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CCRL California Center for Regional Leadership
Connecting California's Regions to the State and Each Other

200 Pine St., Ste. 400
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone (415) 445-8975
Fax (415) 445-8974

The California Center for Regional Leadership discontinued operations in 2009. This website is provided as it was at the time CCRL discontinued operations for the Internet community. This service is offered for free by Urban Insight.


Nick BollmanCCRL's beloved founder and long-time CEO, Nick Bollman, passed away suddenly on October 27 at his Florida home. Only a year into an extraordinarily active retirement - he continued to serve as Senior Fellow with the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University, the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, and with New Voice of Business - and mere months into his full-time relocation to South Florida, Nick remained a valued advisor and mentor to CCRL. Ever the warrior for good public policy, Nick spent his final day working on climate change solutions for Florida in his home office.

With inspiring tributes published in the Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle, and spoken at his December 2 memorial at San Francisco's City Hall, Nick's legacy as a ground-breaking, risk-taking, inspirational leader is secure.

For information about the Nick Bollman Fund for Civic Entrepreneurs, established by his family in his honor »

CCRL & The Regional Civic Movement
The Regional Civic MovementThe California Regional Network
Working to improve the state's economy and quality of life.

The Civic Entrepreneur Summit
Please join us September 19-20 in Long Beach! The 2005 Summit is an opportunity for regional leaders to come together to network, share success stories, and shape the State's 2006 policy and leadership agenda.

Indicators: The California Progress Project
Regional Quality of Life Indicators are valuable tools to track community trends.

CCRL & State Policy

State Policy Economic Vitality Project
CCRL is working with several state agencies and initiatives to help them to craft an appropriate role that builds on "state-of-the-art" economic development practices, and create new partnerships based on the idea that economic performance is a shared responsibility.

Better Planning for Growth in California
CCRL engages regional leaders, the Legislature, and state agencies in moving forward a unified set of land-use and infrastructure goals for the state government that are aligned with regional needs.

CCRL & The Regional Public Sector
The Regional Public SectorBlueprint Learning Network
Regional growth visioning and integrated planning represent a new generation of planning and growth management, both as a means of engaging citizens to strengthen the institution of democracy and also as a way to achieve better planning and public policy.

2007 Workshop Sessions
 Fresno (Sept 25-26, 2007)
 Oakland (Nov 13-14, 2007)
2006 Workshop Sessions
 Sacramento (May 12, 2006)
 Oakland (Sept 13-14, 2006)
 Anaheim (Nov 29-30, 2006)

Regional Governance
Working with and through Regional Collaborative partners, CCRL promotes a new governance model, "collaborative regional governance." Based on informal networks and focused on targeted problem-solving, this new form of governance engages the public, business, community and civic sectors to advance the 3E goals (economy, environment, social equity).


Featured CCRL Publications

Blueprint Learning Network - 2007 Workshop Sessions

Session 1: June 20-21
Webcast of Session 1
San Diego

Co-hosted by San Diego Association of Governments

  • Energy, Land Use and Carbon Emissions

Session 2: Sept. 25-26

Co-hosted by Council of Fresno County Governments

  • Air Quality, Agricultural Lands, Public Health, Water Resources and New Technologies

Event Agenda »

Session 3: Nov. 13-14

Co-hosted by Association of Bay Area Governments

  • Environmental Justice, Public Engagement, Local Marketing Implementation

Event Agenda »

The California Regional Network

Archived Partner Information

Archived CCRL Information

 Please click here to review all of the materials and reports from the Economic Vitality Conversations CCRL convened.

 Next Ten : State Budget Education and Action
The Next Ten project seeks to move the public conversation about the budget beyond the short-term crisis debate, and to a long-term discussion of our desired future.

 California Policy Reform Network
The California Policy Reform Network, or CPRN, is a civic partnership advancing state policy reforms by informing and engaging California's civic leaders from all walks of life on fundamental state policy reform issues. Currently, CPRN focuses on three policy areas: state budget priorities and planning (the Next Ten project); growth planning and growth management; and infrastructure planning and financing.

 Speaker's Commission on Regionalism
Speaker Emeritus of the California Assembly Bob Hertzberg convened this commission, chaired by CCRL President Nick Bollman, to examine some of California's most serious immediate and long-term issues. The commission's final report, issued in January 2002, presents a policy framework and specific recommendations for more effective solutions at a regional scale and tailored to the unique needs of the state's diverse regions.