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.