Coalition of Central Valley and Inland Empire leaders delivers a unified message in Stockton

Coalition of Central Valley and Inland Empire leaders delivers a unified message in Stockton PRESS RELEASE Friday, September 20, 2019 CONTACT: gary.rettberg@ucr.edu, (609) 980-5484‬ STOCKTON, Calif. – Today in Stockton, California, hosted by Mayor Michael Tubbs, Inland California Rising convened an unprecedented coalition of elected leaders, philanthropists, and nonprofits from across our state for our third regional summit. Today’s event focused on building a world-class cradle-to-career pipeline with the potential to unleash the talents and Read more…

A Call to Philanthropy to Help All Californians Rise

A Call to Philanthropy to Help All Californians Rise Michael Tubbs and Kathleen Kelly Janus Californians must start thinking beyond their own backyard. Philanthropy’s nimble capital, local government’s knowledge, and the nonprofit sector’s trust must be deployed together to empower those who have been left behind. If we continue to operate in silos, the gaps between us will continue to grow. If we work together, all Californians can rise. Read more here: https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/09/19/opinion-a-call-to-philanthropy-to-help-all-californians-rise/

12-week Program an Eye Opener for Girls Who Code

12-week program an eye opener for Girls Who Code Roger Phillips Heaven Ennis was hooked from the moment she took her first coding class and realized she was on her way to learning to create apps and websites. “I couldn’t get enough,” Heaven, 13, said during a break in her Girls Who Code class Thursday afternoon at Conway Homes’ office in south Stockton. “There was interesting stuff. It was pretty awesome.” Heaven, a ninth-grade student Read more…

Want to see California on the rise? Look inland

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 Read more…

Hey, Coastal California: It’s Time to Change up Your View of Inland California

Hey, Coastal California: It’s Time to Change up Your View of Inland California Karthick Ramakrishnan Despite inland California’s importance to the state and its future, words like innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership do not predominate. Instead, when you hear about places like Stockton, Modesto, Fresno, Bakersfield, Riverside, and San Bernardino, you are much more likely to hear a litany of problems like poverty and corruption than about transformational investments and innovative leadership. This view of inland Read more…

California’s Inland Region Key to Statewide Vitality

California’s Inland Region Key to Statewide Vitality Karthick Ramakrishnan When it comes to investing in California, the smart money is heading inland, home to one of the most robust employment, innovation and opportunity centers in the United States. That might surprise those who still view the Inland Empire and Central Valley as distant outposts — barely mentionable in the same sentence as coastal California. In fact, not only has the inland region long served as Read more…

State Bill to fund UC Riverside Medical School Expansion is Still Alive

State Bill to Fund UC Riverside Medical School Expansion is Still Alive Jeff Horseman To make it into next fiscal year’s state budget, the medical school funding will have to compete with a wide range of other projects and priorities. First-year Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitious agenda includes solving California’s housing affordability crisis and providing universal preschool for low-income children. Traditionally, Inland leaders have groused about the lack of respect and funding the region gets from Read more…

“We’re Right Here” – Inland California Rising Summit Focuses on Growth Beyond the Coast

“We’re right here” – Inland California Rising summit focuses on growth beyond the coast Jeff Horseman The conference on Friday, held at the Riverside Convention Center, drew political and business leaders and others from throughout the state. A representative from Gov. Gavin Newsom suggested that the basic idea — to help inland parts of the state improve economically and culturally — is supported in Sacramento. “The administration has been very clear that we currently have Read more…

Press Release: Coalition of Valley and Inland Empire leaders delivers a unified message in Sacramento

Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon addresses the Inland California Rising coalition. Photo credit Bryan Patrick. Coalition of Valley and Inland Empire leaders delivers a unified message in Sacramento SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today, Inland California Rising, a new coalition of higher education, civic, philanthropic and community leaders from across the Central Valley and Inland Empire regions, launched a new initiative to unify the voices of Inland California. More than 30 civic and community leaders participated Read more…

Inland California: The Backbone of our State, via the Sacramento Bee

Inland California: the backbone of our state Ashley Swearengin and Karthick Ramakrishnan California is home to nearly 40 million people. The world may know us best for Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the Golden Gate Bridge, but equally important is the backbone of our state, Inland California. Stretching from Sacramento and Stockton through Fresno, Bakersfield and the Inland Empire, our region accounts for nearly a third of California’s population. Less heralded than our coastal neighbors, Inland Read more…

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