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Indicators: The California Progress Project
California Regional Progress Report

California Regional Progress Report 2007
[2.24MB, PDF]

The California Regional Progress Report (June 2007) is the first comprehensive statewide indicators report built from the regions up, reflecting the diversity of the State's regions but also shared issues of statewide significance critical for the sustainability of the State's quality of life, prosperity and access to shared opportunity. This project is a collaboration of CCRL and the California Association of Councils of Government (CALCOG) and its member agencies, the Metropolitan Planning Agencies (MPOs) and Councils of Governments (COGs), Caltrans, University of California, Davis and the California Department of Housing and Community Development, with the generous support of the Morgan Family Foundation.

The Progress Report presents a snapshot of how the State is doing across its diverse regions, across a range of important indicators of economic, social and environmental wellbeing. The Report uses the desired goals and outcomes of Regional Blueprint Planning as a framework for measuring regional progress. These innovative, comprehensive long-term regional planning and visioning efforts are underway in most of the State's regions, led by the majority of the MPOs and COGs which are responsible for transportation planning and investments of federal and other resources.

Indicator reports provide a valuable information resource for community, region and state leaders and residents to use in important planning, policy and investment decisions. As we confront the challenges of growth, the historic underinvestment in our infrastructure systems, and advancing our standing in the global economy, it is critical that these decisions are grounded in good information, that we have ways to measure our progress, and that we hold all of ourselves accountable for the outcomes. The Progress Report can be used as a baseline to guide investments decisions for the $42.7 billion in infrastructure bonds approved by the voters in November 2006 - an historic down payment for the State's future prosperity and quality of life.

The Progress Report contains thirteen indicators with twenty-seven measures of progress, ranging from changes in congestion and land use to air quality and health. The data is presented for regions along the boundaries of the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Agencies. Additional groupings include the aggregation of the eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley, which are participating together in blueprint planning. The rural counties in the balance of the State are grouped primarily based on common geography or economy. They are organized along the dimensions of place (natural and built environment), prosperity (employment, income, and innovation) and people (educational status, health status and public safety).

Data are also available for each county for each measure (where available) - Download a zip file of overall matrix of indicators and the excel spreadsheets for each measure.

Why Indicators?

California's Regional Collaboratives (RCs) have been at the cutting edge of innovation in the field of Regional Quality of Life Indicators. Each year, several of the RCs release reports and mobilize leaders and citizens to take action around initiatives to improve their regions. Links to several of these reports are provided below. The RCs have many partners in these efforts, including the MPOs and COGs. In 2003, CCRL documented California's 14 projects and network of practitioners in a report titled Telling Our Story, Measuring Our Progress: California's Regional Quality of Life Indicator Projects (2.9MB, PDF). This report was the genesis for the California Regional Progress Report and the partnership with CALCOG and the State. There is much to be gained from working more closely together and sharing resources and best practices to advance the community of practice and improve decision making and investing for California's future.

Recent California Regional Indicator Reports:

Best Practices from around the Nation: