Investing in America's Competitiveness: America 2050 Forum in Sacramento

California Senate President pro Tempore-Elect Darrell Steinberg will headline America 2050's regional infrastructure forum in Sacramento on December 2, 2008. Steinberg authored the groundbreaking new California law, SB-375, which provides incentives to regions who produce integrated land use and transportation plans to cut carbon emissions.

The forum, titled, "Investing in America's Competitiveness: An Infrastructure Strategy for the Nation and the Megaregion," will bring together 100 leaders from the business, civic, government, and academic communities in the Northern California megaregion to discuss a national and megaregional agenda for infrastructure investment that could shape the economic recovery plans of the Obama Administration and the new U.S. Congress in 2009.

The forum is hosted by a collaboration of Northern California civic and government organizations including the Bay Area Council, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), Sacramento Council of Governments, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and the San Joaquin Council of Governments, in conjunction with New York's Regional Plan Association.  It will contribute to an ongoing effort to create a national infrastructure plan that could shape an economic stimulus bill and economic recovery plan next year.  Leaders from the Northern California business, civic, government, and academic communities are encouraged to attend and help define this emerging federal-megaregion agenda. 

Download the Agenda.

For more information, please contact Lauren Straub at the Bay Area Council at (415) 946-8727 or

Investing in America's Competitiveness:
Infrastructure Investment Strategy for the Nation and the Northern California Megaregion

Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento, California
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
8:00 am to 3:45 pm

Featured speakers include:

Hon. Darrell Steinberg, Senate President pro Tempore-elect, California State Senate
Hon. Doris Mastui, US House of Representatives (D-CA)
Hon. Earl Blumenauer, US House of Representatives (D-OR)

Robert Yaro - President, Regional Plan Association
Polly Trottenberg - Executive Director, Building America's Future
Paul Rosenstiel - Deputy Treasurer, Office of California Treasurer
Joe Camicia - Chief of Staff, California Chief Information Officer
Dian Grueneich - Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
John Kirlin - Executive Director, Delta Vision Task Force
Jim Wunderman - President and CEO, Bay Area Council
Mike McKeever - Executive Director, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Gabriel Metcalf  - Executive Director, SPUR