NEW UOP STUDY POINTS TO EMERGING MEGA REGION
A new report published by Bay Area Council member University of the Pacific points to the continuing emergence of a growing mega region encompassing the Bay Area and neighboring San Joaquin and Sacramento counties. The report by the Center for Business and Policy Research found that San Joaquin and Alameda counties led the state in population growth in 2014 and 2015, and largely as a result, researchers expect the Oakland and Stockton metropolitan areas to lead Northern California job growth in 2016 after five years of San Francisco and San Jose posting the fastest growth.
The Council is keenly aware of the growing economic connections linking these areas and a 2013 study by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute documented the robust ties between the Tri-Valley area and San Joaquin County. The Council already has begun looking ahead to the many implications of this mega region and what it means for our housing, transportation and workforce infrastructure. Read the Economic Institute’s Tri-Valley Rising report>>