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Learn More About Your Regional Economy (Continued)

  What is a regional economy?
  Selected Local and Regional Information on the Labor Market Info site
  A broader look at regional analyses
A broader look at regional analyses

To broaden your review, the following links readers to a selection of local regional analyses conducted by local workforce boards, economic development corporations, universities, and private research companies. (If you have participated in a regional study not listed below, please help us update our list by sending us a link to your study!)

All Regions

California Economic Strategy Panel's regional economic profiles. Reports for California and the nine regions.

The California Center for Regional Leadership, California Regional Progress Report - This 2007 report provides the baseline for how California's regions are doing across a range of integrated quality of life measures within the framework of innovative regional planning led by the State's Metropolitan Planning Agencies (MPOs) and Councils of Government (COGs), supported by CalTRANS California Regional Blueprint Planning Program, a process underway in most of the State's regions.

Northern California and Northern Sacramento Valley

Northeastern California Small Business Development Center (NECSBDC) prepares county profiles for all of the counties in our Northern California and Northern Sacramento Valley regions and a few into the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley areas (these are available for a fee) and special studies (some available free online) on the economy and related issues:

Northern California Regional Competitiveness Network Industry Cluster and Entrepreneur Study Executive Summary

Northern California Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development Project expands on the preceding working paper, adding occupational and business detail. Select "Regional Reports" at:

North Coast Targets of Opportunity are the region's most promising areas for economic and workforce development. They include specific industry sectors drawn from both the region's export-oriented base clusters and support sectors-focusing on the highest growth sectors in terms of jobs, wages, and firms since 1990.

The Redwood Coast's occupations of opportunity build upon the region's initial targets of opportunity report to identify key occupations and potential career pathways within and among the Redwood Coast's targets of opportunity. This report highlights high-demand occupations, cross-industry patterns, replacement jobs, gateway skills required, gateway abilities required, and occupations across wage levels with similar educational requirements (transferability potential).

Greater Sacramento

The Center for Strategic Economic Research, which is associated with SACTO, provides analyses of the greater Sacramento regional economy.

Sacramento Employment and Training Agency Critical Occupational Cluster Report, which includes nine occupational clusters identified as critical by Sacramento Works, Inc. These clusters represent those occupations that are most consistent with our goal of helping job seekers through the one-stop career center system, find long term, career-oriented employment.

Bay Area

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance for Business, a part of Alameda County government, provides economic information on the Bay Area.

Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network prepares various publications including an annual Silicon Valley Index.

Solano County 2009 Index of Economic and Community Progress Solano County has undergone an economic transformation that has produced unprecedented opportunity for its residents. Since the dawn of the decade, incomes of residents have grown much faster than those of the rest of the Bay Area, California and the nation. This has not happened by accident. Solano County has successfully grown high-wage jobs, birthed thousands of new companies, and performed better in specific industries than the rest of the region.

The Sonoma County Innovation Council provides a 2009 Strategic Economic Plan for Sonoma County.

The Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance provides a list of members, regional and multi-national partners, and information on Silicon Valley's six major areas of economic activity.

Central Coast

The California Central Coast Research Partnership (C3RP), hosted by Cal Poly (California PolyTechnic State University, San Luis Obispo), coordinates outreach for research and development collaborations and partners with regional organizations including the Economic Vitality Corporation of San Luis Obispo County, which offers economic and community profiles for that county.

The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, offers information on key issues affecting the local business community. See particularly their Economic Vision.

The UCSB Economic Forecasting Project offers regional and Economic Forecasts for Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties, as well as the Santa Ynez Valley; and selected cities in the region.

San Joaquin Valley

The Great Valley Center commissions reports on the Central Valley.

The Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific produces quarterly economic forecasts of California and 11 Metropolitan areas from Sacramento to Fresno and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley is a public-private partnership sharply focused on improving the region's economic vitality and quality of life for the 3.9 million residents who call the San Joaquin Valley home. The Partnership is addressing the challenges of the region by implementing measurable actions on six major initiatives to help the San Joaquin Valley emerge as California's 21st Century Opportunity.

Southern California

LAEDC (Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation) studies the Southern California regional economy.

Orange County Business Council provides economic analyses and studies on key (related) issues for that county.

UCLA Anderson Forecast provides forecasts for the state and nation and special reports on key issues.

UCLA Anderson Forecast provides forecasts for the state and nation and special reports on key issues.

The Regional Economic Forecast by Office of Economic Research at CSU Long Beach (CSULB) provides forecasts for the county, state, and nation and special reports on key issues.

Southern Border

LAEDC (Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation) studies include the San Diego area, a part of the Southern Border Region.

SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) provides information on the San Diego area economy, industry clusters, and key issues.

San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation provides industry profiles and articles on the area's key industries.

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