FORUM HIGHLIGHTS OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES FOR TRI-VALLEY REGION
The Tri-Valley is fast emerging as a new, white-hot technology and innovation powerhouse for the Bay Area, according to a report by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute that was the focus of a forum this week (Feb.19) co-hosted by the Economic Institute, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group and generously sponsored by Comcast. “Tri-Valley Rising into the 21st Century” convened the area’s top business executives, community leaders and elected officials to explore the Tri-Valley’s vital role in the greater Bay Area economy and identify the transportation improvements that will be needed to sustain its record growth. Economic Institute Vice President Tracey Grose presented findings from the report, followed by a discussion with Supervisor Haggerty and Bay Area Council President & CEO Jim Wunderman on the Tri-Valley’s heavily impacted transportation system and opportunities to improve to the I-580 corridor and extend BART to Livermore. The forum closed with a panel discussion featuring top executives from Tri-Valley businesses and heads of the national laboratories. They said the Tri-Valley’s high quality of life and proximity to Silicon Valley will continue to make it an attractive location for businesses and families, but agreed that housing and transportation are the biggest barriers to the area’s continued success.