Policy Challenges and Choices in the Northern California Megaregion


March 19: San Francisco - The Bay Area Council, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) and Regional Plan Association (RPA) convened a public panel discussion at SPUR on the emergence of the Northern California megaregion. Panelists reacted to a recent report by SPUR describing the Northern California megaregion and discussed collaborative solutions to challenges at this emerging scale. Panelists agreed: the report had heightened awareness to the economic, ecological and cultural connections across Northern California region.  Moderated by Bob Yaro, co-chairman of America 2050 and president of RPA, panelists included Angela-Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, Hon. Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento, Carol Whiteside, Founder of Great Valley Center, Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of Bay Area Council, and Gabriel Metcalf, Executive Director of SPUR. Read the extended entry for more information on the event and to download the Northern California Megaregion Report by SPUR. 

Angela-Glover Blackwell expressed that the megaregion scale suggests a fresh perspective to think about social equity goals and that we need to think about our relationship to each other within a large enough geography.  Jim Wunderman talked about a recent achievement of the Bay Area Council, which has been the convening of Northern California Trade Corridor Program, a coalition that is developing a coordinated Trade Corridor in the Northern California megaregion and increasing investments from all levels of government and private sector for the Altamont and Central Corridors. 

Click here for information on the Northern California Megaregion Report.