul Granillo, Inland Empire Economic Partnership
Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Glenda Humiston, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
Joanne Kozberg, California Strategies

Lenny Mendonca, McKinsey & Company

Sean Randolph, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Heidi Hill Drum, Tahoe Prosperity Center
Deborah Nankivell, Fresno Business Council
Kate Meis, Local Government Commission
Ben Stone, Sonoma County Economic Development Board

Summit Action Team Leads

Advancing Manufacturing

Chris Harrington, Toshiba America Information Systems (retired) and Orange County Business Council
Matt Bogoshian, REV


Greg Wendt, Stakeholders Capital
Seth Wilson, Cutting Edge Capital
Jim Gollub, Gollub and Associates


Ray Pearl, California Housing Consortium
Cathy Creswell, CA Department of Housing and Community Development (former) and Creswell Consulting


Mark Pisano, USC Senior Fellow
Sean Randolph, Bay Area Council Economic Institute


Jason Barrett, Milken Institute


Alma Salazar, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Van Ton-Quinlivan, California Community Colleges, State Chancellor’s Office

Working Landscapes

Glenda Humiston, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
A.G. Kawamura, Solutions from the Land Dialogue

Summit Advisory Committee

Orson Aguilar, Greenlining Institute
Chris Benner, UC Santa Cruz
Lou Anne Bynum, Long Beach City College
Oscar Chavez, Sonoma Innovation Council

John Coleman, Association of California Water Agencies

Mike Dozier, Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley
Steve Finnegan, Southern California Automobile Club

Tim Frank, Center for Sustainable Neighborhoods
Jennifer Hernandez, Holland & Knight

Bill Higgins, California Association of Council of Governments

Chris Hoene, California Budget Project 

John Husing, Economics & Politics Inc., Inland Empire

Kevin Klowden, Milken Institute
Bob Lanter, California Workforce Association
Rob Lapsley, California Business Roundtable
Stephen Levy, Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy
Mike McKeever, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Kate Meis, Local Government Commission
Kyle Packham, California Special Districts Association
Rick Pena, Latino Business Association
Noel Perry, Next 10

Ed Rendon, Teamsters Joint Council 42 and San Gabriel Civic Alliance
Dorothy Rothrock, California Manufacturers and Technology Association
Gurbax Sahota, CalED

Libby Sholes, California Council of Churches
Michele Siqueiros, Campaign for College Opportunity
Helen Torres, HOPE: Hispanas Organized for Political Equality
Claudia Viek, California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity
Craig Watson, California Arts Council
Jay Ziegler, Nature Conservancy

Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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