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Prop. 15 Will Add to California’s Economic Hardship image

Prop. 15 Will Add to California’s Economic Hardship

Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman co-authored the following OpEd with Greater Sacramento Economic Council CEO Barry B...
How We’re Preparing for More Wildfires and the Big One image

How We’re Preparing for More Wildfires and the Big One

California’s hotter and drier climate, paired with a century of fire mismanagement, has created an explosive combination...
Court Ruling Highlights Urgency of Passing Prop 22 image

Court Ruling Highlights Urgency of Passing Prop 22

A state appeals court ruling Thursday (Oct. 22) threatened the existence of app-based ride-hailing companies in California...
11th Economic Profile Highlights Sluggish Recovery image

11th Economic Profile Highlights Sluggish Recovery

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The Bay Area Council Economic Institute on Thursday (Oct. 22) released its 11th Bay Area Economic Profile, mark...
Bay Area Council Sues Trump Administration to Block New H1-B Visa Restrictions image

Bay Area Council Sues Trump Administration to Block New H1-B Visa Restrictions

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The Bay Area Council this week (Oct. 20) filed suit to block the Trump Administration from implementing harmful new restri...
Council Unveils Second Ad in Tax Impact Campaign image

Council Unveils Second Ad in Tax Impact Campaign

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The Bay Area Council this week began airing the second in a series of ads highlighting how a raft of proposed general tax ...
Housing Committee Welcomes Sen. Wiener, Talks 2021 Legislative Strategy image

Housing Committee Welcomes Sen. Wiener, Talks 2021 Legislative Strategy

This week, the Bay Area Council’s Housing Committee met to shape our legislative strategy for 2021. The meeting was kick...
Regional Housing Allocations Adopted image

Regional Housing Allocations Adopted

The Association of ...
Member Spotlight: Blue Shield image

Member Spotlight: Blue Shield

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Blue Shield of California, a taxpaying, nonprofit health plan, is proud to model diversity and gender equity starting at t...
Bay Area Council Sues Trump Administration to Block New H1-B Visa Restrictions image

Bay Area Council Sues Trump Administration to Block New H1-B Visa Restrictions

The Bay Area Council today filed suit to block the Trump Administration from implementing harmful new restrictions that ef...
2020 Bay Area Council Voter Guide image

2020 Bay Area Council Voter Guide

As the Bay Area struggles to emerge from one of the worst economic downturns in generations, a raft of general tax measure...
Council Continues Advocacy Against Work from Home Mandate image

Council Continues Advocacy Against Work from Home Mandate

Today (Oct. 9) the Bay Area Council continued to speak out against a misguided proposal that would require 60% of office w...
How Will COVID-19 Affect Bay Area Venture Capital Investment? image

How Will COVID-19 Affect Bay Area Venture Capital Investment?

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The Bay Area is renowned globally for its strong presence of technology giants, successful startups, and unmatched ability...
How to Reach 855 Million Chinese Consumers from Your California Home? image

How to Reach 855 Million Chinese Consumers from Your California Home?

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The Covid-19 crisis has sent businesses around the world scrambling to find new ways to reach their customers. T...
Member Spotlight: United image

Member Spotlight: United

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How can I bring my employees back safely?  That’s the question on the minds of America’s CEOs with ...
Council Mourns Passing of Dr. Alma Salazar image

Council Mourns Passing of Dr. Alma Salazar

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The Bay Area Council extends its condolences to our advocacy partners UniteLA over the passing of Dr. Alma Salazar. Alma w...
How Will the Bay Area Economy Recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic? image

How Will the Bay Area Economy Recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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Find out on October 22nd by joining us for our Biennial Economic Profile Virtual Launch Event presented by Fifth Third Ban...
Opportunity for All Summit Highlights Affirmative Action, White Allies, and more! image

Opportunity for All Summit Highlights Affirmative Action, White Allies, and more!

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Affirmative action has had a controversial history in California. Despite various attempts to overturn the ban enacted by ...
Council Members Share Deep Concerns Over Work from Home Mandate image

Council Members Share Deep Concerns Over Work from Home Mandate

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Bay Area Council members shared their specific concerns regarding the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s proposed ...
25th Anniversary Bay Area Business Hall of Fame image

25th Anniversary Bay Area Business Hall of Fame

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It’s virtually the best event you will attend this year. The Bay Area Council is gearing up for our 25th Anni...
Council Fights Cockamamie Work from Home Mandate image

Council Fights Cockamamie Work from Home Mandate

Think you’re tired now of Zoom meetings? Just wait until you get a load of a daft new scheme from the Metropolitan Trans...
Act Now: Support UCSF’s Bold Plan for SF Parnassus Campus image

Act Now: Support UCSF’s Bold Plan for SF Parnassus Campus

The Bay Area Council proudly endorses plans by member organization University of California, San Franc...
CRC Spotlight: Resilient Groundwater in California’s Agricultural Heartland image

CRC Spotlight: Resilient Groundwater in California’s Agricultural Heartland

This is the last in a series of profiles of the 12 winners of the 
Statement on Gov. Newsom’s order banning gas-powered vehicles image

Statement on Gov. Newsom’s order banning gas-powered vehicles

The Bay Area Council, which was the first business organization to endorse California's historic AB 32 Global Solutions Ac...
Remembering Affordable Housing Champion John Stewart image

Remembering Affordable Housing Champion John Stewart

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The Bay Area Council lost a good friend and California lost a great champion for low-income housing with the passing of Jo...
Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund Announces First Investments image

Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund Announces First Investments

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The American Heart Association this week announced the first 10 organizations that will receive investments from the
California Laggin’ – State’s Economic Recovery Stalls image

California Laggin’ – State’s Economic Recovery Stalls

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New data released this morning (Sept. 18) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows California’s unemployment rate in Au...
Council Hails Signing of Paid Family Leave Legislation image

Council Hails Signing of Paid Family Leave Legislation

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Governor Newsom on Thursday (Sept. 17) signed legislation the Bay Area Council helped create and bring to the finish line ...
Council’s Advocacy Helps Secure $1.2 Billion for BART image

Council’s Advocacy Helps Secure $1.2 Billion for BART

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Gridlock may rule the day in Washington, D.C., but that didn’t stop the Bay Area Council from helping unlock $1.2 billio...
CRC Spotlight Series: Gateway Cities Council of Governments image

CRC Spotlight Series: Gateway Cities Council of Governments

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This is one in a series of profiles of the 12 winners of the 
Scary Skies Call for Urgent Climate Resilience Action image

Scary Skies Call for Urgent Climate Resilience Action

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The skies over the Bay Area and much of the West Coast took on an apocalyptic hue this week as record wildfires poured thi...
Save The Date: Opportunity for All Summit: Affirmative Action in California image

Save The Date: Opportunity for All Summit: Affirmative Action in California

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On Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12noon, the Bay Area Council will be hosting the Opportunity for All Summit presented by Kaiser ...
Council Urges Governor’s Signature on Key Bills, Including Hard-Fought Reform for Nurse Practitioners image

Council Urges Governor’s Signature on Key Bills, Including Hard-Fought Reform for Nurse Practitioners

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After eight long years of focused advocacy, the Bay Area Council joined with other supporters in applauding the hard-fough...
Member Spotlight: Waymo image

Member Spotlight: Waymo

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Waymo is a technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. ...
RSVP: San Francisco Crisis Point or Turning Point? image

RSVP: San Francisco Crisis Point or Turning Point?

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The Bay Area Council is pleased to partner on the San Francisco Business Times’ annual signature event San Fran...
CRC Spotlight Series: Strengthening Western Riverside County Energy Resilience image

CRC Spotlight Series: Strengthening Western Riverside County Energy Resilience

This is one in a series of profiles of the 12 winners of the 
Council Welcomes New Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Chairs image

Council Welcomes New Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Chairs

The Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee this week (Sept. 9) announced the appointment to new co-chairs, including J...
CRC Spotlight Series: Greening the City of Watsonville image

CRC Spotlight Series: Greening the City of Watsonville

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This is one in a series of profiles of the 12 winners of the California R...
New Resilience Challenge Video Highlights Launch of Round 2 image

New Resilience Challenge Video Highlights Launch of Round 2

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Following up the wild success of our 2020 California Resilience Challenge, the Bay Area Council Foundation has completed p...
Legislature Heads Home after Failing to Advance Significant Housing Reform image

Legislature Heads Home after Failing to Advance Significant Housing Reform

Claims that this would be the year of housing quickly fizzled when the Legislature’s lack of action left many important ...
Fighting Back Against Ill-Timed Taxes image

Fighting Back Against Ill-Timed Taxes

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As if we needed another reminder of California’s battered and fragile economy, a prominent social media company made sur...
Council Urges Supporters to Send Governor Newsom Letters Backing Housing Bills image

Council Urges Supporters to Send Governor Newsom Letters Backing Housing Bills

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Two bills the Bay Area Council sponsored to address California's housing crisis are awaiting Governor Newsom's signature. ...
Housing Reforms Help Break Resistance to East Bay Project image

Housing Reforms Help Break Resistance to East Bay Project

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When people want to know why housing is so scarce and so expensive in California they should look no further than the Terr...
“Hire Together” Virtual Career Fair Reaches 500 Students, Job Seekers image

“Hire Together” Virtual Career Fair Reaches 500 Students, Job Seekers

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Almost 500 students and other job seekers participated in a first-of-its-kind virtual career fair this week (Aug. 25) that...
Northern California Megaregion Taking Shape image

Northern California Megaregion Taking Shape

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Following the landmark report&...
Council Endorses 540 Housing Units in Redwood City image

Council Endorses 540 Housing Units in Redwood City

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This week the Bay Area Council’s Housing Endorsement Subcommittee was thrilled to endorse the Greystar South Main Mixed-...
Council Mourns Passing of James Fang image

Council Mourns Passing of James Fang

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The Bay Area Council is mourning the untimely passing of San Francisco leader James Fang from natural causes at the age of...
Still Battling to Realize Promise of the 19th Amendment image

Still Battling to Realize Promise of the 19th Amendment

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This week (Aug. 26) we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th am...
Big Apple Shares Lessons on Right to Shelter and COVID Response for Homelessness image

Big Apple Shares Lessons on Right to Shelter and COVID Response for Homelessness

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Shortly after the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) moved quickly t...
Supporting Wildfire Relief and Response image

Supporting Wildfire Relief and Response

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Wildfires are once again wreaking havoc on Northern California, displacing thousands of residents and causing untold damag...
Council Delivers 57,000 COVID Masks to South Bay Homeless Services Provider image

Council Delivers 57,000 COVID Masks to South Bay Homeless Services Provider

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After several months of delays due to backlogs in international shipping, the Bay Area Council China Initiative team this ...
CRC Spotlight Series: Fighting Fire with Incentive in San Diego image

CRC Spotlight Series: Fighting Fire with Incentive in San Diego

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This is one in a series of profiles of the 12 winners of the 
Council Joins Members in Making Clean Air Day Pledge image

Council Joins Members in Making Clean Air Day Pledge

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The Bay area Council is proud to announce its participation in the California ...
Big Federal Energy Grant Highlights Region’s Science Power image

Big Federal Energy Grant Highlights Region’s Science Power

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The Bay Area’s vaunted innovation engine got a big boost recently when the Department of Energy (DOE) announced $115 mil...
Council Opposes Shutdown of Scooters, eBikes and other Micromobility Vehicles image

Council Opposes Shutdown of Scooters, eBikes and other Micromobility Vehicles

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On Aug. 25, the Bay Area Council, SPUR, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group issued a joint letter in opposition to AB...
Council Takes Positions Against Exclusionary Zoning image

Council Takes Positions Against Exclusionary Zoning

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With mounting tensions in Sacramento as Capitol politics continue to block important statewide housing production bills fr...
New Report: Apprenticeships in the Tech Sector, Updating a Traditional Model for the 21st Century image

New Report: Apprenticeships in the Tech Sector, Updating a Traditional Model for the 21st Century

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With the Bay Area economy moving into recovery mode, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute is focused on analyzing the s...
Council Joins Bay Area Professional Sports Teams in Supporting Prop 16 image

Council Joins Bay Area Professional Sports Teams in Supporting Prop 16

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Presidents, CEOs and Chairs of seven professional sports teams based in the Bay Area united this week in support of Propos...
ICYMI: Impact of Pandemic on State Housing Crisis and Residential Markets image

ICYMI: Impact of Pandemic on State Housing Crisis and Residential Markets

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California's new Housing and Community Development Director Gustavo Velasquez and Zillow Sr. Economist
Council Partners with Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Bay Area Community College Consortium on First-of-its-Kind Virtual Career Fair image

Council Partners with Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Bay Area Community College Consortium on First-of-its-Kind Virtual Career Fair

The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future program has partnered with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Bay A...
California Resilience Spotlight Series: Extreme Flooding in the San Joaquin River Basin image

California Resilience Spotlight Series: Extreme Flooding in the San Joaquin River Basin

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This is one in a series of profiles of the 12 winners of the California R...
Council Secures Critical PPE Face Masks for Communities in Need image

Council Secures Critical PPE Face Masks for Communities in Need

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As reopening schools and businesses join hospitals and government agencies in efforts to procure masks and PPE, shortages ...
New Franklin Templeton-Gallup Survey Gives Key Insights for Restaurant Industry on Road to Recovery image

New Franklin Templeton-Gallup Survey Gives Key Insights for Restaurant Industry on Road to Recovery

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A new survey released this week by member company Franklin Templeton in partnership with Gallup reveals importan...
Bay Area Council Responds to Near Suspension of Lyft, Uber in California image

Bay Area Council Responds to Near Suspension of Lyft, Uber in California

San Francisco — The Bay Area Council issued the statement below today (Aug. 20) following the potential suspension of Ly...
Hitting the (Virtual) Road to Secure More Housing image

Hitting the (Virtual) Road to Secure More Housing

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With more than 2,200 new housing units at stake, the Bay Area Council this week hit the virtual road to testify in support...
SF Bay Ferry Celebrates Opening of Expanded SF Terminal image

SF Bay Ferry Celebrates Opening of Expanded SF Terminal

This week the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), joined by Mayor London Breed, state ...
Wunderman Named (Again) to Top 100 CA Movers and Shakers image

Wunderman Named (Again) to Top 100 CA Movers and Shakers

For the sixth consecutive year, Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman has been named to the prestigious Capitol Weekly Top 10...
Health Equity Taking Center Stage image

Health Equity Taking Center Stage

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Among other things, COVID-19 has highlighted serious inequities in our healthcare system. The pandemic has had a dispropor...
California Resilience Spotlight Series: Repairing the Gold Rush’s Tarnished Legacy image

California Resilience Spotlight Series: Repairing the Gold Rush’s Tarnished Legacy

This is one in a series of profiles of the 12 winners of the California R...
Science, Innovation Consortium Helps Secure $185 Million for Energy Research image

Science, Innovation Consortium Helps Secure $185 Million for Energy Research

A consortium of the Bay Area’s leading science and technology institutions led by the Bay Area Council and our Economic ...
Member Spotlight: Oakland Zoo Reopens, Needs Your Support image

Member Spotlight: Oakland Zoo Reopens, Needs Your Support

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Outfitted with robust health and safety protocols, the Oakland Zoo has reopened its doors to provide stir-crazy Bay Area r...
Council-Backed Housing Reforms Hitting Home image

Council-Backed Housing Reforms Hitting Home

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A raft of housing reforms that the Bay Area Council has played a leading role in getting through the legislature in recent...
Council Hitting Back Against Dangerous New Taxes image

Council Hitting Back Against Dangerous New Taxes

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Dangerous new legislation, AB1253, surfaced last week in Sacramento proposing a massive new personal income tax increase t...
Caltrain Funding Measure Gets OK for November Ballot image

Caltrain Funding Measure Gets OK for November Ballot

The Bay Area Council applauds an agreement hammered out this week by leaders in Santa Clara, San Francisco, and San Mateo ...
Expanding Apprenticeships Can Fuel Equitable Economic Recovery image

Expanding Apprenticeships Can Fuel Equitable Economic Recovery

In the past five months, we have faced a pandemic, record unemployment, and nationwide protests over the killing of George...
Council’s Sustainable Transportation Bill (SB 288) Advances image

Council’s Sustainable Transportation Bill (SB 288) Advances

Legislation the Bay Area Council is co-sponsoring to fast track sustainable transportation projects this week cleared a ke...
Cutting Red Tape to Advance Green Projects image

Cutting Red Tape to Advance Green Projects

In 2016, behind the leadership of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Bay Area voters overwhelmingly approved regional Measure AA to ra...
California Resilience Challenge Spotlight Series: Resilient Communities at Clear Lake image

California Resilience Challenge Spotlight Series: Resilient Communities at Clear Lake

This is one in a series of profiles of the 12 winners of the California Resilience Challenge, a first-of-its-kind stat...
Member Spotlight: Blue Shield of California’s BlueSky Mental Health Initiative A Big Success image

Member Spotlight: Blue Shield of California’s BlueSky Mental Health Initiative A Big Success

Council Supports Legislation to Accelerate Housing for the Homeless image

Council Supports Legislation to Accelerate Housing for the Homeless

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The Bay Area Council is proud to support four bills to help accelerate and streamline the production of affordable housing...
Council Backs More Workforce Funding in Next Federal Stimulus Bill image

Council Backs More Workforce Funding in Next Federal Stimulus Bill

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The Bay Area Council has joined with members Autodesk and Workday to advocate for including additional workforce funding i...
California Resilience Challenge Spotlight: Keeping the Groundwater at Bay image

California Resilience Challenge Spotlight: Keeping the Groundwater at Bay

This is one in a series of profiles of the 12 winners of the California Resilience Challenge, a first-of-its-kind stat...
California High Speed Rail Shares Progress and Updates image

California High Speed Rail Shares Progress and Updates

The Bay Area Council Transportation Committee this week (July 28) welcomed California High Speed Rail Authority CEO Brian ...
Regional Ferry Service Awarded $4.45 Million Federal DOT Grant image

Regional Ferry Service Awarded $4.45 Million Federal DOT Grant

In great news for Bay Area water transit, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) was awarded a $4.45 million ...
Support Flowing for Casita Coalition image

Support Flowing for Casita Coalition

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Within a few months of its incorporation into its own nonprofit, the Casita Coa...
California Resilience Challenge Spotlight: Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center image

California Resilience Challenge Spotlight: Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center

This is one in a series of profiles of the 12 winners of the California R...
Silicon Valley Leadership Group Welcomes New CEO image

Silicon Valley Leadership Group Welcomes New CEO

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The Bay Area Council extends its hearty congratulations to new Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Ahmad Thomas, and exten...
ICYMI: What to Expect in the Next Round of Federal COVID Relief image

ICYMI: What to Expect in the Next Round of Federal COVID Relief

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As Congress returned from recess this week, all eyes have been on Washington to see what the next roll out of federal st...
Member Spotlight: Google Strengthens Anti-Discrimination Policies for Advertising image

Member Spotlight: Google Strengthens Anti-Discrimination Policies for Advertising

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To further improve access to housing, employment, and credit opportunities, Google is introducing a new personalized adver...
Jobs Return, But Remain at Risk as COVID Surges image

Jobs Return, But Remain at Risk as COVID Surges

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Following unprecedented job losses as a result of shelter in place orders, over a quarter of jobs had returned to the regi...
WETA Welcomes Two New Board Members; Adopts Means-Based Fares image

WETA Welcomes Two New Board Members; Adopts Means-Based Fares

The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) chaired by Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman has welcomed two new mem...
California Resilience Challenge Spotlight: Transforming Schools Into Resilience Centers image

California Resilience Challenge Spotlight: Transforming Schools Into Resilience Centers

This is one in a series of profiles of the 12 winners of the
ICYMI: How COVID is Impacting Commercial Real Estate image

ICYMI: How COVID is Impacting Commercial Real Estate

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The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the commercial real estate world upside down as the economic shutdown closes offices and ...
Council Elevates Racial Equity, Justice in Policy Work image

Council Elevates Racial Equity, Justice in Policy Work

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The world has changed. We adjusted. This week, the Bay Area Council Executive Committee under the leadership of ...
Former Council Chair Lenny Mendonca Calls for Greater Focus on Mental Health Issues image

Former Council Chair Lenny Mendonca Calls for Greater Focus on Mental Health Issues

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Former Bay Area Council Chair Lenny Mendonca recently revealed his battle with depression and anxiety in a powerful and po...
California Resilience Challenge Spotlight: High Tech Forest Resilience image

California Resilience Challenge Spotlight: High Tech Forest Resilience

This is one in a series of profiles of the 12 winners of the California R...
John A. Sobrato Makes $5.2 Million Grant to Seed New Immigrant Relief Fund image

John A. Sobrato Makes $5.2 Million Grant to Seed New Immigrant Relief Fund

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John A. Sobrato announced a $5.2 million grant to seed a new Immigrant Relief Fund for San Mateo County. The fund will lau...
Commentary: Ensuring a “Phase One” U.S.-China Trade Deal Works is Crucial image

Commentary: Ensuring a “Phase One” U.S.-China Trade Deal Works is Crucial

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With US-China relations at a low point and large-scale decoupling of the two economies a destabilizing possibility, Bay Ar...
Startups Pitch Globally as Nanjing Tech Week Goes Virtual image

Startups Pitch Globally as Nanjing Tech Week Goes Virtual

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With travel still restricted across the globe, entrepreneurs and investors are searching for new ways to connect for cross...
Council’s Leadership Helping Expand Paid Family Leave image

Council’s Leadership Helping Expand Paid Family Leave

Legislation (SB 1383, Jackson) the Bay Area Council was instrumental in drafting to expand paid family leave (PFL) to more...
Council-Backed Housing Project Gets OK in Mtn. View image

Council-Backed Housing Project Gets OK in Mtn. View

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A little-used parking lot will be repurposed to build 303 new homes as part of a mixed-use project the Bay Area Council en...
First-Of-Its-Kind Regional Housing Authority Takes Flight image

First-Of-Its-Kind Regional Housing Authority Takes Flight

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A new regional housing financing authority—the first of its kind in California—that the Bay Area Council helped create...
Bay Area Council Hails Court Ruling in Favor of Regional Measure 3 image

Bay Area Council Hails Court Ruling in Favor of Regional Measure 3

The Bay Area Council today hailed a state Court of Appeal ruling rejecting a legal challenge to Regional Measure 3 (RM3), ...
Top Leaders Join Bay Area Council Webinar on Racial Inequity in the Time of COVID image

Top Leaders Join Bay Area Council Webinar on Racial Inequity in the Time of COVID

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The COVID pandemic is taking a disproportionate toll on communities of color, highlighting long-standing racial and econom...
California Resilience Challenge Winners Announced image

California Resilience Challenge Winners Announced

The California Resilience Challenge, an unprecedented statewide initiative of the Bay Area Council Foundation, unveiled th...
Statement: Improve and Expand ACA, Don’t Eliminate It image

Statement: Improve and Expand ACA, Don’t Eliminate It

The Bay Area Council released a statement today (June 26) in response to a legal brief the Trump Administration filed Thur...
Council Works to Accelerate Transportation Project Delivery image

Council Works to Accelerate Transportation Project Delivery

Legislation (SB 288, Wiener) the Bay Area Council is working to pass would speed up a wide range of bicycle, complete stre...
Analysis: BART Ridership and Racial Disparities image

Analysis: BART Ridership and Racial Disparities

BART ridership under COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders has fallen less significantly at stations located in neighborhoods w...
Member Spotlight: AT&T California Contributes $3.5 Million for COVID Relief image

Member Spotlight: AT&T California Contributes $3.5 Million for COVID Relief

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AT&T California is making $3.5 million in contributions to California community-based organizations who are providing ...
Member Spotlight: Union Bank Pledges $10 Million for Social and Racial Justice image

Member Spotlight: Union Bank Pledges $10 Million for Social and Racial Justice

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On June 18, Union Bank committed $10 million to launch a Community Recovery Progr...
Member Spotlight: Biocom Study Examines Life Sciences image

Member Spotlight: Biocom Study Examines Life Sciences

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Biocom recently released its 2020 Economic Impact Report featuring the most recent data about California’s life science ...
Bay Area Council Statement on President Trump’s Plan to Extend Restrictions on Foreign Workers image

Bay Area Council Statement on President Trump’s Plan to Extend Restrictions on Foreign Workers

Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman today (June 22) issued the following statement on President Trump’s plan to sign an e...
A Note from CEO Jim Wunderman on Juneteenth image

A Note from CEO Jim Wunderman on Juneteenth

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On this day 155 years ago, news of emancipation and the Civil War’s end finally reached the last group of enslaved Afric...
Member Spotlight: Bristol Meyers Squibb image

Member Spotlight: Bristol Meyers Squibb

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Access to food during the COVID-19 pandemic is a concern, especially for immunocompromised patients unable to leave their ...
State Gives Bay Area Much Bigger Mandatory Housing Targets, Spurring Call to Action image

State Gives Bay Area Much Bigger Mandatory Housing Targets, Spurring Call to Action

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It was described as a coming housing wakeup call for local officials. The Bay Area Council sponsored SB 828 (Wiener) in 20...
Council Advocates for Carpooling Campaign as Region Begins to Reopen image

Council Advocates for Carpooling Campaign as Region Begins to Reopen

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Anticipating that single occupancy vehicle use will be on the rise as people begin to return to their workplaces, the Bay ...
ICYMI: Council and Pearson Team Up for Webinar Examining the Power of Hidden Bias image

ICYMI: Council and Pearson Team Up for Webinar Examining the Power of Hidden Bias

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Unconscious biases are underlying qualities, attitudes, and stereotypes attributed to certain groups based on prevailing v...
Bernard J. Tyson’s Legacy Lives image

Bernard J. Tyson’s Legacy Lives

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The legacy of the late Bernard J. Tyson, former Kaiser Permanente Chairman & CEO and Bay Area Council Chair, can be de...
California Resilience Challenge Announces Winners of 2020 Climate Resilience Grants image

California Resilience Challenge Announces Winners of 2020 Climate Resilience Grants

Today the California Resilience Challenge, an initiative of the Bay Area Council Foundation, announced the 12 winners of i...
New Report to Governor’s Paid Family Leave Task Force Highlights Key Effects of Program to Date image

New Report to Governor’s Paid Family Leave Task Force Highlights Key Effects of Program to Date

California’s landmark Paid Family Leave (PFL) program has enabled more mothers to enter the workforce while helping brin...
Bay Area Traffic is Up to 52% of Normal, According to Our New Tracker image

Bay Area Traffic is Up to 52% of Normal, According to Our New Tracker

Once the source of epic traffic jams, new data-visualization shows travel between Silicon Valley and San Francisco is lagg...
Listening, Taking Action on Racial Justice, Equity image

Listening, Taking Action on Racial Justice, Equity

The horrific killing of George Floyd ignited nationwide protests to end police brutality against Black Americans, but it h...
Replay: Virtual Pacific Summit Videos Now Available image

Replay: Virtual Pacific Summit Videos Now Available

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What?! You missed the Bay Area Council’s first-ever Pacific Summit presented by TMG Partners? Then you’re in luck. Vid...
Council Initiative to Unveil Winners of $2 Million Climate Challenge image

Council Initiative to Unveil Winners of $2 Million Climate Challenge

Following an avalanche of proposals from across the state, the Bay Area Council is set to announce the much-anticipated wi...
Upcoming Webinar: The Power of Hidden Biases and the Impact on the Workforce image

Upcoming Webinar: The Power of Hidden Biases and the Impact on the Workforce

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In the past few months we have seen systematic racism and its effects play out in real time. Whether it’s the unjust tre...
Safely Reopening Regional Ferry Service as Commute Grows image

Safely Reopening Regional Ferry Service as Commute Grows

The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) is resuming and enhancing ferry service in various cities after months...
ICYMI: Getting California Back to Work image

ICYMI: Getting California Back to Work

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As part of its continuing series of webinars examining different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bay Area Council th...
Member Spotlight: Year Up Launches Initiative to Connect Diverse Talent to Contact-Tracing Jobs image

Member Spotlight: Year Up Launches Initiative to Connect Diverse Talent to Contact-Tracing Jobs

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Year Up is launching a new initiative to ensure contact tracing jobs are going to those in our community who are most impa...
Lessons from China on Reopening Restaurants image

Lessons from China on Reopening Restaurants

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Two weeks ago, the Mayor London Breed issued a plan for reopening San Francisco. On Wednesday, the Mayor made a surprise a...
Partner Spotlight: Visit California image

Partner Spotlight: Visit California

During these unprecedented times, Visit California is working on initiatives to inspire community support and begin safe a...
Racial Justice, COVID-19 Focus of 2020 Pacific Summit image

Racial Justice, COVID-19 Focus of 2020 Pacific Summit

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A powerful lineup of business and elected leaders and national political commentators joined the Bay Area Council’s firs...
Interest Growing in Economic Recovery Bond image

Interest Growing in Economic Recovery Bond

California cities, counties and school districts could avoid drastic cuts to vital public services under a proposal by Bay...
Statement on Protests in Wake of George Floyd’s Death image

Statement on Protests in Wake of George Floyd’s Death

The Bay Area Council today issued the following statement on the protests taking place in response to the death last week ...
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Council Co-Sponsoring New Housing Production Legislation

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The Bay Area Council is proud to partner with California Forward in sponsoring SB 1385, which authorizes residential deve...
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Fiscal Crisis Growing for Cities, Counties

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State and local governments are facing a growing fiscal crisis as the COVID-19 shutdown (see below) starts to hit budgets....
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Urgency to Reopen as Job Losses Hit Historic Levels

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The COVID-19 shutdown cost Bay Area economy over half a million jobs in April – more than an eighth of all jobs in the r...
COVID-19: The Outlook for Hospitals image

COVID-19: The Outlook for Hospitals

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Hospitals have been on the front lines of California’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but disruption to their normal...
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Juan Sánchez Muñoz Named UC Merced’s Fourth Chancellor

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The University of California Board of Regents this week approved Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz’s appointment as UC Merced’s...
Partner Spotlight: MEBO Group image

Partner Spotlight: MEBO Group

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Expanding California’s COVID-19 testing capacity is critical to stemming the spread of the deadly virus and reopening th...
Partner Spotlight: Hytch image

Partner Spotlight: Hytch

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Helping people emerge from the shelter-in-place response to the Covid19 pandemic will require data-informed strategies and...
Council Endorses Projects Proposing 1,700 New Homes image

Council Endorses Projects Proposing 1,700 New Homes

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Three development projects that include a combined almost 1,700 units of housing this week earned the endorsement of the B...
New CEO Survey Finds Dramatic Workplace Changes in Response to COVID-19 image

New CEO Survey Finds Dramatic Workplace Changes in Response to COVID-19

The Bay Area can expect a dramatic shift in where employees work as shelter-in-place orders slowly lift and the economy re...
Bay Area Council Statement on Agreement Between Tesla and Alameda County image

Bay Area Council Statement on Agreement Between Tesla and Alameda County

San Francisco—The Bay Area Council today issued the following statement on the agreement between Tesla ...
Climate Resilience Bond Could Create Between 75,000-119,000 Jobs Says New Bay Area Council Economic Institute Report image

Climate Resilience Bond Could Create Between 75,000-119,000 Jobs Says New Bay Area Council Economic Institute Report

A bond measure to protect California communities from wildfires, droughts, floods, and extreme heat events could create be...
Big Win for Major Cupertino Housing Project image

Big Win for Major Cupertino Housing Project

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A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge last week delivered a major victory for Bay Area Council member Sand Hill Proper...
Bay Area Council Statement on Threat by Tesla CEO Elon Musk to Relocate Company over COVID-19 Restrictions image

Bay Area Council Statement on Threat by Tesla CEO Elon Musk to Relocate Company over COVID-19 Restrictions

The Bay Area Council today (May 9) issued the following statement in response to tweets by Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatening...
Bay Area Council Statement on Lawsuit Against Uber and Lyft image

Bay Area Council Statement on Lawsuit Against Uber and Lyft

The Bay Area Council today (May 5) issued the following statement on a lawsuit filed against Uber and Lyft:
Council’s Advocacy Helps Reopen Vital Construction Work image

Council’s Advocacy Helps Reopen Vital Construction Work

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Following weeks of steady advocacy to exempt vital construction projects from shelter-in-place (SIP) orders, the Bay Ar...
Racing to Shelter the Homeless in the Time of COVID image

Racing to Shelter the Homeless in the Time of COVID

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Providing hotels and other innovative housing solutions for California’s homeless population is key to stopping the spre...
Member Spotlight: pymetrics Revolutionzing Talent Acquisition image

Member Spotlight: pymetrics Revolutionzing Talent Acquisition

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As employers across the country, and especially in the Bay Area, are confronted with endless changes brought about by COVI...
Bay Area Council Survey Finds Growing Pressure to Reopen Economy image

Bay Area Council Survey Finds Growing Pressure to Reopen Economy

Strong support for shelter-in-place restrictions, but economic toll mounting as growing number of business ...
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Council Mourns Passing of Linda Bidrossian

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On Saturday, April 18, the Bay Area Council received the crushing blow when our beloved Linda Bidrossian - the Senior Vice...
Council Helps Secure Large Shipment of Masks for Port of Oakland image

Council Helps Secure Large Shipment of Masks for Port of Oakland

A large shipment of surgical masks the Bay Area Council sourced from a manufacturer in China and helped clear customs and ...
Announcing Virtual 2020 Pacific Summit on June 5 image

Announcing Virtual 2020 Pacific Summit on June 5

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We’re extremely excited to announce that the 2020 Pacific Summit is going virtual, with an incredible line up of speaker...
Bay Area Awarded $160 Million for Key Transportation Projects image

Bay Area Awarded $160 Million for Key Transportation Projects

The California State Transportation Agency this week 
Member Spotlight: Alaska Airlines Foundation Supports Vulnerable Nonprofits image

Member Spotlight: Alaska Airlines Foundation Supports Vulnerable Nonprofits

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The Alaska Airlines Foundation is awarding $315,000 to 23 nonprofits in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington....
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ICYMI: Is China Getting Back to Business?

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As part of the Bay Area Council’s continuing series of webinars on various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we talked r...
Council Engaging National Effort to Save Thousands of Nonprofits Excluded from CARES Act image

Council Engaging National Effort to Save Thousands of Nonprofits Excluded from CARES Act

Thousands of civic and community benefit organizations across the country employing almost 1.4 million people were wrongly...
Council Delivers Thousands of Masks to Needy Organizations image

Council Delivers Thousands of Masks to Needy Organizations

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With surgical masks in desperately short supply, the Bay Area Council this week delivered thousands of masks to the agency...
Speeding Up Key Hwy 101 Infrastructure Project image

Speeding Up Key Hwy 101 Infrastructure Project

Work on a project to replace a critical segment of Highway 101 in San Francisco that the Council played a role in coordina...
Council Endorses 300-Unit Housing Project in Mountain View image

Council Endorses 300-Unit Housing Project in Mountain View

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The Bay Area Council is excited to endorse 1001 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View. This project from Council member Sare...
Member Spotlight: JPMorgan Chase Announces $50 Million Global Philanthropic Commitment image

Member Spotlight: JPMorgan Chase Announces $50 Million Global Philanthropic Commitment

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JPMorgan Chase announced a
COVID-19 Hits Jobs, Economy Hard image

COVID-19 Hits Jobs, Economy Hard

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Shelter-in-place orders are proving critical in stemming the transmission of COVID-19, but they are also having a profound...
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Tracking Economic Fallout of COVID-19

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The rapid pace in the escalation of the COVID-19 crisis in terms of both its health and economic effects has been unpreced...
Council’s ADU Work Gets Big Boost from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative image

Council’s ADU Work Gets Big Boost from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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The Bay Area Council has been at the forefront of the revolution to make accessory dwelling units (ADU), aka granny or in-...
New Council LinkedIn Group Focuses on Future Workforce Strategies image

New Council LinkedIn Group Focuses on Future Workforce Strategies

As we all adjust to a new normal, industry experts across the Bay have been looking for ways to help our future workforce ...
China’s Lessons for Restarting the Economy after COVID-19 image

China’s Lessons for Restarting the Economy after COVID-19

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On April 6, the Bay Area Council’s China Initiative welcomed MEBO-International Chairman Kevin Xu for a virtual discussi...
Member Spotlight: United Airlines image

Member Spotlight: United Airlines

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United Airlines has partnered with Governor Newsom to provide free, round-trip flights for medical volunteers traveling...
Member Spotlight: Bristol Myers Squibb image

Member Spotlight: Bristol Myers Squibb

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Bristol Myers Squibb this week (April 7) announced an expansion of its existing patient support programs to help eligible...
Decoding the Impact of COVID-19 on China’s Economy image

Decoding the Impact of COVID-19 on China’s Economy

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COVID-19 hit China right before the Spring Festival, the most disruptive event in China when almost all businesses close t...
Member Spotlight: SF State University Classes Go Virtual image

Member Spotlight: SF State University Classes Go Virtual

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On March 9, San Francisco State University’s President Lynn Mahoney announced that all courses would transition to remot...
Member Spotlight: Black and Veatch Launches COVID-19 Response Accelerator image

Member Spotlight: Black and Veatch Launches COVID-19 Response Accelerator

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Are you a startup with a solution that can reduce the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, but need help commercializing ...
April 3 COVID-19 Response Update image

April 3 COVID-19 Response Update

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The Bay Area Council is continuing to work with our members, partners, and local, state and federal government officials o...
Member Spotlight: Instacart to Add 300,000 Personal Shoppers image

Member Spotlight: Instacart to Add 300,000 Personal Shoppers

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As the economy and workforce begin to feel the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, Bay Area Council member Instacart is provi...
Federal COVID-19 Includes Billions for Homeless image

Federal COVID-19 Includes Billions for Homeless

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Following efforts by the Bay Area Council and AllHome to corral regional leaders behind a united ask for $5 billion in fed...
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Keeping Essential Services/Businesses Operating

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While state and local shelter-in-place orders are helping stop the spread of COVID-19, they are also creating confusion am...
New Webinar Series Provides Expertise, Insights on COVID-19 Issues image

New Webinar Series Provides Expertise, Insights on COVID-19 Issues

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Accurate, timely information is among the key weapons in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, from understanding public ...
Bay Area Council Poll: COVID-19 Economic Concerns Soar image

Bay Area Council Poll: COVID-19 Economic Concerns Soar

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Bay Area residents’ concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic rose dramatically over a one-week period in mid-March as the vi...
Message from CEO Jim Wunderman image

Message from CEO Jim Wunderman

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I hope this finds you all safe and healthy. These are unprecedented times. Our world has been turned upside down and insid...
COVID-19 Impacts Intensify, Widen; So Do Countermeasures image

COVID-19 Impacts Intensify, Widen; So Do Countermeasures

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The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically worsened this week, with schools and other public institutions closing, ...
New “Missing Middle” Housing Bill Introduced image

New “Missing Middle” Housing Bill Introduced

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The Bay Area Council’s 2020 housing priority is to pass legislation designed to boost housing production. While the stat...
One Step Closer to Redwood City Ferry Service image

One Step Closer to Redwood City Ferry Service

The future for ferry service in Redwood City is looking bright after the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) t...
Council Urges Reauthorization of Federal Transportation Funding Bill image

Council Urges Reauthorization of Federal Transportation Funding Bill

United by an ambitious transportation agenda for our country, the Metropolitan Civic Leadership Alliance, a new group of n...
Climate Resilience Experts Convene at the Council image

Climate Resilience Experts Convene at the Council

California’s leading climate resilience experts spent an all-day session at the Bay Area Council last week reviewing pro...
Two Council Members Named to 40 under 40 image

Two Council Members Named to 40 under 40

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Member Spotlight: Webcor Unveils Specialty Contracting Unit image

Member Spotlight: Webcor Unveils Specialty Contracting Unit

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Webcor, one of California’s largest general and specialty construction contractors, has unveiled a new specialty contrac...
Inclusive San Jose Housing Project Wins Council Endorsement image

Inclusive San Jose Housing Project Wins Council Endorsement

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A San Jose housing complex that includes a mix of market rate, workforce, affordable and deeply affordable units near tran...
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Coronavirus: Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands

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The Bay Area Council is aware and takes seriously the growing spread of the coronavirus, its threat to public health and i...
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Pay Equity and Transparency Key in the Modern Workplace

It matters what your employees think. Pay equity and transparency continue to be essential in building a more equitable wo...
Member Spotlight: Bank of Marin Celebrates 30 Years image

Member Spotlight: Bank of Marin Celebrates 30 Years

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Happy 30th Anniversary to Bank of Marin!  Since 1990, the bank’s philosophy, “banking built on trust and relation...
Council Urges YES Vote on Prop. 13 to Benefit Colleges, Universities image

Council Urges YES Vote on Prop. 13 to Benefit Colleges, Universities

California’s public colleges and universities play a vital role in preparing students to meet the state’s future workf...
Celebrating Regional Water Transit and Bay Crossings image

Celebrating Regional Water Transit and Bay Crossings

The Bay Area Council Water Transit Subcommittee held its inaugural 2020 meeting Tuesday (Feb. 25), celebrating Council CEO...
Council Co-Sponsoring Bills Taking Aim at Excessive Housing Fees image

Council Co-Sponsoring Bills Taking Aim at Excessive Housing Fees

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A tangle of local impact fees that most cities across the Bay Area and California impose on new housing can add up to $100...
Calm and Information Critical to Combating Coronavirus Threat image

Calm and Information Critical to Combating Coronavirus Threat

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As concerns grow about the spread of the novel coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, the Bay Area Council remains commit...
Healthcare Committee Welcomes New Co-Chair image

Healthcare Committee Welcomes New Co-Chair

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Speaking of the coronavirus, the nasty bug was a key part of the discussion at the Bay Area Council Healthcare Committee o...
Member Spotlight: Alaska Airlines image

Member Spotlight: Alaska Airlines

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For Alaska Airlines guests, the world is getting closer – and easier to reach. Alaska Airlines recently announced it’s...
Bay Area Council Announces Alliance with 2020 PGA Championship image

Bay Area Council Announces Alliance with 2020 PGA Championship

The Bay Area Council and the
Council Honors Sen. Feinstein at Chinese New Year Celebration image

Council Honors Sen. Feinstein at Chinese New Year Celebration

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The Bay Area’s strong and enduring relationship with China was celebrated this week (Feb. 18) when hundreds of leaders g...
Homelessness Dominates State of the State image

Homelessness Dominates State of the State

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Governor Gavin Newsom dedicated nearly the entirety of Thursday’s State of the State of Address to the issues of housing...
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From the Front Lines of the Nation’s Housing Battles

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One of the nation’s leading journalists on housing issues was welcomed by the Bay Area Council Housing Committee this we...
Career Fairs Provide Good Opportunities in Tight Labor Market image

Career Fairs Provide Good Opportunities in Tight Labor Market

With record-low unemployment and a tight labor market, Bay Area employers are struggling to find qualified workers for ma...
Resilience Challenge Provides Sobering Look at Risks Ahead image

Resilience Challenge Provides Sobering Look at Risks Ahead

Over 80 cities, counties, special districts, and Native American tribes have applied for climate change planning grants un...
Member Spotlight: Genentech and SF State University image

Member Spotlight: Genentech and SF State University

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A $10.5 million, five-year grant to San Francisco State University from the nonprofit foundation of biotech powerhouse&nbs...
Long-Awaited Highway 101 Express Lane Project Begins image

Long-Awaited Highway 101 Express Lane Project Begins

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Easing congestion along the important Highway 101 corridor connecting San Francisco and San Jose through Silicon Valley ha...
Action Alert: Support 307-Unit Oakland Housing Project image

Action Alert: Support 307-Unit Oakland Housing Project

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Oakland stands to lose out on more than 300 units of new housing if opponents get their way. The Rubicon Partners project ...
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Water & Climate Resilience Committee

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The Bay Area Council’s Water & Climate Resilience Committee on Thursday (Feb. 13) featured a robust discussion on th...
New Data Highlights Astronomical Costs for Building Affordable Housing image

New Data Highlights Astronomical Costs for Building Affordable Housing

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It’s no secret that building housing in the Bay Area is expensive, but new data shows just how jaw-dropping those costs ...
Deadline Near to Reserve Hospitality Space at 2020 PGA Championship image

Deadline Near to Reserve Hospitality Space at 2020 PGA Championship

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Going, going, gone!  Time’s almost up to reserve a private chalet for the upcoming
A Quiet Upzoning Revolution image

A Quiet Upzoning Revolution

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SB 50 may be dead, but a movement the Bay Area Council began championing almost five years ago is quietly doing what that ...
Unclogging the Talent Pipeline image

Unclogging the Talent Pipeline

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Many students confront significant obstacles to completing their college education and securing necessary certificates and...
Opportunity Zone Regulations Coming into Focus image

Opportunity Zone Regulations Coming into Focus

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The long-awaited release of new federal regulations is bringing into focus what investors can expect from Opportunity Zone...
Member Spotlight: Microsoft Going Carbon Negative image

Member Spotlight: Microsoft Going Carbon Negative

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The scientific consensus is clear. The world confronts an urgent carbon problem. While the world will need to reach n...
Casita Coalition Earns National Recognition image

Casita Coalition Earns National Recognition

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Co-founded by the Bay Area Council,
Will California Have the Talent It Needs to Compete Economically? image

Will California Have the Talent It Needs to Compete Economically?

Are students and job seekers getting the education and training employers need to compete in a rapidly changing and global...
Momentum Gaining in Winning Housing Reforms, but Much Work Remains image

Momentum Gaining in Winning Housing Reforms, but Much Work Remains

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After years of relentless advocacy, housing leaders agree they’re starting to see the tide turn in the fight to refor...
Council Delegation Forges New Ties with India image

Council Delegation Forges New Ties with India

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Expanding and deepening economic connections between California, the Bay Area-Silicon Valley and India was the focus of a ...
Lloyd Dean Named CEO of CommonSpirit Health image

Lloyd Dean Named CEO of CommonSpirit Health

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Lloyd Dean, former Chair of the Bay Area Council, on Wednesday was named CEO of CommonSpirit Health, the largest nonprofit...
San Francisco Business Times’ 2020 Mayors Economic Forecast image

San Francisco Business Times’ 2020 Mayors Economic Forecast

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What are the priorities and top issues being addressed by each Mayor in 2020? San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Oakland...
FASTER Legislation Advances in Sacramento image

FASTER Legislation Advances in Sacramento

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One of the Bay Area Council’s major 2020 priorities passed a legislative milestone this week. The Senate Transportation ...
Chief Diversity Officers Outline Broad 2020 Goals image

Chief Diversity Officers Outline Broad 2020 Goals

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Chief diversity officers of Bay Area Council member companies met recently as part of an ongoing series of discussions on ...
Governor Announces New Actions on Homelessness image

Governor Announces New Actions on Homelessness

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday concluded a weeklong statewide homelessness tour in Oakland, where he announced $3...
Council Endorses Coastside Affordable Housing Project image

Council Endorses Coastside Affordable Housing Project

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The Bay Area Council Housing Committee this week endorsed a 71-unit affordable housing project that nonprofit MidPen Housi...
Bay Area Council Leads Delegation to India to Expand, Deepen Economic Ties image

Bay Area Council Leads Delegation to India to Expand, Deepen Economic Ties

California and the Bay Area-Silicon Valley are poised to reap significant benefits from deepening economic ties with India...
SF State University, United Airlines Partner on Career Advancement Program San Francisco State University and United image

SF State University, United Airlines Partner on Career Advancement Program San Francisco State University and United

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San Francisco State University and United Airlines have developed a unique new professional development program that offer...
Wunderman Takes Gavel at First WETA Meeting image

Wunderman Takes Gavel at First WETA Meeting

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Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman on Thursday (Jan. 9) presided over his first Water Emergency Transportation Authority (...
BART Makes Game-Changing Investment to Modernize the System image

BART Makes Game-Changing Investment to Modernize the System

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The BART Board of Directors on Thursday (Jan. 9) awarded a $798 million contract to Hitachi Rail STS USA, Inc. to design a...
Council Priorities Reflected in Governor’s Draft Water Resilience Portfolio image

Council Priorities Reflected in Governor’s Draft Water Resilience Portfolio

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Top Bay Area Council priorities for water and climate resilience were included in Gov. Newsom’s long-awaited draft Water...
Bay Area Council Supports SB 50 to Address California’s Housing Crisis image

Bay Area Council Supports SB 50 to Address California’s Housing Crisis

The Bay Area Council issued the following statement in support of legislation (SB 50) announced today (Jan. 7) by state Se...
New Research Supports Council’s Landmark ADU Initiative image

New Research Supports Council’s Landmark ADU Initiative

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Making more efficient use of the Bay Area’s already-developed urban and suburban areas to address the region’s housing...
Gov. Newsom Names Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman to Helm Water Emergency Transportation Authority image

Gov. Newsom Names Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman to Helm Water Emergency Transportation Authority

Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman has been named by Gov. Gavin Newsom to serve as Chair of the Water Emergency Transporta...
Bay Area Council Names New Leader to Head Its Economic Institute image

Bay Area Council Names New Leader to Head Its Economic Institute

The Bay Area Council has named Jeff Bellisario Exec...
New Ferry Service Coming to Alameda Next Year image

New Ferry Service Coming to Alameda Next Year

Following on the success of the new Richmond-San Francisco ferry service that launched earlier this year,...
FASTER Continues Regional Engagement in the East Bay image

FASTER Continues Regional Engagement in the East Bay

This week, FASTER presented to the AC Transit Board of Directors as part of an ongoing effort to engage with stakeholders ...
Housing Committee Celebrates Productive 2019 image

Housing Committee Celebrates Productive 2019

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The Bay Area Council’s Housing Committee met Monday to reflect on what has been a highly productive year, with passage o...
Carrying Subnational Panda Diplomacy in the 21st Century image

Carrying Subnational Panda Diplomacy in the 21st Century

This week, the Bay Area Council celebrated a longstanding Chinese foreign policy tradition by promoting dialogue and peace...
Check Your Blind Spots on Unconscious Bias image

Check Your Blind Spots on Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias plays a central role in shaping our perspectives on those we work with and the people we surround ourselv...
Council Praises Agreement on USMCA image

Council Praises Agreement on USMCA

The Bay Area Council praised Congressional leaders for reaching agreement this week on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
New Council Chair Mary Huss Outlines Her Vision image

New Council Chair Mary Huss Outlines Her Vision

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The Bay Area Council Board of Directors this week held its final meeting of 2019, taking stock of an extremely productive ...
California Resilience Challenge Announces Statewide Competition for Climate Adaptation Projects image

California Resilience Challenge Announces Statewide Competition for Climate Adaptation Projects

The Bay Area Council today launched the official request for proposals for the “California Resilience Challenge” — a...
Connecting Immigrants, Refugees to Tech Jobs image

Connecting Immigrants, Refugees to Tech Jobs

There are nearly 2 million immigrants and refugees currently in the U.S. who have college degrees from their home countrie...
Fighting to Keep Statewide Housing Reform image

Fighting to Keep Statewide Housing Reform

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A terrible and misguided court decision in San Mateo County threatens to undo and undermine a raft of recent legislation a...
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Expanding Trade through Subnational Connections

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The Bay Area Council continued its support for subnational dialogue by co-hosting the Yangtze River Delta-California Coope...
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Promoting Bay to Bay Technology Links

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As part of our recent China trade mission, the Bay Area Council participated in the 21st China Hi-Tech Fair with over 3,00...
Tri-Valley 2040 Visioning Summit image

Tri-Valley 2040 Visioning Summit

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On Monday, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute organized the Tri-Valley 2040 Visioning Summit in partnership with the ...
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On Housing, Tech Companies Walking the Walk

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Bay Area Council member Apple became the latest tech company to put its money where its mouth is in addressing the region...
Bigger is Better: Showcasing California at Massive Chinese Trade Exhibition image

Bigger is Better: Showcasing California at Massive Chinese Trade Exhibition

Representing the only U.S. state to participate in one the world’s largest import exhibitions, the Bay Area Council this...
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Expanding Economic Opportunity to All Regions of the State

The Bay Area Council this week brought its insights and expertise to the 2019 Cali...
Partner Spotlight: Visit California image

Partner Spotlight: Visit California

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Tourism powers regional economies, and in the past decade in the Bay Area alone, tourism generated $37.8 billion in travel...
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It’s Baaaack!

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The high-profile rejection of a fully-compliant housing proposal in San Bruno has been resurrected as a bigger and better ...
New Coalition Targets Traffic’s Stranglehold on the Bay Area image

New Coalition Targets Traffic’s Stranglehold on the Bay Area

The Bay Area Council today announced it is forming a new coalition of transportation companies focused on dramatically exp...
Now is the Time to Invest in Early Childhood Education image

Now is the Time to Invest in Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education is an issue of public safety, it is an issue of national security, and it is an issue of economi...
China Looks to the Bay Area on Deepening Regionalism image

China Looks to the Bay Area on Deepening Regionalism

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The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area of China is looking to the Bay Area for insights on how to deepen regional ...
JPMorgan Chase Joins California Resilience Challenge image

JPMorgan Chase Joins California Resilience Challenge

JPMorgan Chase pledged $500,000 this week to the 
Engaging the Region to Create a FASTER Bay Area image

Engaging the Region to Create a FASTER Bay Area

Congested roadways, packed and infrequent transit, and projects that run over-time and over-budget have become an unfortun...
Housing Committee Welcomes Assemblymember David Chiu image

Housing Committee Welcomes Assemblymember David Chiu

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The Bay Area Council Housing Committee this week welcomed Assemblymember David Chiu for a recap of this year’s housing l...
Creating Seamless School-to-Career Transitions image

Creating Seamless School-to-Career Transitions

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that students are more likely to fall through the cracks in t...
Chief Diversity Officers Forum Advances Inclusive Workplaces image

Chief Diversity Officers Forum Advances Inclusive Workplaces

Management plays a key role in advancing or damaging diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Chief Diversity Officers co...
New ADU Laws: Helping Homeowners and Cities Achieve Change image

New ADU Laws: Helping Homeowners and Cities Achieve Change

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On the heels of Governor Newsom’s signing of a package of Bay Area Council-backed accessory dwelling un...
Future of Work: How Employers Are Adapting to Changing Needs image

Future of Work: How Employers Are Adapting to Changing Needs

The future of work is upon us, and how employers adapt to changing needs in the workforce will be critical in maintaining ...
Protecting the Bay Against Rising Seas Means Amending Old Approaches image

Protecting the Bay Against Rising Seas Means Amending Old Approaches

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After four years of research, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission made an informed and unanimous vote to amend...
Governor Newsom Signs Council-Backed  ADU and Housing Reform Bills into Law image

Governor Newsom Signs Council-Backed ADU and Housing Reform Bills into Law

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Key Housing Legislation to Streamline Production and Ease Regulatory Barriers
Bay Area Council Weighs In on State Water Resilience image

Bay Area Council Weighs In on State Water Resilience

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The Bay Area Council’s Water and Climate Resilience Committee has submitted eight key recommendations for Gov. News...
Calbright Online College Opens Its ‘Doors’ image

Calbright Online College Opens Its ‘Doors’

Calbright College this week officially opened its registration for the 2020 year. With over 400 applications in the first ...
CSU East Bay President Morishita Announces Retirement image

CSU East Bay President Morishita Announces Retirement

Longtime Bay Area Council Board member Leroy Morishita this week announced his retirement after a 40-year career with the ...
Member Spotlight: Hitachi image

Member Spotlight: Hitachi

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When you think of fast cars, Hitachi may not be the first name that comes to mind. But Hitachi won big last weekend when t...
Better Managing Forests for Climate Resilience image

Better Managing Forests for Climate Resilience

The Bay Area Council Water & Climate Resilience Committee met Thursday to discuss managing California's forests and th...
ADUs Help Solve Housing and Climate Crises image

ADUs Help Solve Housing and Climate Crises

The Bay Area’s housing shortage and affordability crisis are pushing more and more workers farther and farther from jobs...
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Announcing Annual Dinner Presenting Sponsor

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We’re extremely excited to announce that Kaiser Permanente will serve as Presenting Sponsor of the
President Trump Weighs in on California Homelessness image

President Trump Weighs in on California Homelessness

Jetting to the Bay Area for a campaign fundraiser, President Trump this week generated headlines for a series of comments ...
Employer Input Key to Effective Career Technical Education Programs image

Employer Input Key to Effective Career Technical Education Programs

As a leader in workforce development in the region, the Bay Area Council has been asked to serve on California’s Career ...
Council CEO Honored with Prestigious JHC Legacy Award image

Council CEO Honored with Prestigious JHC Legacy Award

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Over 800 guests gathered at the Oakland Museum last night to celebrate the city’s biggest salute to trailblazing busines...
Need for Speed Cited in Bay Restoration Efforts image

Need for Speed Cited in Bay Restoration Efforts

The Bay Area needs to hurry efforts to restore Bay wetlands, according to a recent
President Napolitano’s Leadership Elevated the University of California image

President Napolitano’s Leadership Elevated the University of California

The Bay Area Council today (Sept. 18) issued the following statement on University of California President Janet Napolitan...
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Leaders Convene for Annual Meeting of Members

It was a double-header at the 2019 Annual Members Meeting this week (Sept. 9) as Bay Area Council members gathered at Orac...
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Wunderman Receives Prestigious Honor in Shanghai

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For his leadership over more than a decade in building economic ties between the Bay Area and Shanghai, Bay Area Council C...
San Jose Students Get Inside Scoop on Aviation Careers image

San Jose Students Get Inside Scoop on Aviation Careers

A group of San Jose high school students this week learned about the diverse opportunities available to them in aviation d...
U.S. Bank’s Mahesh Kharkar to Co-Chair Workforce Committee image

U.S. Bank’s Mahesh Kharkar to Co-Chair Workforce Committee

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The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee welcomes Mahesh Kharkar, US Bank Northern California Market Pre...
744 Housing Units Win Initial OK Behind Council Support image

744 Housing Units Win Initial OK Behind Council Support

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Housing-starved San Francisco moved a step closer to adding 744 new units Thursday (Sept. 5) when the San Francisco Plann...
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Housing Wake Up Call Coming for Regions, Cities

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It was described at the time as a low-profile or “sleeper” housing bill in the midst of a raft of much higher profile ...
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West Coast Leaders Explore Regional Solutions to Homelessness

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The Co-Chair of Gov. Newsom’s new Commission on Homelessness and Supportive Housing joined other top West Coast business...
All Aboard! ACE Train Expands Megaregion Rail Service image

All Aboard! ACE Train Expands Megaregion Rail Service

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Starting tomorrow (Sept. 7), ACE Train and the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission wil...
Federal Grant a Boon for BART to San Jose Extension image

Federal Grant a Boon for BART to San Jose Extension

The power of public private partnerships was on full display this week when the Federal Transit Administration announced $...
Summit Celebrates Key Milestone in U.S.-China Relations image

Summit Celebrates Key Milestone in U.S.-China Relations

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Hundreds of business, government and civic leaders gathered last week for a day-long event hosted by the Florence Fang Fa...
New Analysis: ADUs Are Good for Your Health image

New Analysis: ADUs Are Good for Your Health

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Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are good for your health, according to a new analysis by the California Budget & Polic...
Alaska Airlines Joins California Resilience Challenge image

Alaska Airlines Joins California Resilience Challenge

Alaska Airlines this week joined the California Resilience Challenge, pledging $10...
The James Irvine Foundation Helps Grow Bay Area Tech Apprenticeships image

The James Irvine Foundation Helps Grow Bay Area Tech Apprenticeships

The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future initiative has been awarded a $300,000 grant from The James Irvine Founda...
Regional Ferry Fleet Continues to Expand with Arrival of New Boat image

Regional Ferry Fleet Continues to Expand with Arrival of New Boat

In a fun series of tweets, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA...
Trade War Not Deterring Council’s China Work image

Trade War Not Deterring Council’s China Work

The U.S.-China trade war continues to ratchet up, but it’s not deterring the Bay Area Council’s work to expand and dee...
Four Straight: Council’s Wunderman Named to Capitol Top 100 image

Four Straight: Council’s Wunderman Named to Capitol Top 100

Reflecting the Bay Area Council’s continuing strong influence in Sacramento, CEO Jim Wunderman was again named to the pr...
Heavy Hitters Convene in Sacramento to Talk Housing Solutions image

Heavy Hitters Convene in Sacramento to Talk Housing Solutions

On Wednesday, the Bay Area Council’s Housing Committee convened in Sacramento to hear from the housing champions of the ...
Committee Focuses on Family Leave, Flexible Workplace Policies image

Committee Focuses on Family Leave, Flexible Workplace Policies

The importance of strong paid family leave policies in fostering a positive and productive workplace was among the key top...
UC Merced Marks Key Milestone image

UC Merced Marks Key Milestone

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This week the Bay Area Council joined member UC Merced at its highly-anticipated ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the s...
Member Spotlight: DLA Piper’s Dean Fealk image

Member Spotlight: DLA Piper’s Dean Fealk

Gov. Gavin Newsom this week announced the appointment of Dean Fealk, a partner at Council member DLA Piper, to the Califor...
Cities Face Growing Legal Action over Housing image

Cities Face Growing Legal Action over Housing

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Cities are coming under increasing legal fire to take action on the housing crisis. The latest example came this week when...
Study on Tearing Down Hetch Hetchy Misses the Mark image

Study on Tearing Down Hetch Hetchy Misses the Mark

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A new study sponsored by a group determined to tear down the Bay Area’s leading clean water and power infrastructure tri...
Resilience Challenge Enters Key Phase image

Resilience Challenge Enters Key Phase

As the Bay Area Council nears an important milestone in its ambitious California Resilience Challenge, a new
Warriors, MUNI Team Up for Slam Dunk on Transit image

Warriors, MUNI Team Up for Slam Dunk on Transit

The Golden State Warriors are teaming up with MUNI to promote transit ridership. The Bay Area Council’s Transportation C...
Top Newsom Economic Advisor Shares Insights on Future Workforce Initiative image

Top Newsom Economic Advisor Shares Insights on Future Workforce Initiative

When it comes to the nature of work in California, change is the name of the game. How well we adapt to that change will h...
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As Housing Crisis Grinds On, Grim News on New Applications

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No one ever said solving our housing crisis was going to be easy, and new data out from the U.S. Census Bureau provided am...
BART Names New General Manager to Lead System Forward image

BART Names New General Manager to Lead System Forward

BART this week named a new general manager to move the regional mass transit system forward as it makes progress on an amb...
Bay Area Council Goes ‘All-In’ to Combat Homelessness image

Bay Area Council Goes ‘All-In’ to Combat Homelessness

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The Bay Area Council this week joined with Tipping Point Community and a phalanx of business, community and philanthropic ...
Caltrain’s Unveils Bold Vision to Triple Capacity by 2040 image

Caltrain’s Unveils Bold Vision to Triple Capacity by 2040

Caltrain riders can expect to see more trains, faster trains and more service under a bold plan unveiled this week. The dr...
Mayor Schaaf Touts Oakland’s Promise during Busy China Economic Tour image

Mayor Schaaf Touts Oakland’s Promise during Busy China Economic Tour

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf had one message for Chinese business and government leaders during a weeklong, five-city econom...
Council’s Graduating Summer Intern Class Ready to Shape the Future image

Council’s Graduating Summer Intern Class Ready to Shape the Future

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With workforce development a top policy priority for the Bay Area Council, we are proud to offer a year-round Internship P...
Council Salutes Oakland Port’s Chris Lytle as He Sails into Retirement image

Council Salutes Oakland Port’s Chris Lytle as He Sails into Retirement

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The Bay Area Council salutes Chris Lytle, Executive Director of the Port of Oakland, who is retiring today after 53 years ...
Member Spotlight: Via image

Member Spotlight: Via

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Via is the world’s leader in on-demand public transit and has more than 70 micro-transit deployments across the world, i...
BART Making Progress on Transit-Oriented Development image

BART Making Progress on Transit-Oriented Development

With almost 1,500 units completed since 2013, another almost 1,300 under construction and another 2,300 on the drawing boa...
Release the e-Scooters image

Release the e-Scooters

The Bay Area Council applauded a decision this week by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority that will allo...
Workforce Discussion Focuses on Performance Management image

Workforce Discussion Focuses on Performance Management

Performance management and the evaluation of an employee’s value in a company have been identified as an important issue...
New San Francisco ADU Reforms Signal Success of Council Advocacy image

New San Francisco ADU Reforms Signal Success of Council Advocacy

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A major initiative the Bay Area Council launched in 2016 to dramatically expand the construction of accessory dwelling uni...

Mary Huss Elected 39th Bay Area Council Chair

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Mary Huss, President and Publisher of the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal, this week was ...
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Council Advocacy Helps Move Housing Legislation Forward

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In a divide and conquer strategy, the Bay Area Council housing policy team this week zigzagged through the Capitol going f...
Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles image

Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicle technology is rapidly changing how cities and companies think about transportation infrastructure and t...
Bay Area Homelessness Up 24% Since 2017 image

Bay Area Homelessness Up 24% Since 2017

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Three months after a Bay Area Council Economic Institute
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Scaling Diversity and Inclusion Impacts in the Workplace

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The Bay Area Council recently convened chief diversity officers from throughout the region to address the challenge of mea...
Community College Chancellor Deserves New Term image

Community College Chancellor Deserves New Term

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The California Community College (CCC) system under the leadership of Chancellor Eloy Oakley has embarked on a bold and in...
Council-Led China Delegation Hailed as Great Success image

Council-Led China Delegation Hailed as Great Success

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A group of entrepreneurs and business leaders hailed as a major success a one-week tour through China the Bay Area Council...
Governor Signs Far Reaching Energy and Wildfire Bill image

Governor Signs Far Reaching Energy and Wildfire Bill

Major new legislation aimed at helping energy utilities grapple with increased wildfire risks sailed through the legislatu...
Major Housing Contributions Underscores the Need for State Action image

Major Housing Contributions Underscores the Need for State Action

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Google announced a $1 billion contribution towards the housing crisis, aiming to deliver 20,000 Bay Area homes. Days later...
Apprenticeships Gaining Steam as a Strong Pathway for Talent image

Apprenticeships Gaining Steam as a Strong Pathway for Talent

Professional apprenticeship programs are growing, both in the Bay Area and nationwide, and are proving to be a valuable wa...
Council Advocacy Helps Restore Calbright Funding image

Council Advocacy Helps Restore Calbright Funding

Funding for the California Online Community College District (Calbright College) has been restored after a strong advocacy...
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Come One, Come All!

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Bay Area and California companies looking to showcase their products to hungry and well-funded Chinese wholesale and retai...
Updating Employment Laws to Reflect Changing Needs of the Gig Economy image

Updating Employment Laws to Reflect Changing Needs of the Gig Economy

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Millions of Californians are choosing to work as independent contractors in the emerging gig economy for the freedom and f...
Member Spotlight: Wells Fargo image

Member Spotlight: Wells Fargo

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For Wells Fargo, supporting communities and addressing our biggest challenges has always been a major focus. The Bay Area ...
Bay Area Pays a Lion’s Share of CA Personal Income Tax image

Bay Area Pays a Lion’s Share of CA Personal Income Tax

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New data from the California Franchise Tax Board shows the Bay Area’s importance to the state’s fiscal health. Based o...
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Thank You Golden State Warriors!

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It didn’t end the way we wanted, but the Golden State Warriors are by any definition CHAMPIONS! The Warriors made the Ba...
Bay Area Coalition Honored for Leadership in Passing Key Regional Transportation Improvement Ballot Measure image

Bay Area Coalition Honored for Leadership in Passing Key Regional Transportation Improvement Ballot Measure

A bold regional campaign that was led by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Bay Area Council and SPUR and succeeded in p...
Trump Mexico Tariff Threat Rattles California image

Trump Mexico Tariff Threat Rattles California

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A threat by President Trump to impose tariffs on goods coming from Mexico has huge implications for California. The Bay Ar...
Council Endorses Stanford University Expansion Plan image

Council Endorses Stanford University Expansion Plan

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Stanford University, the fountainhead for Silicon Valley innovation, is advancing a bold, 20-year vision for expanding the...
Council Advocates for Higher Education Funding in State Budget image

Council Advocates for Higher Education Funding in State Budget

Education is critical in preparing California’s workforce for current and future jobs. That’s why the Bay Area Council...
A’s Waterfront Stadium, Development Offers Big Economic Benefits image

A’s Waterfront Stadium, Development Offers Big Economic Benefits

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A proposal by the Oakland A’s to build a privately financed waterfront ballpark at Howard Terminal near Jack London Squa...
Driving Toward an Autonomous Vehicle Future image

Driving Toward an Autonomous Vehicle Future

Technology and innovation are key driving forces for the Bay Area economy. A new horizon for these forces is the world of ...
Council to D.C.: Release $1.25 Billion BART Funding image

Council to D.C.: Release $1.25 Billion BART Funding

A deadly accident this week that shut down the upper deck of the Bay Bridge, wreaking havoc during peak commute hours, hig...
Council Advocates for Key Issues in D.C. image

Council Advocates for Key Issues in D.C.

Restoring funding for high speed rail, easing U.S.-China trade tensions and reversing elements of recent tax reform that p...
Water Transit Subcommittee Welcomes New Co-Chairs image

Water Transit Subcommittee Welcomes New Co-Chairs

The Bay Area Council Water Transit Subcommittee convened last week with three new co-chairs and a renewed sense of urgency...
Senate Clean Drinking Water Proposal Gets Councils Nod image

Senate Clean Drinking Water Proposal Gets Councils Nod

The Bay Area Council Water and Climate Resilience Committee met on Tuesday to vet competing proposals in ...
New Paper Identifies Risks of Not Adapting to Changing Workforce image

New Paper Identifies Risks of Not Adapting to Changing Workforce

The Bay Area is known worldwide as a hub for innovation and strong economic growth. As economic innovation continues to ch...
WaPo Story Features Council Research on Homeless Problem image

WaPo Story Features Council Research on Homeless Problem

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The regional nature of the Bay Area’s homeless crisis was brought into sharp relief in a powerful Washington Post story ...
Strong Majority Say the Bay Area is the Best Place on Earth to Live image

Strong Majority Say the Bay Area is the Best Place on Earth to Live

All is not lost, according to the 2019 Bay Area Council Poll. Despite the Bay Area’s significant challenges, the poll fi...
Homelessness Soars in the Bay Area image

Homelessness Soars in the Bay Area

Maybe it’s time for a different approach. A little over a month after the Bay Area Council Economic Institute released a...
Major Setback for Ambitious Housing Reform Bill image

Major Setback for Ambitious Housing Reform Bill

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Ambitious legislation that would have dramatically eased local zoning and removed other regulatory barriers to allow for m...
New Casita Coalition Working to Expand ADUs image

New Casita Coalition Working to Expand ADUs

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The Casita Coalition, a grassroots statewide effort co-founded by the Bay Area Council and other housing advocates, held i...
Changing Nature of Work Requires Upskilling and Retraining image

Changing Nature of Work Requires Upskilling and Retraining

The future of work is increasingly gaining traction among business leaders, educators, and government officials alike. Th...
More Work to Do to Make Workplaces Family Friendly image

More Work to Do to Make Workplaces Family Friendly

California has work to do to improve conditions for working moms, according to a recent ranking by
New SFO-Tel Aviv Flights Highlight Strong Bay Area-Israel Connections image

New SFO-Tel Aviv Flights Highlight Strong Bay Area-Israel Connections

Underscoring the strong and growing connections between the Bay Area and Israel, El Al Israel Airlines this week began new...
Addressing Growing Demand for Skilled Construction Workers image

Addressing Growing Demand for Skilled Construction Workers

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The Bay Area continues to grow both economically and geographically. That growth puts big demands on the construction labo...
Council Welcomes Budding Leaders image

Council Welcomes Budding Leaders

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A group of excited fourth graders saw millions of dollars at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, heard from Bay Are...
Analysis: $7.3B Economic Benefits, 6.1K Jobs from Oakland A’s Waterfront Ballpark image

Analysis: $7.3B Economic Benefits, 6.1K Jobs from Oakland A’s Waterfront Ballpark

A proposal by the Oakland A’s to build a privately financed waterfront ballpark at Howard Terminal near Jack London Squa...
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UC Merced Tops Off

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It is one of the largest and, arguably, most complex social infrastructure projects in the nation. Now, every building in ...
Study Will Explore Bringing Ferries to Berkeley image

Study Will Explore Bringing Ferries to Berkeley

The Council has been a champion of expanding regional ferry service to help alleviate traffic congestion and Council CEO J...
Lt. Gov. Kounalakis Joins the Council in Welcoming Columbian President image

Lt. Gov. Kounalakis Joins the Council in Welcoming Columbian President

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On Wednesday (May 8), Bay Area Council members joined Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis and Council CEO Jim Wunderman in hosti...

Bay Area Council Names Its 2019 Regionalist of the Year

The Bay Area Council applauds Bay Area legislators for their hard work in advancing policies in the Capital to improve our...
Top Elected, Government Leaders Hear from Council Members during Sacramento Advocacy Day image

Top Elected, Government Leaders Hear from Council Members during Sacramento Advocacy Day

More than 60 Bay Area Council members led by Board Chairman Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, trave...
April Tax Showers Bring May Revenue for State Budget image

April Tax Showers Bring May Revenue for State Budget

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California’s soaring economy is giving Gov. Gavin Newsom more revenue, money he proposes using to prepare for a future d...
Curated Career Fairs Connect Local, Diverse Talent to Employers image

Curated Career Fairs Connect Local, Diverse Talent to Employers

A record 300 job seekers connected with 64 employers on Tuesday (April 30) at the latest in a series of career fairs organ...
New Report: Building a More Inclusive Bay Area Economy image

New Report: Building a More Inclusive Bay Area Economy

Through diversity and inclusion efforts, businesses can reap tremendous benefits while providing opportunities for young m...
Mourning the Passing of a Great Bay Area Leader image

Mourning the Passing of a Great Bay Area Leader

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The Bay Area, California and the nation lost a great leader this week with the passing of former Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who ...
New Report Explores How Bay Area Employers Can Build a More Inclusive Economy image

New Report Explores How Bay Area Employers Can Build a More Inclusive Economy

Through diversity and inclusion efforts, businesses can reap tremendous benefits while providing opportunities for young m...
Tech Apprenticeships Building Momentum throughout the region image

Tech Apprenticeships Building Momentum throughout the region

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As the technology sector continues to grow its innovation footprint throughout the Bay Area, employers are examining new w...
Council Launches Statewide Casita Coalition to Promote ADUs image

Council Launches Statewide Casita Coalition to Promote ADUs

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The Bay Area Council has launched a new statewide coalition to expand construction of accessory dwelling units, aka “cas...
Big Plans for Expanding Regional Rail Service image

Big Plans for Expanding Regional Rail Service

Regional rail operators have big plans for the future of transit. Representatives from ACE Rail, BART, Caltrain, and Valle...
Council-Sponsored Homelessness Bill Advances image

Council-Sponsored Homelessness Bill Advances

Two weeks after releasing a groundbreaking report on homelessness in the Bay Area, a B...
Council CEO Skewers IPO Tax Proposal image

Council CEO Skewers IPO Tax Proposal

A proposal this week to tax IPO stock-based compensation brought swift condemnation from Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderma...
Economic Institute Insights: Regional Job Growth Surges image

Economic Institute Insights: Regional Job Growth Surges

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Bay Area job growth surged again in March led by gains in information and professional services in the San Francisco and S...
Report Launch: Building an Inclusive Economy image

Report Launch: Building an Inclusive Economy

Join the Bay Area Council Economic Institute for the launch of its new report in partnership with LeadersUp: B...
In Ominous Sign, Net Migration to Bay Area Turns Negative; First Time in a Decade image

In Ominous Sign, Net Migration to Bay Area Turns Negative; First Time in a Decade

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In an ominous sign for the Bay Area economy and labor market, net migration to the region turned negative for the first ti...
Oh Canada! New Report Highlights Strong Economic, Innovation Ties with Bay Area image

Oh Canada! New Report Highlights Strong Economic, Innovation Ties with Bay Area

Strong and growing economic connections between the Bay Area/Silicon Valley and Canada are helping fuel a vibrant cross-bo...
Council Takes Positions on Numerous Housing Bills image

Council Takes Positions on Numerous Housing Bills

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The Bay Area Council’s Housing Committee met this week to determine positions on a raft of state housing bills. The meet...
After 20 Years, Time to Increase Cal Grant Funding for Students Attending Private Colleges image

After 20 Years, Time to Increase Cal Grant Funding for Students Attending Private Colleges

The buying power of Cal Grant financial aid for students attending independent nonprofit colleges and universities has plu...
Solving Local Transit Barriers through Public Private Partnerships image

Solving Local Transit Barriers through Public Private Partnerships

The Bay Area Council brought together top employers in the Peninsula with local government elected leaders to openly engag...
Council Partners with James Irvine Foundation to Address Poverty image

Council Partners with James Irvine Foundation to Address Poverty

Almost half of all California workers are struggling with poverty. Recognizing the inequities and challenges this poses fo...
Port of Oakland Delivering Big Economic Benefits image

Port of Oakland Delivering Big Economic Benefits

The Port of Oakland supports 84,144 jobs in the Bay Area and 20% of those jobs are Oakland-based, according to an
Member Spotlight: BPM Helping Low-Income Students Realize College Dreams image

Member Spotlight: BPM Helping Low-Income Students Realize College Dreams

As stewards of the Bay Area, Bay Area Council members are constantly seeking opportunities to better serve the region we c...
Groundbreaking Report Shines Light on Regional Homelessness Crisis image

Groundbreaking Report Shines Light on Regional Homelessness Crisis

The Bay Area’s homeless crisis ranks among the most severe in the United States, according to a groundbreaking new study...
Big Week in Sacramento for Council-Supported Legislation image

Big Week in Sacramento for Council-Supported Legislation

Fanning out across hearing rooms in the state capitol, Bay Area Council policy leaders this week testified in support of f...
Encouraging Ruling in Regional Measure 3 Court Case image

Encouraging Ruling in Regional Measure 3 Court Case

Funding from an almost $5.6 billion regional transportation ballot measure that the Bay Area Council helped pass in 2017 ...
Paula Downey Goes Out on Top image

Paula Downey Goes Out on Top

The Bay Area Council congratulates Executive Committee member Paula Downey on her retirement last week as President and CE...
Announcing 2019 Pacific Summit with Gov. Gavin Newsom image

Announcing 2019 Pacific Summit with Gov. Gavin Newsom

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Mark your calendar for one of the Bay Area Council's most anticipated and thought-provoking events of the year. The 2019 P...
Report: Bay Area Homeless Crisis among Worst in the Country image

Report: Bay Area Homeless Crisis among Worst in the Country

The Bay Area’s homeless crisis ranks among the most severe in the United States, according to a groundbreaking new study...
Key Housing Bills Clear First Hurdle image

Key Housing Bills Clear First Hurdle

Key legislation the Bay Area Council supports to address California’s housing crisis cleared an important first hurdle t...
Much Work to Do to Close Gender Pay Gap image

Much Work to Do to Close Gender Pay Gap

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More than 50 years since the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women still are paid just .80 cents for every dollar pa...
What’s the Future of Work in the Age of AI? image

What’s the Future of Work in the Age of AI?

As our workforce continues to change and expand in the age of technology, artificial intelligence (AI) will play a critica...
Highlighting Importance of the World’s Bay Areas image

Highlighting Importance of the World’s Bay Areas

The Bay Area Council took center stage as co-hosts of the Global Bay Areas Cooperation and Development Forum (GBAF) last F...
Unicorns Prancing in the Bay Area image

Unicorns Prancing in the Bay Area

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The Bay Area is home to more than half of all U.S.-based “unicorns,” according to a new analysis by the Bay Area Counc...
Advocacy Pays Off on Peninsula Express Lane Project image

Advocacy Pays Off on Peninsula Express Lane Project

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Easing traffic on one of the Bay Area’s most economically productive corridors through Silicon Valley has long been one...
Council Welcomes United States Ambassador to the European Union image

Council Welcomes United States Ambassador to the European Union

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The Bay Area Council on Wednesday (March 27) welcomed U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland for a wide-ran...
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Getting Into the Zone

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The Bay Area Council is getting in the zone, the Opportunity Zone, that is. The 2017 federal tax reform created Opportunit...
Bay Area Council Announces Support for STEM Legislation image

Bay Area Council Announces Support for STEM Legislation

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The Bay Area Council is supporting crucial legislation to expand access to computer science education in K-12 classrooms.&...
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The Apprentice (Bay Area Style)

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Expanding apprenticeship opportunities is a key strategy in the Bay Area Council’s efforts to meet the region’s growin...
Partner Spotlight: Golden State Opportunity’s CalEITC4Me Campaign image

Partner Spotlight: Golden State Opportunity’s CalEITC4Me Campaign

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Every year hard working Californians leave roughly $2 billion on the table. That’s money working families and individuals could have claimed thro...
Iconic Bay Area Flintstone Home Under Stone Age Criticism image

Iconic Bay Area Flintstone Home Under Stone Age Criticism

Last week the city of Hillsborough filed a lawsuit against the homeowner of the landmark Flintstone House nestled in the hills off of I-280. A long...
Developing the Next Generation of Aspiring Change Makers in A City Classroom image

Developing the Next Generation of Aspiring Change Makers in A City Classroom

Using the Bay Area as a classroom, the Coro Fellows Program develops emerging leaders to work and lead acro...
Homelessness: Causes, Consequences and Solutions image

Homelessness: Causes, Consequences and Solutions

The Bay Area has one of the largest and least sheltered homeless populations in the United States, but does little to coordinate resources at a reg...
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We Messed with Texas

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It was the Golden State against the Lone Star State on Thursday night at the Commonwealth Club, as Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman...
Council Sponsors Housing Legislation to Address Missing Middle image

Council Sponsors Housing Legislation to Address Missing Middle

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State lawmakers are working furiously to push a suite of housing legislation encompassing over 200 bills and secure endorsements ahead of committe...
Ferry Service Coming to Berkeley? image

Ferry Service Coming to Berkeley?

A public planning process for connecting Berkeley to a fast-growing regional ferry system got the thumbs up this week from the City Council. Berkel...
LinkedIn Report Highlights Importance of Council’s Upskilling Work image

LinkedIn Report Highlights Importance of Council’s Upskilling Work

The pace of hiring may slow nationally in the coming months, according to a recent report by Bay Area Council member LinkedIn that highlights the i...
Former Council Chair Michael Covarrubias Profiled image

Former Council Chair Michael Covarrubias Profiled

Even if you have not crossed paths with Michael Covarrubias in business or socially, it’s likely that as a Bay Area resident you have had indir...
Tour Showcases North Bay Rebuilding Opportunities image

Tour Showcases North Bay Rebuilding Opportunities

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As the North Bay continues to rebuild following the devastating 2017 fires, the Bay Area Council today led a group of real estate developers and in...
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New Regional Housing Authority Proposed

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Strengthening regional approaches to solving the housing crisis has long been a major advocacy focus for the Bay Area Council, so we were encourage...
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Celebrating Gender Equity on International Women’s Day

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Today (March 8) we celebrate International Women's Day. The Bay Area Council joins the global community in celebrating the women who support our co...
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A Passage to India

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The Bay Area Council on March 4 welcomed newly-appointed Indian Ambassador to the United States Harsh Vardan Shringla on his first trip to the Bay ...
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Connecting Students to Careers at SFO

For the second consecutive year, the Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee partnered with the San Francisco International Airport ...
Flexibility Critical to Preserving Millions of Independent Contractors Jobs image

Flexibility Critical to Preserving Millions of Independent Contractors Jobs

A move to modernize state labor laws could jeopardize millions of California jobs—from real estate agents to graphic designers—if changes now b...
Developing Regional Talent Development Network image

Developing Regional Talent Development Network

Education and training are critical elements in developing an inclusive and diverse workforce, but the connections between employers and educators/...
Advancing Workforce Digitalization and Economic Inclusion image

Advancing Workforce Digitalization and Economic Inclusion

As technology continues to impact the development of our workforce, big questions are emerging about maintaining and growing economic inclusivity i...
Council Applauds Gov. Newsom’s Action on Trade image

Council Applauds Gov. Newsom’s Action on Trade

The Bay Area Council applauded Gov. Gavin Newsom’s action this week (Feb. 28) appointing Lt. Gov. and former U.S. Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis as ...
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Searching for Solutions to Growing Homelessness Crisis

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Top leaders gathered in Sacramento this week (Feb. 28) in search of solutions to California’s housing and homelessness crisis at a summit convene...
Atmospheric River a Reminder of Bay Area Vulnerability to Extreme Storms image

Atmospheric River a Reminder of Bay Area Vulnerability to Extreme Storms

A second atmospheric river pummeled Northern California this week, bringing historic rain, flooding, snow and winds, prompting Gov. Gavin Newsom to...
Member Spotlight: Sutter Health Opens New CPMC Van Ness Campus in SF image

Member Spotlight: Sutter Health Opens New CPMC Van Ness Campus in SF

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San Francisco residents now have a modern new hospital at their doorstep as Sutter prepares to open the doors to its new California Pacific Medical...
Construction Leadership Convenes to Grow Workforce Pipelines Across Region image

Construction Leadership Convenes to Grow Workforce Pipelines Across Region

The Bay Area Council convened top employers in the construction industry for the first-of-its-kind Occupational Council this week (Feb. 19) to addr...
Council and Community Partners Host President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Summit in Oakland image

Council and Community Partners Host President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Summit in Oakland

The Bay Area Council served on the local host committee for the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Rising! Summit held in Oakland this week...
Council Reviews Key Housing Legislation image

Council Reviews Key Housing Legislation

The LAO urged the Legislature to focus more on lower income housing than the “missing middle” where Governor placed a lot of emphasis. As Calif...
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Chinese New Year Event Honors Legendary Florence Fang

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A packed room of Bay Area Council members, partners and friends gathered Wednesday (Feb. 13) to honor Florence Fang with the Global Leadership Awar...
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Reports of Death of High Speed Rail Greatly Exaggerated

No, high speed rail in California is not dead. Despite some initial confusion over remarks in his state of the state address this week, Gov. Gavin ...
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Council Works to Strengthen Healthcare Talent Pipeline

The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee recently conducted its first medical assistant Occupational Council 2019, examining ways...
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Member Spotlight: Postmates

Postmates is exploring policy solutions with lawmakers to address workforce challenges in the gig economy. Last month, Postmates expressed support ...
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Shape the Future of the Bay Area

The Bay Area is a place of incredible innovation, transformation and progress. And for almost 75 years, the Bay Area Council has been the leading s...
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Council Sounds Alarm Bell for Regional Action on Extreme Storms

An atmospheric river battering the Bay Area and Northern California should serve as a powerful reminder of the mounting risks and costs the region ...
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Member Spotlight: Accenture Unveils New Innovation Hub

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Accenture this week (Feb. 6) opened a flagship innovation hub in the iconic Salesforce Tower. The hub is a state-of-the-art destination where cli...
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Economic Forecast: Slower Growth a Good Thing?

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Is a looming recession about to hit? That question was on the top of everyone’s mind this morning as the Bay Area Council Economic Institute conv...
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Homes, Not Walls

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An ill-advised attempt at humor by a Silicon Valley mayor brought a strong backlash from housing advocates this week and put a spotlight on the Bay...
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Council Hears from State Water Board Chair on Controversial Cuts

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Against a backdrop of lawsuits and accusations of water grabs, state Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus addressed a packed house a...
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BART Readies Early Bird Bus Service as Seismic Project Nears

As BART gets ready to begin a critical seismic retrofit of the Transbay Tube it’s ...
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Bay Area Cities Dominate Best-Performing Ranking

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Bay Area (and megaregion) cities again dominated an annual ranking of the nation’s best-performing cities. The ranking by the esteemed Milken Ins...
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Member Spotlight: Auerbach International

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For almost three decades, Auerbach International has expanded its clients into countries and cultures b...
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Register for North Bay Development Tour

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In the wake of the tragic North Bay fires, civic leaders in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County enacted a sweeping package of incentives to promote more f...
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Working at SFO: A Spotlight on Hospitality in the Aviation Industry

Jobs, jobs, jobs! This was what over 80 educators, talent trainers, employers, and other community stakeholders took away from Working at SFO on Th...
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Getting Serious about Hovercraft

With ridership soaring on regional water transit, Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman thinks it’s time to take a much closer look at adding hoverc...
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Mourning a True Bay Area Hero

The Bay Area and San Francisco Giants fans everywhere mourned the death this week (Jan. 27) of Peter Magowan, whose boyhood love for the team would...
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Statement on Pacific Gas & Electric Reorganization Plans

The Bay Area Council issued the following statement on the announcement by PG&E that it plans to file for Chapter 11 reorganization. PG&E w...
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Bold Regional Plan Offers Unique Opportunity to Significantly Help Fix the Bay Area’s Painful Housing Crisis

Solving the Bay Area’s epic housing crisis will require a wide range of strategies and a considerable amount of give and take among a diverse mix...
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Council Cements Partnership with Key Chinese City

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Fresh from cementing a new partnership agreement with the Chinese city of Nanjing, the Bay Area Council hosted a reception on Monday (Jan. 7) for t...
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Member Spotlight: 49ers Home Field Shines in Championship

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No Bay Area sports teams hoisted a trophy from the NCAA football title game on Monday, but the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium was in championship form. ...
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Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget a Good First Step for Addressing California’s Major Challenges

The Bay Area Council applauded Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2019-20 budget as a good first step in addressing California’s major challenges whi...
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Former Council Chair Mendonca Named Chief Economic, Business Advisor to Gov.-elect Newsom

The Bay Area Council today (Jan. 5) heartily applauded the appointment of its former chair, Lenny Mendonca, to serve as Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom’s...
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Seattle Shows Benefits of Increasing Housing Supply

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Funny how the whole supply/demand thing works when it comes to housing. A recent story in the —even as the region grows. It’s a message the Bay...
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Another Milestone for Regional Ferry Service Expansion

For the second time in as many months, regional ferry service expansion will celebrate another important milestone. The Water Emergency Transportat...
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Optimism, Anxiety over Water Plan and Bay Restoration

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The Bay Area Council Water Committee received mixed news as state regulators continued their plan to reclaim water from the Bay Area and other regi...
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Resounding Council YES to Denser Housing near Transit

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The Bay Area Council Housing Committee this week endorsed Sen. Scott Wiener’s revised legislation aimed at increasing housing density near public...

State Approves Water Cuts; SF Eyes Plan Warily

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State regulators approved a controversial water plan late Wednesday (Dec. 12) that the Bay Area Council Economic Institute
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Council Gives Big Thumbs Down to Texting Tax

A proposal by the California Public Utilities Commission to tax text messaging got a strong thumbs down this week from the Bay Area Council and oth...
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Meeting California’s Advanced Energy Workforce Needs

The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee partnered with California Community Colleges to host an Advanced Energy Industry Roundta...
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Expanding Economic Opportunity in the Megaregion

The economic and social progress of the North San Joaquin Valley (NSJV) was discussed recently at the University of the Pacific’s Center for Busi...
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Member Spotlight: Alston & Bird, Celebrating 10 Years in CA

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2018 marks a year of celebration for Alston & Bird, a leading national law firm that provides a full ra...
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How an Earthquake and a Helicopter Ride Led to Regional Water Transit

The creation of the Bay Area’s modern-day regional water transit service may have all started with an earthquake and a helicopter ride. Renowned ...

Wiener Returns with New Housing-Transit Bill

State Sen. Scott Wiener is stepping up again to address California’s massive housing crisis, this week introducing legislation that would require...
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Council Briefs Gov.-elect Newsom on Megaregion Project

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Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom received a briefing today on research the Bay Area Council Economic Institute is doing that examines the important economic...

Workforce of the Future Completes Morgan Family Foundation Grant

The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future team successfully completed outcomes for a second grant from the Morgan Family Foundation. The gra...

Celebrating the Year of the Pig

Join the Bay Area Council for its 9th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on February 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Fr...

Member Spotlight: SENER

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Perspective matters. And though 10 years may not seem like a long time to some, to the engineering and technology group,

Damning Report Highlights What Council Has Been Saying for Years

A damning report the California Air Res...

Council, KPMG Explore Exciting New Opportunity Zone Program

Dozens of impoverished and low-income areas around the Bay Area are eligible for investment under a new federal O...

Workforce of the Future Completes Grant with Citi Foundation

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The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future initiative wound down a successful grant with the Citi Foundation at the end of November. The gran...

SF State Announces Largest Gift in Its History

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From one Bay Area Council member to another, San Francisco State University President Leslie Wong recently announced the largest gift in the school...

Member Spotlight: CSAA Insurance Group

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CSAA Insurance Group, an AAA insurer, joins a small group of private financiers to invest in a new Forest Resilience Bond that funds the upfront co...

Many Ways to Help Victims of Deadly Fires

Northern California too soon is reeling from a deadly fire. The Camp Fire in Butte County exploded to become one of the state’s most destructive ...

Hall of Fame Honors Business, Civic & Philanthropic Leadership

A star-studded audience of more than 700 celebrated business, civic and philanthropic leadership on Thursday at the Bay Area Council’s 73rd

Call to Action for Tech Apprenticeships

Tech companies often poach talent from one another, competing for the same employees in the region in order to fill critical technical positions, a...

Election Results Point to Need for More Regional Cooperation

Tuesday’s election produced some great news on the housing and transportation fronts, but it was more difficult to divine a clear overarching mes...

Council’s Wunderman among the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs

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Great leadership, vision and values. Those were the themes of the San Francisco Business Times’ Most Admired CEOs Awards on Thursday celebrating ...

Council Opens New Office and New Agreements in China – Greeted Warmly At President Xi’s Trade Event

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The U.S. and China may be locked in a simmering trade war, but that didn’t dampen the warm reception the Bay Area Council received as it led a de...

Council Works to Address Aviation Maintenance Labor Shortfall

Airline officials met this week with faculty from five Bay Area community colleges for the last of a series of Occupational Councils the Bay Area C...

Members Making News: Sutter Health, Heller Manus

Sutter Health’s Mills-Peninsula Medical Center recently announced the launch of a new groundbreaking approach to avoid delays in treating ...
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As Election Day Nears, No Time for Complacency

With the election just days away, new polling shows voters siding with the Bay Area Council on two of the most hotly contested propositions on the ...

Council Welcomes New Chinese Consul General

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Sino-American relations may be strained, but that isn’t interfering with the Bay Area Council’s long-standing work to advance regional economic...

California’s Housing Horrors

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California is producing just seven units of housing for every 10 new households, according to a report by Up for Growth that was the focus of a dis...

Member Spotlight: Claremont Club & Spa

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The historic Claremont Club & Spa perched in the verdant Berkeley hills was the sett...

Bay Area – Germany Dialogue on Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0

From November 7 – 9, the Bay Area hosts a German delegation of Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0 leaders, including the recipient of the Frost &...

Highways to Hell

On the remote chance Bay Area commuters weren’t aware how awful their commutes are, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission this week released...

Strengthening Career Pathways for Community College Students

Construction in the Bay Area is booming, which is presenting serious challenges for many companies that badly need workers for a variety of importa...

So Much for the Demise of Silicon Valley

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While some outsiders see a decline of Silicon Valley, a major announcement by JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon suggests the news of its death may be...

ANNUAL DINNER: TICKETS NOW ON SALE, TABLES SELLING OUT

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Don't miss the business leadership event of the year! Tables are going quickly - and tickets are now on sale - for our 73rd Annual Dinner & Bu...

New Data: Bay Area’s Roads Worst in the Country

With absentee ballots arriving in mailboxes and election day just a few weeks off, new data released this week on California’s deteriorating road...

Leaders Share Ideas on Family-Friendly Workplaces

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How do companies create family-friendly workplace policies to advance gender equity? The Bay Area Council on Wednesday (Oct. 17) hosted the Future ...

Employers Weigh In on Creating an Inclusive Workforce

Business giants Airbnb, Genentech, Nibbi Brothers General Contractors, and Salesforce joined the Bay Area Council on Monday (Oct. 15) at Airbnb to ...

As Ferry Ridership Grows, a New Vessel Commissioned

There’s more good news in the push to accelerate the expansion of regional ferry service. The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) thi...

Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Dismantle Hetch Hetchy

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The California Supreme Court on Wednesday (Oct. 17) pounded yet another nail in the coffin of a misguided effort to tear down the system that provi...

Election 2018: Where the Council Stands

Political campaigns are heating up. Absentee ballots are arriving. Votes are being cast. There are critical issues on the November ballot that will...

Trip Highlights Potential of Hovercraft on the Bay

The gate opened at the bow of the vessel, a black skirt draped around its hull. We boarded and took our seats. Within minutes, the boat rose quickl...

Tracking Rebuilding Progress One Year after North Bay Fires

On the one-year anniversary of the horrible North Bay fires, Bay Area Council Economic Institute President Micah Weinberg joined KQED Forum this we...

Career Fair Focuses on Highly Skilled Immigrants and Refugees

In the United States, two million skilled immigrants and refugees currently face under-employment or unemployment. In partnership with Upwardly Glo...

SF Business Times Names Its Most Admired CEOs of 2018

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You'll never guess who was named one of the San Francisco Business Times outstanding CEOs of 2018? That's right.  We are thrilled to announce th...

Member Spotlight: United Airlines Flexes Economic Muscle at SFO

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United Airlines recently held its SFO Family Day to show off its United San Francisco maintenance facility that includes 15 buildings on 144 acres,...

Partner Spotlight: CA Competes Report Examines College Dropout Problem

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California Competes today released its latest report, Back to College...

Dismal Grades for California’s Bridges, Roads and Transit

Good thing California’s bridges, roads and transit aren’t trying to get into a top tier college. More likely, they’d be placed on academic pr...

Merced Visit Highlights Megaregion, Public-Private Partnerships

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The important role of Merced and UC Merced in the growing Northern California megaregion was the focus of a recent trip the Bay Area Council made t...

Council-Backed Bills Provide New Tools to Combat Homelessness

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This year’s legislative session closed with Governor Brown signing three Bay Area Council-backed bills aimed at easing California’s spiraling h...

Career Fairs Focus on Increasing Workforce Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion

Career fairs the Bay Area Council helped support and organize in the past several weeks with partners LeadersUp and Work2Future connected hundreds ...

Member Spotlight: Alaska Airlines Goes Back to School

In celebration of “Back to School,” Alaska Airlines along with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and the San Francisco Police D...

Learning from Portland’s Regional Governance Model

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A Bay Area Council delegation of business and government leaders traveled to Portland, Ore., this week to see what we can learn about that region...

City Manager Resignation Highlights Housing Frustration

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The city manager of tony Lafayette submitted his resignation this week in a move that reflected the growing frustration many in the Bay Area feel a...

Road Funding Repeal & Rent Control Ballot Propositions Trailing

Two key California propositions that the Bay Area Council has made mission critical for the November election appear to be trending favorably, acco...

Major Water Districts Join California Resilience Challenge

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Santa Clara Valley Water District today (Sept. 26) announced they have joined the

Housing Advocacy Paying Off

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There was encouraging news on the housing front this week as several projects the Bay Area Council was supporting won approval. It may not end a cr...

Getting a First Hand Look at North Bay Fire Recovery

The deadly and devastating fires were long ago extinguished, but the difficult work of recovering and rebuilding continues in the North Bay. To und...

Can the Bay Area Hover Its Way Out of Traffic?

In the 1930s, a fleet of ferry boats carried about 55 million passengers a year in the Bay Area (adjusted for population, twice the ridership of BA...

Combatting Toxic Workplace Cultures

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We Said Enough and #MeToo movement leader Adama Iwu, Vice President of State and Community Relations for Visa, joined the Bay Area Council Gender E...

Member Spotlight: AIM Addresses Looming Aviation Maintenance Worker Shortage

As a wave of retirements threatens a labor shortage in the aviation maintenance industry, Bay Area Council member Aviation Institute of Maintenance...

Warriors’ Rick Welts Adds Hall of Famer to His Title

Rick Welts hasn’t scored a single point, made a single steal or grabbed even one rebound since he began an almost 50-year career in the NBA in 19...

Council Members Take Center Stage at Global Climate Summit

Gov. Jerry Brown convened leaders from around the world in San Francisco this week for the Global Climate Action Summit and many Bay Area Council m...

Career Fair Focuses on Opportunities for Youth of Color

The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee this week (Sept. 20) partnered with Work2Future on a San Jose career fair that focused o...

Closing the Skills Gap across Industries

Fierce demand and competition for workforce talent is steering a growing number of tech companies, including Google, Amazon, IBM and Tesla, to buil...

Leveraging Tech, Innovation to Address Regional Challenges

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The Bay Area Council this week was thrilled to partner with member company TechCrunch on Disrupt SF 2018, one of the technology industry’s bigges...

CA Faces Staggering $1 Trillion Infrastructure Funding Gap

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California’s vibrant economy and communities rely on an extensive infrastructure network of highways, bridges, ports, levees, rail lines, schools...

Hetch Hetchy Tour Highlights Latest Threat to the System

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Bay Area Council Water Committee Chairs Andy Ball and Jim Levine this week led a coalition of business leaders on an overnight tour of the Hetch He...

Gavin Newsom Outlines Priorities at Council Forum

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom visited the Bay Area Council on Tuesday to talk about his bid to become California’s next governor and share his insights o...

SF Mayor Breed Addresses Council Members at Annual Meeting

It was a double-header at the 2018 Annual Members Meeting this week (Aug. 27) as Bay Area Council members gathered at AT&T Park to hear from ke...

Council Urges Governor’s Signature on Key Bills

It ain’t over until Gov. Brown signs, but the Bay Area Council this week was still cheering one of its most successful legislative campaigns in r...

Council Hosts India’s Technology Minister

On August 28 the Bay Area Council hosted a private dinner in Palo Alto with the Hon. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s Minister of Electronics, IT, La...

Flawed Plan Would Decimate Bay Area Water Reliability

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(This opinion piece ran in the San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 28, 2018) By Jim Wunderman Apart from a famous Mark Twain quote involving...

Stupski Foundation Grant Propels Occupational Councils

Innovative Occupational Councils (OCs) the Bay Area Council launched this year to address workforce gaps in key industries have exceeded expectatio...

Key Council-Backed Housing Legislation Advances

Legislation (SB 1227, Skinner) the Bay Area Council sponsored to address a critical statewide shortage of affordable student housing is headed to G...

Council-Backed BART Housing Bill Clears Senate

Legislation the Bay Area Council is supporting that would usher in tens of thousands of new housing units near BART stations passed the Senate this...

Pushing Back on Business, Jobs Taxes

A number of Bay Area cities are teeing up new taxes on the November ballot aimed at jobs and business that will hurt the region’s economic compet...

Member Spotlight: UC Merced Celebrates Completion of First Phase of ‘2020 Project’

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The University of California, Merced — the newest campus in the 10-school University of California syste...

JP Morgan Chase Grant Fuels Innovative Workforce Program

JPMorgan Chase & Co. continues its commitment to the Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future program with a $100,000 grant. These funds wi...

Partner Spotlight: 42 Silicon Valley

The Bay Area Council's Workforce of the Future Committee is always looking for organizations to partner with that are committed to expanding access...

Council Partners on Leading Tech Industry Conference

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The Bay Area Council is partnering with TechCrunch on its biggest, most-anticipated event of the year. Disrupt SF 2018 will be held September 5-7 i...

Council Works the Capitol Halls as Legislative Deadlines Near

State lawmakers were working furiously this week to wrap up the current legislative session and the Bay Area Council was working furiously to ensur...

Council CEO Again Named to Top 100 Influencers List

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For the fourth straight year, Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman was named to the

New Report: Expanding Rent Control Hurts Local Coffers

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Expanding rent control will chill investment in new and existing housing and reduce local tax revenues by tens of millions of dollars annually, acc...

Bad Roads Costing Bay Area Commuters Thousands

Bad roads and highways cost many Bay Area commuters upwards of almost $3,000 a year in wasted time, vehicle repairs and other costs, according to a...

Mentorship Programs Valuable for Growing New Leaders

Mentorships are a valuable way for employers to grow leadership from within their ranks, while building employee satisfaction through repeated enga...

Breakfast with Ravi Shankar Prasad

The California Business Roundtable, California Chamber of Commerce, Bay Area Council, DLA Piper, and The Westly Group, in partnership with NASSCOM,...

A Bay Area-Europe Collaboration on Cybersecurity Education

EIT Digital and Bay Area Council member UC Berkeley have joined forces to launch Cybersecurity...

Council Urges Stronger Police Response to BART Crime

Despite a spasm of violent and deadly attacks on BART, wavering confidence in the system and a depleted police force, the mass transportation agenc...

As Housing Crisis Grows, Council Convenes Top Leaders to Identify Solutions

The Bay Area Council Housing Committee on Wednesday (Aug. 8) convened a powerhouse group of elected, labor, government and industry leaders at our ...

Sen. Feinstein Leads Landmark Shoreline Restoration Project Launch

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein led a group of local, state and federal officials in a ceremony Friday in San Jose’s Alviso neighborhood launching the Sout...

Advanced Manufacturing: Gears are Turning

The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee convened its first Advanced Manufacturing Occupational Council on Wednesday, August 1 to...
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New Report: Overcoming CA’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Deficit

With California facing a $1 trillion infrastructure deficit between now and 2050, a new Bay Area Council Economic Institute report explores how pub...

Council CEO Calls for Regional “Mutual Aid” Response for BART

Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman today (Aug. 8) called for an immediate regional “mutual aid” response by Bay Area law enforcem...

New Tariffs to Escalate Construction Costs Impacting Bay Area’s Housing Production and Prices

Tariffs of 20% the Trump administration imposed last year on imports of Canadian softwood lumber, and more recent tariffs of 15% and 10% on steel a...
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Bay Area Cities Approve, Deny New Taxes on Business

A number of cities across the Bay Area have been pursuing initiatives to increase taxes on businesses with stated goals of generating revenue amid ...

73rd Annual Dinner & Business Hall of Fame to Honor Business and Philanthropic Titans

Mark your calendar for the Bay Area Council’s signature celebration of the region's top business, civic and community leadership. The 73rd Annual...

Modernizing The Master Plan: The Future of Higher Ed in California

On August 14, the Assembly Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, chaired by Assemblymember Berman (Palo Alto), wi...

Start-Up Competition Highlights Bay Area-China Connections

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As part of our ongoing work to build stronger economic and innovation connections between the Bay Area and China, the Bay Area Council on Thursday ...

Workforce Engaged as a Partner in the Region

Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future has been active on all fronts, continuing to participate in regional events centered on workforce ...
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A Gusher of Water News

Water news was flowing this week as the Bay Area Council hit back at a new attempt to raze Hetch Hetchy reservoir, applauded funding for increased ...
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November Ballot Positions Announced

The Bay Area Council Executive Committee has adopted positions on a range of state and local ballot measures that voters will decide in November. ...

Responding to New Threat to Hetch Hetchy Water and Power System

The Bay Area Council today (July 24) issued the following statement following a recent visit by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Yosemite Nati...

Member Spotlight: Siebert’s Gary Hall Appointed Chair of National Securities Oversight Board

The Bay Area Council congratulates Executive Committee member Gary Hall for his appointment as Chair of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (...
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Napa Moves Proactively to Ease Onerous Granny Unit Fees

Reducing and eliminating onerous local fees that discourage homeowners from building accessory dwelling units (ADUs), aka granny units, is among th...
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Da Mayor Honored for Lifetime of Civil Rights Leadership

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Jr. was awarded the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal on Wednesday, July 18 for his lifelong commitment to the commu...

Member Spotlight: Landed

Founded in 2015 by Stanford Business School alumni facing the uncertainty of being able to afford to buy a home in the Bay Area themselves, Landed ...

Feds Surprise with $177M for Massive Sea Level Rise, Restoration Project

The South Bay is poised to become more resilient to rising sea levels, thanks to an unexpected decision from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fu...

Voters to Decide on Housing at Brisbane Baylands

The Bay Area would add 2,200 units of badly needed housing at an idle former industrial property located near transit under a proposal the Brisbane...
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Careers Take Flight at Working@SJC

Amid San Jose’s warm and sunny weather Tuesday afternoon, roughly 70 job seekers, educators, and talent trainers on Tuesday (July 17) attended Wo...

New Report: Tri-Valley Rising 2018

There’s a valley in the Bay Area that has been leading the region in job creation over the past 12 years, but it’s not the valley you might be ...

PROFILE X: BAY AREA JUMPS TO TOP 20 WORLD ECONOMIES

With a GDP of nearly $750 billion, the Bay Area is now a Top 20 world economy, jumping from 23 to 19 since 2016. This was just one of many key find...

ALAMEDA OKS 760-UNIT HOUSING PROJECT THAT COUNCIL ENDORSED

Alameda took a big step in adding much needed housing when the City Council on Tuesday (July 10) unanimously approved the EIR and Master Plan for A...

TRAFFIC RELIEF MEASURE HEADING TO SAN MATEO COUNTY BALLOT

Worsening traffic plagues the Bay Area, and San Mateo County commuters suffer from some of the worst of it. A 2017 Metropolitan Transportation Comm...

Statement Denouncing Misguided Regional Measure 3 Lawsuit

The Bay Area Council today (July 10) issued the following statement responding to a lawsuit seeking to invalidate Regional Measure 3 (RM3), an init...

ADVISORY: Bay Area Council Economic Institute to Unveil New Regional Economic Profile

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – This Tuesday the Bay Area Council Economic Institute will release its biannual comprehensive analysis of the regional economy...

STATEMENT: COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF GOVERNOR’S ESTABLISHMENT OF A WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

The Bay Area Council applauds Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislative Leadership’s decision to convene a conference committee dedicated to Wildf...

Endgame: Tariffs, Technology and China

This opinion piece by Bay Area Council Economic Institute Senior Director Dr. Sean Randolph appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal in ...

BART HOUSING BILL ADVANCES

The Bay Area would add 20,000 units of new transit-oriented housing, including 7,000 units designated as affordable for lower and middle income res...

STACEY ABRAMS TALKS WITH THE COUNCIL ON HER HISTORIC RUN FOR GEORGIA GOVERNOR

Stacey Abrams, whose historic run to become the first African American female governor in U.S history has captured national attention, was the feat...

KEVIN DURANT HELPS COUNCIL WELCOME ALASKA AIRLINES CEO BRAD TILDEN TO BAY AREA

It was a star power celebration Thursday as the Bay Area Council joined with member company Alaska Airlines to co-host a reception for Alaska Airli...

COUNCIL-BACKED WATER STORAGE PROJECTS MOVE CLOSER TO REALITY

Three important Bay Area water storage projects that originally were slated to receive zero or only a small portion of available state funding are ...

COUNCIL’S THREE HOUSING BILLS ADVANCE

All three of the bills the Bay Area Council is sponsoring to address California’s housing crisis advanced this week. The Council is sponsoring mo...

Council Urges Immediate Action on Comprehensive Federal Immigration Reform

The Bay Area Council today (June 20) issued the following statement on the urgent need for enacting comprehensive immigration reform and ending the...
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Opinion: What ZTE Deal Tells Us About Chinese Technological Prowess

(This OpEd by Bay Area Council Economic Institute Senior Director Sean Randolph ran in the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday, June 17.) B...
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Council Urges Legislative Action for Secure, Reliable Energy Future

The Bay Area Council on Friday, June 15 submitted the following letter urging Gov. Brown and state legislative leaders to take immediate action...

CONDOLEEZZA RICE, DAVID BROOKS & #METOO LEADERS WOW PACIFIC SUMMIT

The timing was ideal. As President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, guests at the Bay Area Council’s 2018 Pacific Sum...

REGISTER TODAY: MAPPING BIOTECH’S FUTURE IN THE BAY AREA

The Bay Area Council Workforce of the Future program will be hosting a 
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2018BACPoll: Voters Hold Dim View of Tax Reform, Immigration Crackdown

As the national debate on immigration rumbles – from banning or punishing so-called sanctuary cities, fortifying borders, ending Deferred Action ...

2018 BACPoll: 4 of 10 Have Witnessed Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Almost four out of 10 Bay Area voters say they have witnessed sexual harassment in the workplace and a ...
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2018 BACPoll: Can Transportation Tech Solve Bay Area Traffic?

Bay Area voters are embracing new automobile and transportation technologies, from ride-hailing apps to responsive traffic signals, drones and elec...
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BACPoll: Housing Frustration Spikes

Frustration over the Bay Area’s housing crisis intensified over the past year as the number of voters in the 2018 Bay Area Council Poll who say i...
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BACPoll: Voters Say They’d Pay to End Awful Traffic

Bay Area voters are so frustrated with the region’s horrific traffic that they are willing to dig deep—really deep—into their pockets to solv...
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BACPoll: More People Looking to Leave Bay Area as Housing, Traffic Problems Mount

Growing pessimism among voters about the overall direction the Bay Area is heading has more and more people thinking about heading for the doors. B...
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Study: 20 Strategies for Improving (or Worsening) Housing Crisis

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute today (May 29) released a study showing how 20 different strategies – from fast tracking mega projects to...

Bay Area Council Poll: Newsom Holds Strong Lead in Governor’s Race

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom holds a firm lead among Bay Area voters in the June primary to become California’s next Governor, according to the 2018...

THE COCA-COLA FOUNDATION TO HELP BAY AREA YOUTH “TASTE THE FEELING”

The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Initiative received a big boost of support from the Coca-Cola Foundation with a year-long grant to...

VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN FOR REGIONAL MEASURE 3

Absentee ballots began arriving this week in Bay Area mailboxes ahead of the June election and the Bay Area Council is urging early voters to suppo...

New Study Will Explore Opportunities for Expanding, Deepening Bay Area, Fresno, Central Valley Megaregion Connections

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Bay Area Council Economic Institute and Central Valley Community Foundation today announced the launch of an in-de...
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New Report: Early Childhood Care and Education Key to Advancing Gender Equity in the Workplace

Workplace cultures that promote and even reward crazy long hours are doing more than causing baggy, blood-shot eyes and caffeine addictions. They...

GOOD NEWS, NOT-SO-GOOD NEWS ON HOUSING

It was a good news, bad news week in the Bay Area Council’s continuing fight to loosen the grip of the state’s historic housing shortage and af...
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STATE ECONOMIC STRATEGY BILL ADVANCES

California is a global innovation and economic powerhouse, but currently does not have a statewide, comprehensive plan to grow its economy. That wo...
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HISTORIC VOTE TURNS THE TIDE FOR SAN FRANCISCO BAY

The San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority on Wednesday approved nearly $18 million in grants for wetlands restoration and flood protection projec...
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Charting a Course for Megaregion Coordination

A rising economy, a massive housing shortage and growing traffic in the Bay Area are causing major changes across the Northern California megaregio...
New Report: California’s Healthcare Sector Key to Meeting State Climate Action Goals image

New Report: California’s Healthcare Sector Key to Meeting State Climate Action Goals

New Report: California’s Healthcare Sector Key to Meeting State Climate Action Goals
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Council’s Board Welcomes Senator Feinstein and Mayor Schaaf

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf met with the Bay Area Council’s Board of Directors Thursday to discuss a range of pr...
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ON ONE HAND: GROWING CHINESE INVESTMENT IN THE BAY AREA MEGAREGION

As business and economic connections deepen across the Bay Area megaregion so do opportunities to attract greater foreign direct investment in ever...
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THUMBS UP FOR NEW HOUSING THAT COUNCIL BACKED

It won’t solve the region’s housing crisis alone, but it was a step in the right direction as the Millbrae City Council Tuesday (March 13) appr...
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OP-ED: KEEP INTERNATIONAL STARTUPS FLOWING TO THE BAY AREA

It’s no secret that the Bay Area is the leading place for technology, innovation and entrepreneurial activity in the nation. Not the only one, fo...
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OCCUPATIONAL COUNCILS TARGET SKILLS GAPS

Last Wednesday, the Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee wrapped up research for a one-year evaluation of its Occupational Counci...
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CELEBRATING WOMEN AND WORKING FOR GENDER EQUITY

The world celebrated International Women's Day on Thursday to honor the social, economic, and political achievements of women across the globe and ...
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COUNCIL-SPONSORED BILL TACKLES DEARTH OF STUDENT HOUSING

Across California an estimated 762,000 college students experience some form of housing insecurity or homelessness because of the state’s massive...
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TRAFFIC RANKING POINTS TO URGENCY FOR BIG INVESTMENT

Not that Bay Area residents need a reminder of how urgently we need to invest big on regional traffic relief, but a ranking released this week by c...
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LEADERS DISCUSS WAYS TO SOLVE THE BAY AREA’S HOUSING CRISIS

The Bay Area’s top business and political leaders converged at Facebook today (Feb. 9) to recommit themselves to addressing California’s housin...
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NEW BILL INTRODUCED ON SKILLED IMMIGRATION

In the ongoing immigration debate, the Bay Area Council places special importance on the issues surrounding skilled immigration – H-1B visas, the...
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THE SKY’S THE LIMIT: FIRST AVIATION CAREER EXPLORATION DAY IS A SUCCESS

Seeking to find solutions to their growing technical talent needs, Bay Area Council members Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, and San Francisco Int...
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Voters to Decide $4.5 Billion Traffic Relief, Transit Improvement Plan

The Bay Area Council today (Jan. 24)  loudly cheered a decision by the Bay Area Toll Authority to seek voter approval in June 2018 for Regional Me...
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REGIONAL MEASURE 3 TAKES IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD

A bold plan to invest $4.5 billion across the region to ease traffic and improve mass transit for millions of commuters took an important step forw...
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KEY MILESTONE IN SEA-LEVEL RISE DESIGN COMPETITION

The Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge entered its final phase on Thursday (Jan. 11), with each of the 10 world-class design teams being assign...
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WITH RECORD BUDGET PROPOSAL, GOV. BROWN SEES RAIN IN THE FUTURE

There hasn’t been a lot of rain so far this winter, but Gov. Jerry Brown had the wet stuff on his mind this week (Jan. 11) when he released a $19...
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THE YEAR OF HOUSING, ROUND II

Many folks in Sacramento called 2017 the Year of Housing for the 15 bills (many of which the Bay Area Council supported) that Gov. Jerry Brown sign...
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THE ART OF FERRIES

Expanding regional ferry service in the Bay Area continues to be a top priority for the Bay Area Council, and we have been inspired by the ambitiou...

11TH ANNUAL ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE ON JAN. 19

What is the economic outlook for the Bay Area in 2018 and beyond? How will national and international trends affect our region? Join the Bay Area C...
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2018 POLICY AGENDA TARGETS HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, WORKFORCE

Behind the Bay Area Council’s continuing advocacy, the California legislature this year took its first (albeit modest) actions to address the sta...
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BREAKING THE SILENCE ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The issue of sexual harassment has burst into the open in recent months as a growing number of women across the country have shared graphic and pai...
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FOCUS TURNS TO 2018 FOR ESCALATING RESPONSE TO CA HOUSING CRISIS

California’s housing crisis was the hot topic of a discussion the Bay Area Council Housing Committee hosted this week with special guest Eleni Ko...
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BANDING TOGETHER AGAIN TO HELP NORTH BAY FIRE VICTIMS

As winter approaches, there is growing urgency to help get shelter, medical care and other important services to the tens of thousands of residents...
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Bay Area Leads Nation in Squeezing Most Economic Value from Water

The Bay Area not only is one of the stingiest water users in the country it also squeezes more economic value out of every precious drop than any m...
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Tax Reform Proposal Misses the Mark

The Bay Area Council is a nonprofit nonpartisan public policy organization that represents many of the largest employers in the Silicon Valley/Bay ...
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California Businesses Launch Major New Climate Resilience Initiative

The Bay Area Council today launched the “California Climate Challenge,” a major new initiative to strengthen California’s resilience to clima...
Council Announces $3.3 Million for North Bay Fire Relief image

Council Announces $3.3 Million for North Bay Fire Relief

The Bay Area Council raised more than $3.3 million for North Bay fire relief during its Annual Dinner and Bay Area Business Hall of Fame event on N...
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BAY AREA BANDING TOGETHER FOR NORTH BAY FIRE RELIEF

The Bay Area Council this week announced it is partnering with a coalition of business and community leaders to promote Band Together Bay Area, a c...
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WHO ARE THE BAY AREA’S MOST ADMIRED CEOS?

The Bay Area Council is proud to partner with member San Francisco Business Times on one of the largest and most highly anticipated CEO award progr...
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Regional Coalition Submits Bid for Amazon HQ2

Leveraging a highly skilled and educated talent pool, a renowned innovation culture unmatched in the world and a slew of large transit-rich develop...
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SAN FRANCISCO STATE TO HONOR COUNCIL’S JIM WUNDERMAN

The Bay Area Council’s own Jim Wunderman will be honored as San Francisco State University Alumnus of the Year at the 2017 President’s Dinner &...
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REGIONAL HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION PLAN STARTING IN THE RED

An update to the Bay Area’s long-range regional housing and transportation planning roadmap, Plan Bay Area 2040 (PBA), has been finalized and we...
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TAKING NEW APPROACHES TO ADDRESSING REGION’S WORKFORCE NEEDS

Joined by leaders from industry, academia and philanthropy, the Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee on Monday (Oct. 2) explored ...
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FIRST IMPORTANT STEP IN ADDRESSING CA HOUSING CRISIS

California took an important first step today in addressing its massive housing crisis when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of legislation aimed ...

COUNCIL CHAIR BERNARD J. TYSON A NATIONAL VOICE ON BIPARTISAN HEALTHCARE FIX

The debate over the nation’s healthcare system continues to rage and Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO and Bay Area Council Chair Bernard J. Tys...

COUNCIL HEADLINES CHINA’S MAJOR INNOVATION WEEK PRESIDED OVER BY PREMIER LI KEQIANG

For over 10 years, the Bay Area Council has helped expand bilateral trade and investment between the Bay Area and the fast-emerging technology and ...

NEW POLL HIGHLIGHTS URGENCY FOR HOUSING SOLUTIONS

Results of a new statewide poll gave added urgency to the Bay Area Council’s efforts in securing Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature on legislation to...

COUNCIL WELCOMES BEIJING MAYOR, SIGNS MOU EXPANDING ECONOMIC COOPERATION

The Bay Area Council this week was honored to welcome Beijing Mayor Chen Jining to the Bay Area as he attended a ceremony for the signing of a memo...

TAKING OFF: COUNCIL LOOKS TO STRENGTHEN TALENT PIPELINE IN THE AVIATION INDUSTRY

Strengthening talent pipelines from high schools into technical training programs and improving the rate of community college graduates taking cert...

LEGISLATURE TAKES FIRST STEP IN ADDRESSING HOUSING CRISIS

The state legislature late Thursday (Sept. 15) took a first step in addressing California’s epic housing crisis by approving a package of bills a...

MAKING THE BAY RESILIENT BY DESIGN

Against the backdrop of record-breaking flooding in Houston and the Caribbean, the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge on Sunday (Sept. 10) anno...

MAJOR NEW BAY AREA INNOVATION CENTER IN CHINA ANNOUNCED

The Bay Area Council this week joined leaders from the Chinese district of Gulou to announce the launch of an exciting new Bay Area Innovation Cent...

Bay Area Coalition Hails Assembly Passage of Traffic Busting Bill

A coalition representing many of the Bay Area’s largest employers and millions of workers and residents today hailed the state Assembly passage o...

MAJOR TRANSPORTATION FUNDING MEASURE CLEARS CRITICAL HURDLE

After months of the Bay Area Council’s intense advocacy in Sacramento, a bill that could lead to major transportation improvement projects to eas...

OVER 80% OF COUNCIL MEMBERS OPPOSE RESCINDING DACA

The Bay Area Council joins with many others nationwide that are expressing serious policy concerns about the Trump Administration’s rescinding of...

SUPERVISOR TANG TALKS NEW LOCAL DENSITY PROGRAM FOR MISSING MIDDLE

The missing middle has become an increasing problem in the Bay Area, with affordable housing production aimed at low and very low income residents ...

DEVELOPING STRONG TALENT PIPELINES TO MEET GROWING WORKFORCE DEMANDS

“Casting a wide net” was agreed upon as a top priority by Bay Area Council member participants at the Workforce of the Future Committee’s thi...

Statement on Charlottesville Tragedy, Bay Area Rallies

The Bay Area Council today (Aug. 17) issued the following statement in response to reported plans by a white nationalist or similar group to hold a...

TALKING WORKFORCE, HOUSING & AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES WITH ASSEMBLYMEMBER BERMAN

How California and the Bay Area prepare for rapidly changing workforce needs was a major focus of a conversation today (Aug. 11) that the Bay Area ...

KEY CHINA PARTNER HONORED AS RISING INNOVATION STAR

A rising star in China’s fast-emerging technology and innovation sector that the Bay Area Council has been partnering with since our entry into t...

FLYING IN TO CLOSE AVIATION INDUSTRY WORKFORCE GAP

An expected surge in aviation maintenance jobs in the Bay Area in the next few years has industry leaders scrambling to find qualified workers. Emp...

WORKING TO CAPTURE BIGGER SHARE OF CHINESE INVESTMENT

Chinese investment in the U.S. is booming and the Bay Area Council is working to attract as much as possible to our region. Chinese foreign direct ...

BAY AREA WATER SUPPLIES DEPENDENT ON HEALTHY FORESTS

The impact of a century of fire suppression policies in the Sierra Nevada could have major implications for Bay Area water supplies, and the Bay Ar...

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: BACK TO SCHOOL AT ORACLE

If you visit Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, you'll see a new building under construction at the north end of campus. In early 2018, Design ...

BAY AREA JOBS-HOUSING IMBALANCE GROWS

The Bay Area’s jobs-housing imbalance is getting worse, adding to the region’s affordability crisis and threatening to undermine the region’s...

FERRY RIDERSHIP SOARS TO NEW HIGHS

Ridership on San Francisco Bay Ferry is soaring, highlighting the importance of the Bay Area Council’s continuing work to dramatically expand the...

COUNCIL URGES CAUTION ON NEW PROPOSAL TO LIMIT IMMIGRATION

The Bay Area Council issued the following statement responding to legislation introduced Wednesday (Aug. 2) by President Trump and Sens. Tom Cotton...

Bernard J. Tyson Elected Bay Area Council Chair

The Bay Area Council Executive Committee and Board of Directors on Wednesday (July 26) welcomed new Chair Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kai...

Council Scores Another Housing Win with New TOD Law

Legislation the Bay Area Council sponsored that could bring 20,000 units of new housing to the region got Gov. Brown’s signature last Friday (Jun...

Addressing Gender Bias in Workplace Communications

Gender differences in communications styles can often adversely affect women in the workplace, as men are more likely to talk more and suggest idea...

Sen. Monning Addresses Water Committee on Clean Water Fund

It’s estimated that as many as one million Californians (10 times the population of Flint, Michigan) lack access to safe, clean drinking water, m...

Advancing U.S.-China Cooperation on Financial Services Innovation

On Tuesday, the Council was joined by Fiona Ma, member of the California Board of Equalization, to honor 14 top banking officials from China’s ce...

Innovation Bridge: Technology, Startups, and Europe’s Connection to Silicon Valley

On July 25 the Economic Institute released its newest report—Innovation Bridge: Technology, Startups, and Europe’s Connection to Silicon Valley...

California Community College’s Career Education Rebranding Looking Good

On Friday (July 21), the California Community Colleges launched a new campaign the Bay Area Council had advocated for that will boost awareness of ...

Historic Caltrain Electrification Groundbreaking

Following years of hard work and advocacy, the Bay Area Council today joined Governor Jerry Brown, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Anna E...

Major Victory for California’s Clean Energy Future

This week marked a major victory for Governor Jerry Brown and California’s clean energy future with the legislature's bipartisan passage of a lan...

Council Says Goodbye to Friend, Colleague and Civic Leader Patricia Dando

Longtime San Jose leader Patricia Dando passed away on July 16 with her husband Bob and her family at her side. Pat, who was former Vice-Mayor of S...

Ronnie Lott, Dave Clark, and Leonard Williams Welcomed as BAYEP Champions

On Monday, the Bay Area Council and Bay Area Young Men of Color Employment Partnership (BAYEP) partner LeadersUp met with NFL star Ronnie Lott, KTV...

Innovation Bridge: Technology, Startups, and Europe’s Connection to Silicon Valley

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute, EIT Digital, and the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations invite you to ...

Statement: Caltrain Electrification Groundbreaking

MILLBRAE, CA— Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman today joined Governor Jerry Brown, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Anna ...

Council Hails Key Vote on Bill to Address Bay Area’s Traffic, Commute Crisis

Following weeks of intensive advocacy in the Bay Area and Sacramento, the Bay Area Council hailed yesterday’s pivotal vote by the Assembly Transp...

Next Steps for Businesses in the California-China Clean Energy Partnership

This week, the Council reunited participants of Governor Jerry Brown's recent Clean Energy delegation to Beijing, China to discuss next steps. Cali...

Water Committee Meeting set to discuss controversial bill with Senator Monning

The next meeting of the Bay Area Council Water Committee will feature special guest Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) to discuss SB 623. An estimat...

International Competition for Bay Resilience off to Huge Start

Last month, the Bay Area Council joined with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine and other Bay Area leaders to annou...

Bay Area Balance: Preserving Open Space, Addressing Housing Affordability

Failure to produce housing in the Bay Area’s urban core and near transit represents a serious threat to the region’s open space, according to a...

Coca Cola Looking to Bottle Bay Area Talent

On Wednesday the Bay Area Council Workforce of the Future team and Bay Area Young Men of Color Employment Partnership (BAYEP) colleague LeadersUp t...

Council Hails Key Vote on Bill to Address Bay Area’s Traffic, Commute Crisis

SAN FRANCISCO—Following weeks of intensive advocacy in the Bay Area and Sacramento, the Bay Area Council today hailed a pivotal vote by the Assem...

New Report: Underdevelopment of Urban Infill Jeopardizes Bay Area’s Economically Significant Open Space

Key Business, Environmental Groups Unite in Unprecedented Partnership A...

Key Vote on Bill to Authorize Regional Transportation Funding Measure

A critical vote is scheduled for Monday, July 10 in the Assembly Transportation Committee on legislation (SB 595) to authorize a regional transport...

Workforce Opportunities Soar at United

In a recent tour of United Airlines, the Bay Area Council Workforce of the Future team learned about the ample workforce career pathways offered in...

Council-backed Housing Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

The Bay Area Council today (July 6) cheered the passage by the California Legislature of a bill by state Sen. Bob Wieckowski (Fremont) that clears ...