Reporting: Economy Archives

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

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

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Infrastructure

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

Legislature working on addressing a $59 billion-backlog in state road and highways maintenance, but so far, proposed fixes have been temporary solutions to a long-term infrastructure investment issue.  Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, State Budget, Tax Reform

SoCal Latino leaders gather to help schools and cities embrace technology

Elected leaders and school officials came together to discuss cities and districts being left behind by the pace of new technology and how to adapt smartly to boost civic engagement, education outcomes and local economies.  Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Civic Engagement, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Economy, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Transparency

CA Fwd’s Fred Silva explains a new tool for urban economic development

California's new law to help local governments work together to pay for a broad range of infrastructure projects takes a smarter approach to economic development than the state's old Redevelopment funding.  Read More

Categories: Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Working Access Group

Millennial rewrites story of homelessness through workforce training, education access

Economic challenges of California's younger generation of job seekers shown in story of millennial who returned to school and work after being homeless.  Read More

Categories: Community Services, Economy, Creating Jobs, Working Access Group, Education

A Sustainable Los Angeles? That’s the Plan!

City's first Sustainability Officer explains what the "triple bottom line" means when it comes to measuring the plan to improve the quality life of residents.  Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Economy, Working Access Group, Accountability, Transparency

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

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Budget Reform, Education, State Budget

Part 1: Revenues may be rolling in but state budget must heed lessons of past

Boom, Bust, Repeat? - New series from CA Fwd explores how the state can smartly manage recent revenue gains to strengthen public programs for the long term. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Boom, Bust, Repeat, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Leadership Council

Voice of California labor adds perspective to skills gap task force

Boosting CTE funding and creating more work-based learning at community colleges are two recommendations from John Brauer of California Labor Federation, member of California Community Colleges' workforce Task Force.  Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs

CA Fwd report highlights revenue options for investments in education and infrastructure

California's long-term prosperity depends on having this conversation about paying for state's top priorities regionally and statewide. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Education

VIDEO: Workforce Town Halls brainstorm ideas to take on skills gap problem

Employers made their voices heard during regional town halls; now Community Colleges' Workforce Task Force will work together on making recommendations for building up the state's workforce Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies

Q&A: Business takes interest in bridging gap with higher ed through innovation awards

SF Chamber president argues why industry and higher ed must bridge gap between them Read More

Categories: Community Services, Innovation in Higher Education, Economy, Education

VIDEO: How tech startups can improve government-citizen relationship

One thriving startup founder talks about how civic data can be an economic opportunity and a way to get citizens more engaged with government Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Economy, Accountability, Transparency

Laura Tyson & Lenny Mendonca: Inside the Training Revolution

Training the next generation of workers and keeping pace with technology will need the public and private sectors to collaborate better. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs

California task force to close skills gap gets to work

CA Fwd's Jim Mayer and others assemble to help state's community colleges connect workforce training with industry skill needs. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs

California community colleges get double dose of good news

California’s community colleges are considered a key player California meeting the challenge of aligning its workforce to the jobs available. Recently they received a double dose of good news from Governor Brown and President Obama Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Economy, Creating Jobs

Governor’s budget reflects much of Economic Summit agenda

In his two major public appearances this week, Gov. Brown offered a broad vision for California’s sustainable growth that aligns closely with the goals of the California Economic Summit Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Economy

VIDEO: California Community Colleges create task force on jobs

The 24 member group is charged with developing policies to prepare more students for existing high value jobs and to promote job creation with workforce training. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs

VIDEO: Helping social entrepreneurs create more impact

Summit event in Los Angeles brainstormed ideas for boosting impact economy. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs

VIDEO: Millennials face uphill battle in today’s economy

We asked a gathering of sub-40-year-old representatives from a range of public policy groups to give us a rundown of those problems and where the opportunities are for fixing them. Read More

Categories: Economy, Creating Jobs, Smart Investment, Californians, Millennials

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