The Goal.

If sustainably developed, these resources can provide more economic opportunities and more affordable housing, adaptation and resiliency to the changing climate and global markets, and a higher quality of life and greater well-being for all Californians.

The Problem.

Despite critical natural resources and commodities flowing from the farms, ranches, forests and streams of these beautiful and productive areas, rural CA’s assets and contributions are not always fully appreciated because of geographic distances and small populations.

FEATURED STORIES

October 21, 2019 by Deb Kollars

California’s Wildfire Crisis: New Call to Action Report Urges Swift, Massive Response

The toll on both rural and urban communities has been enormous and will only grow without a new comprehensive approach Read More »

Elevate Rural CA
June 12, 2019 by Deb Kollars

Rim Fire tour provides striking view of California’s wildfire challenges

Coming face to face with fire devastation and current conditions of the state's forest were a stark reminder of the need for collaboration Read More »

Elevate Rural CA
November 14, 2018 by Garth Stapley

Keeping the CA Dream alive and thriving in the Central Valley

How can the Valley lure more business and turn around some of the problems of rural California? Read More »

REPORTING

Solid research on rural challenges paved way forward for Elevate Rural CA initiative
October 17, 2018 by Deborah Kollars

Solid research on rural challenges paved way forward for Elevate Rural CA initiative

Promising economic solutions to rural impediments are ready for a renewed push Read More »

Upgrading aging, inadequate water systems of rural California will elevate entire state
October 09, 2018 by Deborah Kollars

Upgrading aging, inadequate water systems of rural California will elevate entire state

Smaller, dispersed communities struggle to meet current and future water needs Read More »

How innovative wood products could help cut California wildfires, advance forest resiliency and economic prosperity
October 08, 2018 by Deborah Kollars

How innovative wood products could help cut California wildfires, advance forest resiliency and economic prosperity

Restoration of state's forested lands will play a critical role in its overall environmental, social and economic well-being Read More »

Connections and advantages of the digital world elude rural California
October 04, 2018 by Deborah Kollars

Connections and advantages of the digital world elude rural California

Less than half of rural households have adequate broadband access Read More »

How to spur prosperity in overlooked rural California and benefit the entire state
October 01, 2018

How to spur prosperity in overlooked rural California and benefit the entire state

Three ways the CA Economic Summit aims to improve the economic portrait of rural parts of the state Read More »

VIDEO: How a vibrant rural California helps entire economy
November 16, 2017

VIDEO: How a vibrant rural California helps entire economy

Summit leaders on how stronger urban-rural links and better broadband can benefit all regions Read More »

California tree die-off could help bring new life to rural economies
November 07, 2017

California tree die-off could help bring new life to rural economies

How next-generation biomass industry could help with sustainability and economic development Read More »

Elevate CA: Don’t leave rural California behind
August 21, 2017 by Bob Williams

Elevate CA: Don’t leave rural California behind

Businesses outside urban cores face distinct challenges including the digital divide Read More »

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Resources

Reports, videos & relevant links

California's Wildfire Crisis: A Call to Action

To achieve the “moonshot” needed to address California’s wildfire crisis, the California Economic Summit has identified the case for action, challenges, and action principles essential to understanding and building a comprehensive triple-bottom line response.


Elevate Rural CA Summary Notes from the 2018 Summit


Elevate Rural CA: Portrait of Rural CA


Elevate Rural CA: Broadband Access


Elevate Rural CA: Water Infrastructure


Elevate Rural CA: Forest Resiliency


Elevate Rural CA: Previous Efforts