Summit to Feature Gubernatorial Candidates, State Lawmakers and Top Higher Education Leaders

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San Diego, CA – October 4, 2017 –  Registration for the California Economic Summit in San Diego on Nov. 2-3, is underway. To register for the Summit click here.

The Summit, now in its sixth year, will feature the leading California 2018 gubernatorial candidates and the state’s three higher education leaders, among others to discuss developing a policy agenda to meet the issues of income inequality, economic security and upward mobility.

Currently, 18 million Californians live in or near poverty and it’s not difficult to understand why – with an affordable housing crisis touching all parts of the state; a rising gap in the number of workers available to meet the demands of the jobs of tomorrow; and, crumbling infrastructure – these issues have a far and wide reach and are causing Californian’s to struggle to make ends meet. 

“I’m pleased to welcome the California Economic Summit to San Diego,” said Toni Atkins, State Senator representing the 39th District. “By bringing together important stakeholders as well as policymakers at every level of government, the Summit is the right place to address how together we can lift more Californians out of poverty by finding solutions to our housing shortage, workforce needs, and water and transportation infrastructure.”

Scheduled to participate in November’s Summit are:

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom; Treasurer John Chiang; former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; University of California President Janet Napolitano; California State University Chancellor Timothy White; California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley; San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer; and State Senator Toni Atkins, among many others.

To view the current event agenda, click here.   

In anticipation of this year’s convening, the California Economic Summit along with founding partner, California Forward (CA Fwd), launched Elevate California – a platform focused on identifying actionable approaches to increasing income equality, economic security and upward mobility. Elevate CA along with the Summit’s action plan, the 2017 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity, are critical to shaping and focusing this year’s annual convening.

The California Economic Summit was developed by CA Fwd and the California Stewardship Network. Media interested in attending should reach out to request a media pass.

CONTACT: Ed Coghlan, CA Fwd, 818.489.4774


California Forward (CA Fwd) is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization, devoted to improving the performance of government in California. It believes that increased emphasis on accountability and transparency will create government that Californians deserve and expect. CA Fwd strongly advocates for confidence and trust in elected officials as being an essential ingredient to good government


The California Stewardship Network was created in 2008, when a group of diverse regions across California were inspired by Becky Morgan to come together to establish an alliance of regional partnerships to tackle the states most pressing economic, environmental and community challenges.


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