California Forward advocates for shared prosperity across all of the state’s regions and for improved government performance and accountability.

We are also the home of the California Economic Summit, a multi-partisan effort fueled by business, equity, environmental, and civic leaders from across the state’s diverse regions. This robust network concentrates on ensuring that all Californians have access to the California Dream, including economic opportunity, stable housing, quality jobs and a healthy environment.

Below is a list of upcoming events. Join us!

Regional Energy Listening Sessions

Regional Energy Listening Session: Sierra and Rural Forested Communities

A big thank you goes to everyone who joined our “Regional Energy Listening Session: Sierra and Rural Forested Communities” event on May 16.

The Listening Session focused on the opportunities, barriers, and resources needed to make energy independence and reliability a reality in the Sierra and rural forested communities. Discussion topics include forest biomass energy, integrating microgrid technologies, and the energy sector workforce pipeline.

We were joined by experts:
Elizabeth Betancourt (Natural and Working Lands Policy Advisor, Department of Conservation);
Andrea Schumer (Resilience Coordinator for Microgrid Policy & Pricing Planning, PG&E); and
Melanie L. Danuser (Director of Education & Training, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council).

Input gathered from this Listening Session will be used to inform statewide energy policy advocacy, building on California Forward’s (CA FWD) Energy Call to Action, which provides a framework for how stakeholders can break through silos and work across sectors to advance energy solutions.

This Listening Session was co-hosted by CA FWD and the Sierra Business Council, and in partnership with CivicWell; CSU Chico – North State Planning & Development Collective; High Sierra Energy Foundation; Sierra Nevada Alliance; and Sonoma County Water Agency.

California Economic Summit Events

2023 California Economic Summit

The 2023 California Economic Summit will take place in Indian Wells on October 11-13. We’re excited to gather leaders from across the state to experience and learn about the distinct assets and aspects of the Coachella and Imperial Valleys.

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