Want to see California on the rise? Look inland

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Want to see California on the rise? Look inland

Tess Eyrich

A new coalition co-founded by Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor at the University of California, Riverside, wants to change the way you think about the Golden State. The goal is to shift perceptions about the state’s overlooked “backbone” region — Inland California — and shine a light on its potential as a site of innovation and opportunity, Ramakrishnan said.

Stretching from Riverside and San Bernardino counties through the Central Valley and up to Sacramento, Inland California is experiencing rapid population and economic growth. Its more than 11 million residents account for nearly 30% of the state’s population — a portion also larger than the populations of 43 states.

The region is home to dynamic leaders and opportunities in a broad range of sectors, including business, government, higher education, nonprofits, philanthropy, and technology, among others. Ramakrishnan, who has dual appointments in UCR’s School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science, co-founded the coalition, known as Inland California Rising, to showcase the strengths of these assets — and, ultimately, to increase investments in them.  

Read more here: https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2019/06/24/want-see-california-rise-look-inland

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