|Sustaining Progress January 2015
|Economic Summit unveiled five-year roadmap to shared prosperity for California
CA Fwd is proud of its role in the CA Economic Summit, which released the Roadmap to Shared Prosperity, a broad set of proposals aimed at helping every region in California accelerate middle-class job growth—and address issues from growing income inequality to the environmental and economic challenges of climate change.
Here’s how CA Fwd is advancing the right next steps toward sustainable growth:
- CA Fwd is an active member of the Community College Chancellor’s Workforce Task Force, created to address the skills gap in CA.
- CA Fwd is promoting infrastructure financing districts as a way for local governments to build sustainable communities.
- Stay tuned for Financing the Future in which CA Fwd will explore options for CA’s long-term fiscal health.
|2015: Open season for California open data
2015 should be the year for open data in California. A new crop of state lawmakers and constitutional officers, combined with activity underway in state and local governments, are pushing California closer to a “tipping point” where the demand and use of data can truly transform the public sector.
CA Fwd is promoting the adoption of Open Data through regional fora across California where local agencies and entrepreneurs are sharing ideas and discoveries. These regional conversations will be distilled into a showcase of best practices and next steps at the March 2015 Summit on Data in Sacramento.
Given the progress in recent years to ease partisan gridlock, restore the state’s fiscal health, and improve the relationship between the state and local government, 2015 should be the year to radically deploy data in the quest for more middle class jobs, higher quality public services and greater accountability in government.
Open Data could be the title for the next chapter in California’s comeback story.
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|Create Accountability for Results
CA Fwd’s letter to the Federal Election Commission
CA Fwd sent a letter to the FEC urging the federal elections officials to embrace and improve electronic disclosure of campaign finance data and to find examples of best practices for using tech to increase transparency. Removing the technological barriers that impede public access to campaign finance data is key to bolstering the legitimacy of American democracy. Read More >>
|Create More Middle Class Jobs
Governor’s budget reflects much of Economic Summit agenda
Governor Brown offered a broad vision for CA’s sustainable growth that aligns closely with the goals of the CA Economic Summit. Brown’s budget highlights CA’s renewed efforts to combat income inequality and prepare Californians to compete in the global economy through smart investments in workforce training and infrastructure. Read More >>
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|Open Data Forum in Fresno
California Forward invites Central Valley city officials and staff to attend a free event February 4 exploring how open civic data helps local governments be more efficient, effective and responsive. Leaders in the field will share best practices and case studies from around the nation, with a focus on policy, process and implementation. Breakout sessions will cater to both technical and non-technical participants. Confirmed speakers include Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, City of LA Chief Data Officer Abhi Nemani, Peter Koht of OpenCounter as well as many others.
February 4, 2015 10 a.m. – 2 p.m
UC Center | Fresno, CA
|Future of California Elections 2015 Conference
Join CA Fwd and other Future of California Elections members listen to local and national experts discuss the latest developments in election administration and civic engagement. Speakers will discuss California’s diverse voters and the importance of working in partnerships to ensure all voters can participate in elections. Participants to the conference should expect to listen to dynamic panel discussions, engage with their peers in the election field, as well as meet other election stakeholders that are working toward the collective effort of modernizing elections and expanding participation in California’s democracy.
February 18, 2015 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
February 19, 2015 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sacramento Convention Center | Sacramento, CA
|The California Awards for Innovation in Higher Education Showcase
CA Fwd is partnering with student groups and education experts to host the Awards for Innovation in Higher Education Showcase. The awards recognize California community colleges, CSU campuses, and UC campuses that have innovated to significantly increase the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded, allow students to complete bachelor’s degrees within four years, and ease transfer through the state’s education system. Award recipients will be announced this spring by the Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education. The Showcase will highlight innovations submitted for consideration by the Awards Committee. The day will include presentation, discussion and networking with higher education innovators, business and civic leaders, and state policymakers.
March 9, 2015 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sacramento Grand Ballroom | Sacramento, CA