For three years now, the California Economic Summit has been an ongoing partnership between California Forward and the California Stewardship Network to gather like minds and stakeholders with the singular goal of advancing the state’s economy in a thoughtful, methodical and logical way. This year, the Summit held a one day event called Capitol Day, where Summit Action Teams met to discuss accomplishments over the past year and plans for the future. The afternoon conversations took up three huge challenges for the state’s economy: water, workforce, and creating enough housing and transit options for that workforce. Speaking in front of the hundreds of attendees, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins reaffirmed the priorities of the Summit, particularly calling out the need to train a 21st century workforce.
“Your goal-economic prosperity, environmental quality, and expanding opportunity for everyone-is right on target,” Speaker Atkins said. “I believe one of our most important jobs in the Capitol is finding the right balance, a balance where California has a strong business climate that generates jobs and revenue, where we’re also safe, healthy, and financially able to live, work, and raise our families. That’s really it. The solutions aren’t so easy.” CLICK HERE for a video.
Read more about the big themes of the day in a recap “Three ways to ensure California’s prosperity emerge from Summit’s Capitol Day.” For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.