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CCRL TO HOST 2006 CIVIC ENTREPRENEUR SUMMIT, SEPTEMBER 24-26

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, - The California Center for Regional Leadership (CCRL), an influential statewide public policy organization that researches and addresses regional infrastructure, economic, environmental and quality of life concerns and issues, will host its annual Civic Entrepreneur Summit on "Infrastructure: A Regional Challenge," on September 24 through September 26 in San Francisco at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell Street.

The Civic Entrepreneur Summit is open to the public. Admission is $285 per person, and includes a Sunday evening pre-conference welcome dinner at the Empress of China on Grant Street in San Francisco and the CCRL Civic Entrepreneur Summit Awards Luncheon scheduled within the event's agenda.

For reservations and more information, call 818.761.2233 [Los Angeles] or 415.445.8975 [San Francisco], visit calregions.urbaninsight.com, or email info@calregions.org.

CCRL Chairman David W. Fleming, Esq., says that Infrastructure and its impact on California's regions is the primary emphasis of the conference. "The State's regions, its people and communities require -- and deserve - a solid infrastructure plan to address transportation congestion, air quality, job creation, housing access and affordability, improvements in land use, ground and air transportation facilities, water quality and supply, and goods movement. Our legislators have developed four infrastructure investment initiatives to address these issues which will be on the November ballot; the Summit will cover how the passage or defeat of these bonds will impact California's regions and their ability to compete in the world market; create, maintain and attract jobs; provide critical natural resources [i.e., oil, water, gas]; sustain and improve environmental preservation; and protect and grow other quality-of-life needs, including housing and schools."

The California Center for Regional Leadership, headquartered in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is a statewide nonprofit organization, established to support, facilitate, and promote innovative regional solutions for the state's major economic, environmental, and society challenges, to help achieve a more sustainable California.

In addition to Mr. Fleming, who is of counsel to Latham & Watkins, Board Chair of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and the incoming Board Chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, other CCRL Board of Directors include: immediate past CCRL Chair David Abel, President, Metro Forum Project, and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; Hope Boonshaft, California Film Commissioner and consultant; Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, the City of West Sacramento, and President of EdVoice; Robert Garcia, Executive Director, Center for Law in the Public Interest; Randal J. Hernandez, Senior Government Relations Executive, Bank of America; former California Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; Dan Mazmanian, Ph.D., Bedrosian Chair in Governance, University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning & Development; John A. Perez, Political Director, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 324; Julie Meier Wright, President and CEO, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation; and Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council. Bonny L. Herman is the CCRL President and CEO.