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

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San Francisco, CA 94104
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Key Findings from CRI Profiles

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For the past three years, case studies of Collaborative Regional Initiatives (CRIs) have been prepared for discussion at the annual Civic Entrepreneur Summit, and as a resource document for learning about California's regions. The CRIs are led by civic entrepreneurs from business, government, education, and the community. They are creating a new type of governance for the 21st century regional in scope, collaborative in nature, and based on an understanding of the interdependence between the economy, the environment, and the community (social equity) the three e's of sustainable development.

This movement has emerged bottoms up from communities and regions throughout the state to address problem solving for complex and interrelated regional challenges, and it continues to evolve. As understanding increases of the potential for the CRIs to address these issues, partnerships are increasing at all levels, including with the State, and with diverse multi-stakeholder interests.

Two years ago, examples of successful CRI initiatives were documented. At that time, they tended to fall into four main categories: regional visioning, community indicators, workforce development, and economic development. As the CRIs mature and new CRIs are formed, their work has moved toward a more integrated view of regional development. And, the notion of economic development has broadened significantly.

This year there are eighteen CRIs attending the Summit. Combined, they cover a large portion of both the State's population and geography. These CRIs were asked to describe their major accomplishments and activities this past year. Their answers reflect the changes described above. In addition, their work and accomplishments have spread to new arenas and deepened as their experience and credibility increases. This document presents a summary of the key themes and findings of the CRI Profiles, followed by the individual CRI Profiles. In addition to their major accomplishments, information also is presented on major lessons learned and things CRI teams would like to learn from other Summit participants.

This is an exciting time as the CRIs begin to work across regions, across issues, and with new partners, while new opportunities are emerging for CRIs increased collaboration and innovation in meeting significant regional and statewide challenges.