SAN FRANCISCO, CA - David W. Fleming, Esq., chairman of the California Center for Regional Leadership (CCRL), announced today that CCRL will host six Regional Growth Dialogues on Infrastructure Priorities, State Bonds and Infrastructure Needs, beginning Thursday, September 7 at the San Diego Association of Governments.
"The purpose of the Regional Growth Dialogues is to explore local challenges to smart-growth development, and to hold robust discussions on the impacts of the infrastructure bond measures on the November ballot. If the bond measures are approved, it is critical to create momentum around continuing efforts led by regional stakeholders to develop individual sets of shared regional infrastructure priorities, and to strengthen partnerships among local, regional and state development participants," says Mr. Fleming.
Participants in the Dialogues include representatives from: regional economic development organizations; civic groups, business, elected officials, and community leaders; California Transportation Commission; Metropolitan Planning Organizations; regional transportation agencies; California Business, Transportation & Housing Agency; California Department of Transportation, and the California Center for Regional Leadership.
Sponsors of the event are: Bank of America, Caltrans, The Nature Conservancy, the Morgan Family Foundation, and regional civic organizations.
Lynn Pike, president of Bank of America California, says the infrastructure crisis affects Californians across the full economic spectrum. "All of the issues covered by the proposed infrastructure bonds are important, particularly housing affordability, which is addressed by Proposition 1C, the Housing Bond," she says. "We need to be able to house our people and provide home ownership opportunities in order to attract and keep quality talent in the state and maintain our economic vitality. The Dialogues will give us a timely opportunity to address housing affordability and other key economic issues at the regional level."
The CCRL Regional Growth Dialogues will be held on the following days in the following locations:
The California Center for Regional Leadership, with offices 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.
- San Diego, September 7
- Los Angeles, September 11
- Orange County, September 12
- Bay Area, September 21
- Inland Empire, October 6
- Fresno, October 19.
In addition to CCRL Chair David W. Fleming, Esq., the other CCRL Board of Directors are: immediate past CCRL Chair David Abel; 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.