PPIC hosted a day-long series of conversations this week about creating a better future for our state and highlighting the choices we need to make today to do so. After a keynote address by Nancy McFadden from the governor’s office, panelists from government, business, and philanthropy discussed California’s challenges and opportunities before a large audience in Sacramento and online. They tackled difficult topics, such as improving economic opportunity and increasing citizen engagement in government. And they discussed ways the state can build on its strengths—an improving economy, a diverse population, and a history of reform and innovation.
We will post videos of all of the sessions soon. In the meantime, we want to share the opening remarks prepared by PPIC researchers. They set the context each session:
- California’s New Leadership, Hans Johnson
- Government 2.0, Patrick Murphy
- Economic Shifts, Sarah Bohn
- Cutting Edges, Ellen Hanak
We hope their insights will pique your interest and inspire you to watch the conference videos when they become available.