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

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California Regional Network: Regions Working Together for a Better California (2003)

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Executive summary:

The California Regional Network is made up of region-based civic organizations working to improve the state's economy, quality of life, and opportunity for all.

The Regional Collaboratives
The Regional Collaboratives (RCs) act as conveners and coordinators of community initiatives and civic governance within their regions. The statewide network is a voluntary association, which enables them to assist one another—building consensus and developing collaborative strategies. The network is supported and facilitated by the California Center for Regional Leadership.

Civic Leadership at a Regional Scale
The RCs work at a regional level, recognizing that the long-term challenges facing California's communities do not always conform to arbitrary political jurisdictions and bureaucracies. The organizations:

  1. Share best practices
  2. Develop resources and funding to support individual RCs and network activities
  3. Communicate the work to the public, media, and the philanthropic community
  4. Through the California Policy Reform Network, develop coalition-based policy remedies and joint action strategies

Building Consensus
Areas for Collaborative Activity:

  1. Program—Current examples of network program focus include:
    1. Regional Community Indicators—with a core set of common benchmarks—ultimately leading to a statewide Community Indicators Report
    2. Economic strategy and workforce investment programming, working with the California Economic Strategy Panel and the California Workforce Investment Board
    3. Regional visioning and strategies for regional planning
    4. Civic engagement
  2. Policy—Inform the public debate on local, regional and statewide issues and reforms. Current examples of policy focus include:
    1. Local, regional and state fiscal structures
    2. Infrastructure planning and investment
    3. Strategies to promote broad-based prosperity and opportunities for all
    4. Responsible policies for sustaining the state's quality of life, while accommodating projected population growth
  3. Communications and Outreach—Increase the visibility of California's individual Regional Collaboratives, and the activity of the network, among California and national media, policymakers, philanthropy and the general public
  4. Resources, Grants and Fund Development—Develop joint campaigns to secure resources for initiatives, facilitated by the RCs and the network

The Long Term Vision
California faces short-term crises, as well as long-term challenges and opportunities. Over the last several years, RCs have demonstrated their unique abilities in developing strategies to solve problems. Working with and through the network, they take on a critical role in advancing pragmatic solutions that secure a better future for all Californians.

Shared Values and Principles
Regional Collaborative Network Values

  1. Stewardship: Commitment to practice regional stewardship—working to achieve the greatest, long-term benefit for the regions and for the state of California
  2. Innovation: Commitment to share new ideas, strategies, policies, and programs, so that together, we can continue to learn and improve our effectiveness
  3. Collaboration: Commitment to serve as facilitators and honest brokers in the public debate—incorporating all stakeholders and considering all factors—with special regard for the integrity of the collaborative process
  4. Strong Economy: Commitment to build robust regional economies for California, through knowledge, innovation, strategic engagement and accountability
  5. Environmental Stewardship: Commitment to advance policies and practices that promote sustainable communities, and preserve California's quality of life
  6. Equity Through Opportunity: Commitment to inclusion and empowerment, serving the interests of all people and cultures
  7. Diverse Engagement: Commitment to collaboration and engagement across the full spectrum of interests, institutions, and communities; and in partnerships among the civic, public and private sectors
  8. Regional Scale and Scope: Commitment to right-sized solutions—collaborating on a region-based, multi-jurisdictional or inter-agency level—appropriate to effective problem solving