August 16, 2017 by Mark Pisano

Our Future is 3-D: How to better pay for public goods through economic growth

New infrastructure tools make it easier for local governments to partner around shared purpose Read More »

New transportation package raises taxes but also increases accountability in how money is spent
April 28, 2017 by Jim Mayer

New transportation package raises taxes but also increases accountability in how money is spent

Road funding also attaches new metrics and accountability measures to the $52 billion to be spent over 10 years Read More »

Commentary: With no state action on roads, regional solutions needed
October 26, 2016 by Mark Pisano and Sean Randolph

Commentary: With no state action on roads, regional solutions needed

The next generation of transportation solutions need to be created at the local and regional level Read More »

Commentary: Our Roads and Bridges: The Fix Is Not In
June 17, 2016 by Will Kempton

Commentary: Our Roads and Bridges: The Fix Is Not In

State infrastructure investment not keeping up with need, but Californians need assurances that additional funds will be dedicated, protected, and efficiently spent.  Read More »

California tool to fund badly needed infrastructure growing in popularity
March 28, 2016 by Ed Coghlan

California tool to fund badly needed infrastructure growing in popularity

The EIFD is currently being considered for 60 projects across the state, including Sacramento bridges and L.A. River revitalization. Read More »

VIDEO: El Niño’s not enough—Storage is a vital part of California water game plan
March 10, 2016 by Ed Coghlan

VIDEO: El Niño’s not enough—Storage is a vital part of California water game plan

New California Assembly Speaker talks about how storage benefits many efforts to capture and conserve more water. Read More »

Summit shares ideas on ending sprawl, expanding water conservation with environmental leaders
March 09, 2016 by Justin Ewers

Summit shares ideas on ending sprawl, expanding water conservation with environmental leaders

Symposium highlighted need for allies beyond usual environmental groups in effort to craft land use and water plans for sustainable growth. Read More »

Legislative wrap-up: California housing solution is under construction
October 14, 2015 by Ed Coghlan

Legislative wrap-up: California housing solution is under construction

Overview of legislative results and wins for Summit toward spurring investment in housing and infrastructure Read More »

How to pay for local infrastructure projects? New website offers an answer
September 30, 2015 by Darin Dinsmore

How to pay for local infrastructure projects? New website offers an answer

Recent legislation expands local governments’ infrastructure financing powers that will help build investments in projects from transit stations, housing to next-gen water facilities. Read More »

Governor signs local infrastructure financing bill in win for Summit
September 23, 2015 by Justin Ewers

Governor signs local infrastructure financing bill in win for Summit

Law will expand development tool cities can use to pay for a range of vital projects, from affordable housing to transportation infrastructure. Read More »

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

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 by Justin Ewers

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 by Justin Ewers

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 by Justin Ewers

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 by Justin Ewers

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 by Ed Coghlan

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 »

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