Equitable Economic Development across California

Equitable Economic Development across California

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Overview

California is a center of innovation and home to world-leading enterprises. By some measures, California possess the world’s fifth largest economy. California’s economy is also, however, characterized by significant inequality and sizeable regional disparities.

In recent years, California has begun to take notable steps toward supporting regional approaches to economic development. New initiatives and emerging programs may provide a pathway toward addressing regional disparities and supporting inclusive development within regions. Yet it is important to note that the record for regional economic development efforts is mixed, with previous initiatives in California and elsewhere often failing to achieve their goals or provide inclusive growth.

The Little Hoover Commission’s study on equitable economic development across California will assess the nature and extent of current regional disparities within the state. It will also examine state efforts to foster inclusive and sustainable regional growth, and how state government can best encourage and support more equitable development.

If you would like more information about this study, please contact Tristan Stein at Tristan.Stein@lhc.ca.gov. To be notified electronically of meetings, events, or when the review is complete, please subscribe to Little Hoover Commission updates: https://bit.ly/LittleHooverNews.

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  • June 23
    2022
    Hearing on Equitable Economic Development (Part 2)
    10 a.m., Sierra Hearing Room, CalEPA Headquarters Building, 1001 I
    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA
    Hearing on Equitable Economic Development across California (Part 2)
    10:00 A.M.
    Thursday, June 23
     
    Join in-person:
    Sierra Hearing Room
    CalEPA Headquarters Building
    1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814
     
    or 

    15 Henry Street, Southampton, New York 11968
     
    or

    38 Poplar Street, Berkeley, California 94708
     
    Join via Zoom:
    Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 950-3406-4792
    Password: 414804
     
    1. Equitable Economic Development across California (Part 2)
     
    a. Morning Session: State Support for Inclusive Regional Development: The Community Economic Resilience Fund (10:00 A.M. to Noon)
     
    • Egon Terplan, Senior Advisor for Economic Development and Transportation, California Strategic Growth Council (Presentation)
    • Mary Collins, Senior Advisor for Climate and Economy, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
    • Kimberlee Meyer, Chief of Workforce Services Branch, Employment Development Department
    • Derek Kirk, Community-Based Solutions Supervisor, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

     

    b. Afternoon Session: An Inclusive Cluster Strategy in Focus: The Fresno-Merced Future of Food Innovation Initiative (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
     
    • Dr. Glenda Humiston, Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California Office of the President (Presentation)
    • Dr. Ram Nunna, Dean, Lyles College of Engineering, California State University, Fresno (Presentation)
    • Dr. Chris Vitelli, Superintendent/President, Merced College (Presentation)
    • Yery Olivares, Chief Operating Officer and CDFI Executive Director, Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation
    • Genoveva Islas, Founder and Executive Director, Cultiva La Salud

     

    d. Public Comment (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)
     
    Registration for this event is not required but if you wish to let us know how you plan on attending the event or you would like to receive additional information regarding the study, please register for the event on Eventbrite.
     
    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 13, 2022

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0926

     

    Notice of Hearing and Business Meeting
     

    On Thursday, June 23, 2022, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing beginning at 10 a.m. on equitable economic development across California and a business meeting beginning at noon. Both the hearing and business meeting will be held in the Sierra Hearing Room at the CalEPA Headquarters Building at 1001 I Street in Sacramento, 15 Henry Street in Southampton, New York, and 38 Poplar Street in Berkeley, California. The hearing will also be accessible via Zoom.

    Members of the public can attend the hearing in person or listen to the hearing by joining online or by phone. Click the URL to join online: https://bit.ly/3Hb0Kwy. To join via phone, call toll free from the U.S. by dialing (888) 788-0099. The webinar ID is 950-3406-4792. The password is 414804. We highly recommend members of the public access the hearing through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone.

    Public comments will be heard at the end of the public hearing and the start of the business meeting and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes. The events may be cancelled without notice. Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearing or business meeting may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, June 16, 2022.

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  • May 26
    2022
    Hearing on Equitable Economic Development across California
    10 a.m., Riverside Convention Center, 3637 5th St, Riverside, CA 92
    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA:
    Hearing on Equitable Economic Development across California
    10 a.m.
    Thursday, May 26, 2022


    Join us in-person:
    Meeting Room 7 and 8
    Riverside Convention Center
    3637 5th Street, Riverside, CA 92501

    Or join via Zoom:
    URL: https://bit.ly/37wy2IX
    Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 987 9380 0239
    Password: 730260
     

    1. Equitable Economic Development across California

    Morning Session: 10 A.M. to Noon

    a. Panel 1: A Statewide Perspective: Regions Rise Together

    i. Lenny Mendonca, Former Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Newsom and Director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

    ii. Ashley Swearengin, President and CEO, Central Valley Community Foundation (Presentation)

    iii. Marek Gootman, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

    Afternoon Session: 1:15 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
    The Inland Empire: A Regional Case Study
     

    b. Panel 2: Regional Economic Development

    i. Paul Granillo, President and CEO, Inland Empire Economic Partnership (Written Testimony)

    ii. Tomás D. Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino (Written Testimony)

    iii. Suzanne Holland, Director, Riverside County Office of Economic Development

    c. Panel 3: Opportunity and Inclusion

    i. Jackie Melendez, Executive Director, Inland Economic Growth & Opportunity (IEGO)

    ii. Alex Avila, Co-Founder of the Black Brown Economic Empowerment Partnership and the Inland Empire Multicultural Collective

    iii. Karen Suarez, Director, Uplift San Bernardino (Presentation, Written Testimony)

    d. Public Comment (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)

    Registration for this event is not required but if you wish to let us know how you plan on attending the event or you would like to receive additional information regarding the study, please register for the event on Eventbrite.

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    May 10, 2022
     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0926

    Notice of Hearing

    On Thursday, May 26, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on equitable economic development across California. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Meeting Room 7 and 8 at the Riverside Convention Center at 3637 5th Street in Riverside. 

    Public comments will be heard at the end of the hearing and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes. Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearing may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, May 19.


    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We appreciate your patience.

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  • June 23
    2022
    Hearing on Equitable Economic Development (Part 2)
    10 a.m., Sierra Hearing Room, CalEPA Headquarters Building, 1001 I
    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA
    Hearing on Equitable Economic Development across California (Part 2)
    10:00 A.M.
    Thursday, June 23
     
    Join in-person:
    Sierra Hearing Room
    CalEPA Headquarters Building
    1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814
     
    or 

    15 Henry Street, Southampton, New York 11968
     
    or

    38 Poplar Street, Berkeley, California 94708
     
    Join via Zoom:
    Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 950-3406-4792
    Password: 414804
     
    1. Equitable Economic Development across California (Part 2)
     
    a. Morning Session: State Support for Inclusive Regional Development: The Community Economic Resilience Fund (10:00 A.M. to Noon)
     
    • Egon Terplan, Senior Advisor for Economic Development and Transportation, California Strategic Growth Council (Presentation)
    • Mary Collins, Senior Advisor for Climate and Economy, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
    • Kimberlee Meyer, Chief of Workforce Services Branch, Employment Development Department
    • Derek Kirk, Community-Based Solutions Supervisor, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

     

    b. Afternoon Session: An Inclusive Cluster Strategy in Focus: The Fresno-Merced Future of Food Innovation Initiative (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
     
    • Dr. Glenda Humiston, Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California Office of the President (Presentation)
    • Dr. Ram Nunna, Dean, Lyles College of Engineering, California State University, Fresno (Presentation)
    • Dr. Chris Vitelli, Superintendent/President, Merced College (Presentation)
    • Yery Olivares, Chief Operating Officer and CDFI Executive Director, Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation
    • Genoveva Islas, Founder and Executive Director, Cultiva La Salud

     

    d. Public Comment (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)
     
    Registration for this event is not required but if you wish to let us know how you plan on attending the event or you would like to receive additional information regarding the study, please register for the event on Eventbrite.
     
    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 13, 2022

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0926

     

    Notice of Hearing and Business Meeting
     

    On Thursday, June 23, 2022, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing beginning at 10 a.m. on equitable economic development across California and a business meeting beginning at noon. Both the hearing and business meeting will be held in the Sierra Hearing Room at the CalEPA Headquarters Building at 1001 I Street in Sacramento, 15 Henry Street in Southampton, New York, and 38 Poplar Street in Berkeley, California. The hearing will also be accessible via Zoom.

    Members of the public can attend the hearing in person or listen to the hearing by joining online or by phone. Click the URL to join online: https://bit.ly/3Hb0Kwy. To join via phone, call toll free from the U.S. by dialing (888) 788-0099. The webinar ID is 950-3406-4792. The password is 414804. We highly recommend members of the public access the hearing through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone.

    Public comments will be heard at the end of the public hearing and the start of the business meeting and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes. The events may be cancelled without notice. Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearing or business meeting may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, June 16, 2022.

    Video
  • May 26
    2022
    Hearing on Equitable Economic Development across California
    10 a.m., Riverside Convention Center, 3637 5th St, Riverside, CA 92
    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA:
    Hearing on Equitable Economic Development across California
    10 a.m.
    Thursday, May 26, 2022


    Join us in-person:
    Meeting Room 7 and 8
    Riverside Convention Center
    3637 5th Street, Riverside, CA 92501

    Or join via Zoom:
    URL: https://bit.ly/37wy2IX
    Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 987 9380 0239
    Password: 730260
     

    1. Equitable Economic Development across California

    Morning Session: 10 A.M. to Noon

    a. Panel 1: A Statewide Perspective: Regions Rise Together

    i. Lenny Mendonca, Former Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Newsom and Director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

    ii. Ashley Swearengin, President and CEO, Central Valley Community Foundation (Presentation)

    iii. Marek Gootman, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

    Afternoon Session: 1:15 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
    The Inland Empire: A Regional Case Study
     

    b. Panel 2: Regional Economic Development

    i. Paul Granillo, President and CEO, Inland Empire Economic Partnership (Written Testimony)

    ii. Tomás D. Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino (Written Testimony)

    iii. Suzanne Holland, Director, Riverside County Office of Economic Development

    c. Panel 3: Opportunity and Inclusion

    i. Jackie Melendez, Executive Director, Inland Economic Growth & Opportunity (IEGO)

    ii. Alex Avila, Co-Founder of the Black Brown Economic Empowerment Partnership and the Inland Empire Multicultural Collective

    iii. Karen Suarez, Director, Uplift San Bernardino (Presentation, Written Testimony)

    d. Public Comment (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)

    Registration for this event is not required but if you wish to let us know how you plan on attending the event or you would like to receive additional information regarding the study, please register for the event on Eventbrite.

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    May 10, 2022
     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0926

    Notice of Hearing

    On Thursday, May 26, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on equitable economic development across California. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Meeting Room 7 and 8 at the Riverside Convention Center at 3637 5th Street in Riverside. 

    Public comments will be heard at the end of the hearing and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes. Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearing may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, May 19.


    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We appreciate your patience.

    Video