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

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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 abilities of all residents, as well as inspiring state and regional philanthropy to invest in ways that transform regions in partnership with communities. 

Approximately 200 community leaders joined us at the University of the Pacific, for a welcoming ceremony, which was followed by several key breakout sessions focusing on education, environment, public health, reinventing the social safety net and talent and technology. 

Participants joining in our discussion included Mayor Michael Tubbs and key members of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Administration, which include Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research, Kathleen Kelly Janus, Senior Advisor on Social Innovation, and Lenny Mendonca, Governor Newom’s ChiefEconomic & Business Advisor and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development. Other participants included Ashley Swearengin, President & CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation, Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor & Director at UCR Center for Social Innovation, Don Howard, CEO of The James Irvine Foundation, Chet Hewitt, President & CEO of the Sierra Health Foundation, Janet Lamkin, President of United Airlines, California, and Micah Weinberg, CEO of California Forward.

“The problems we face are systemic and profound, but they are not insurmountable. Together, Stockton’s regional efforts have been in step with Governor Gavin Newsom’s agenda and his Inland California Rising Initiative,” said Mayor Michael Tubbs. “Thanks to this administration, we have an opportunity to move towards a vision that aligns with our values, rooted in our understanding that throughout this state, everyone, everywhere has value. After today, we must act and implement people-centered solutions to truly build a California for all.”

“We can and will build a California for all by ensuring that people pay attention to all of California,” said Lenny Mendonca, Governor Newsom’s Chief Business and Economic Advisor and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. “Our inland communities are places of great opportunity and innovation. As we look ahead to a state of 50 million people by 2050, these communities are where renewed growth and opportunity must take place. We look forward to continuing to partner on locally-driven initiatives – like the ones we saw today – so that all regions rise together.“

“Regions Rise Together is about lifting up the best of what’s happening in California’s regions, and building connections across those regions to help all Californians thrive and build resilience in the face of a changing climate and economy,” said Kate Gordon, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Senior Advisor on Climate and Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. “I’m happy to be here in Stockton today to listen carefully to residents share what issues matter to them.”

“We appreciate the partnership and leadership of Mayor Tubbs and the Office of the Governor in this  effort to build a powerful and effective community movement for equity, economic inclusion and health in inland California,” said Chet P. Hewitt, president and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation and The Center.”

Today’s meeting is one of a total of four summits which are being held throughout 2019 in our state’s inland communities. The final session will take place in Fresno, California. Our summits help clarify priorities and identify strategies to address common issues, including higher education, health care, housing and transit, economic development and transportation infrastructure.

Inland California Rising draws on leaders from the philanthropic, business, non-profit, and public sectors who are united in their desire to turbo-charge progress for Inland California, in ways that also benefit the state overall. Initial backers of this effort include mayors from the major Inland California cities, foundation CEOs from each community, higher education leaders, and a rapidly growing coalition of civic and community leaders. The Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside is providing initial data and staff support for Inland California Rising.

The James Irvine Foundation has provided early support to the initiative, which was founded by Ramakrishnan, the center director and Swearengin, the community foundation CEO. The Sierra Health Foundation and United Airlines have provided valuable support for the Stockton convening, and we expect more investors to support Inland California initiatives and partners in the coming months.

A Call to Philanthropy to Help All Californians Rise

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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

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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 at TEAM Charter School, was one of 14 girls who turned out for the class last week. At the moment, she and three other advanced students from the class are working on a special project — the app that will be used at Inland California Rising’s conference on Friday at University of the Pacific.

Read more here: https://www.recordnet.com/news/20190915/12-week-program-eye-opener-for-girls-who-code

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 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

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 California is not only one-sided – coastal California cities have their problems, too – it is also hopelessly outdated. If all you knew about Stockton was its reputation for crime and corruption, you wouldn’t know about leaders like Mayor Michael Tubbs, who won city council at the age of 24 and is testing out bold, innovative solutions like universal basic income and is attracting massive investments to reinvent the city. Nor would you know about the multi-sector projects and partnerships that have emerged out of a network of new generation leaders in Fresno and Modesto. Nor would you know about the innovative ways that the Inland Empire is building a new kind of Census outreach plan, working with industry stalwarts and stitching together expertise from city and county governments, nonprofits, businesses, and academic institutions alike.

Read more here: https://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/op-ed/article231919693.html

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 the industrial and agricultural backbone of the state, it’s where investors are placing their bets and, in the process, helping build what we can now legitimately brand as the new California….

California’s future is inland. Critical investments in the region’s innovation economy, civic leadership, health, and education, are vital to ensuring prosperity in the region and fulfilling the promise of “California for all.”

Read more here: https://www.pe.com/2019/06/21/californias-inland-region-key-to-statewide-vitality/

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 Sacramento, despite its skyrocketing growth. A new group, Inland California Rising, seeks to focus more attention on the needs of non-coastal areas, and Newsom administration officials spoke of the need to invest in the Inland Empire at the group’s May 10 Riverside conference.

Read more here: https://www.pe.com/2019/05/17/state-bill-to-fund-uc-riverside-medical-school-expansion-is-still-alive/

“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 two Californias (coastal and Inland),” said Lande Ajose, Newsom’s senior policy advisor on higher education.

Newsom’s priority, Ajose added, is to bridge that gap.

Read more here: https://www.pe.com/2019/05/11/were-right-here-inland-california-rising-summit-focuses-on-growth-beyond-the-coast/

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 in Tuesday’s summit with Gov. Newsom’s administration, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and other legislators from Inland California.

“California represents big ideas to the rest of the country, and I think Inland California can do the same for the state,” said Rendon. “Inland leaders coming together can use those ideas so that the region makes the state better, and the state helps the region be better. I look forward to working together.”

“The Governor understands the importance of Inland California and is looking forward to partnering with Inland California Rising to meet immediate and long-term goals for the region,” said Daniel Zingale, director of the Governor’s Office of Strategic Communications and Public Engagement.

The meeting was the coalition’s first in a series of four convenings in 2019, continuing in Riverside, Stockton and Fresno. The 2019 summits will help clarify priorities and identify strategies to address common issues, including higher education, health care, housing and transit, economic development and transportation infrastructure.

“It is more important than ever that Inland California come together to present state leaders with a strong, united voice,” said Central Valley Community Foundation President and CEO Ashley Swearengin. “It is no understatement to say that our region has the power to shape California’s economic future.”Spanning from Sacramento and Stockton through Fresno, Merced, Bakersfield, and the Inland Empire, the region’s 11 million residents account for nearly 30 percent of our state’s population. Investments and policies made in Inland California today will have enormous impacts for the success of the Golden State as a whole.

“The future of California will be determined by what happens in the ‘backbone of California.’ Inland California is a dynamic region, with bold and innovative leadership from the public, business, and nonprofit sectors,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor and director of the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside. “Together we will forge a new path forward.”

The James Irvine Foundation has provided early support to the initiative.

“The Central Valley and Inland Southern California have long been priority regions for our foundation, and we are happy to support innovative leadership and collective efforts that push for even greater impact,” said Don Howard, president and CEO of the James Irvine Foundation.

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Inland California Rising draws on leaders from the philanthropic, business, non-profit, and public sectors who are united in their desire to turbo-charge progress for Inland California, in ways that also benefit the state overall. Initial backers of this effort include the mayors from the major Inland California cities, foundation CEOs from each community, higher education leaders, and a rapidly growing coalition of civic and community leaders. The Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside is providing initial data and staff support for Inland California Rising. Learn more at www.inlandrising.org.

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

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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 California is home not only to an agricultural sector that is the breadbasket of the country, but also to vibrant and fast-growing enterprises in health care, transportation and manufacturing.

Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article226335485.html

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