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Key Issues: Infrastructure
21st Century Infrastructure: Keeping California Connected, Powered, and Competitive focuses on the transformative potential of state-of-the-art investment in California infrastructure in two key fields: communications and energy. The report explains how improvements in these fields will affect the state’s economic competitiveness and makes public policy recommendations to help facilitate infrastructure investment.
—April 2015 (PDF: 48 pages, 3.5 MB)
The infrastructure video, published in connection with the May 2012 first-ever California Economic Summit, focuses on how investment in infrastructure is fundamental to the future of our economy.
Surviving the Storm examines economic impact questions about potential extreme storm events. California’s climate is famously volatile, with winters of devastating floods separated by years of remorseless drought. Following recent extreme storm events on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, what are the potential economic impacts of an extreme storm event in the Bay Area? What regions would be hardest hit? What can be done to improve regional defenses?
—March 2015 (PDF: 104 pages, 17.8 MB)
Tri-Valley Rising: Its Vital Role in the Bay Area Economy is an examination of the Tri-Valley’s assets and the transportation investments required for sustaining economic success.
—October 2014 (PDF: 55 pages, 1.6 MB)
In the Fast Lane: Improving Reliability, Stabilizing Local Funding, and Enabling the Transportation Systems of the Future in Alameda County analyzes Alameda County’s transportation system and its role in regional mobility, with a particular focus on the County’s Transportation Expenditure Plan.
—July 2014 (PDF: 76 pages, 14.8 MB)
The Economic Impact of Caltrain Modernization
This report addresses the short-term and the long-term economic implications of the Caltrain Modernization Program advanced signal system and electrification projects.
—June 2012 (PDF: 39 pages, 578 KB)
A State of Good Repair for BART: Regional Impacts Study
This study analyzes the consequences of not maintaining a state of good repair SGR for the BART system.
—May 2012 (PDF: 49 pages 1.3 MB)
At a time when public finances are severely constrained but demand for improved infrastructure is growing, public-private partnerships (P3) offer an attractive alternative for financing and operating California infrastructure. While P3 methods won’t be appropriate for all projects, and clear rules and supervision are necessary, they have been extensively and successfully used by a variety of other jurisdictions in the U.S. and around the world. Several Economic Institute studies assess the potential for P3 projects in California and the conditions under which the state is likely to attract investors.
A Comparative Analysis of the Public and Private Cost of Capital and Market Trends for Public Infrastructure Delivery When Taxable Infrastructure Financing Beats Tax-Exempt
—March 2015 (PDF: 10 pages, 194 KB)
An Assessment of Public-Private Partnership Opportunities for the Proposed Extension of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center to the Mission Bay Area of San Francisco
—March 2014 (PDF: 52 pages, 4.3 MB)
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory-University of California, Berkeley Richmond Bay Campus: Options and Considerations Regarding Its Development Utilizing Public Private Partnerships
—May 2013 (PDF: 15 pages, 280 KB)
Public-Private Partnership Opportunities for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
—March 2013 (PDF: 58 pages, 1.8 MB)
Accelerating Job Creation in California Through Infrastructure Investment: Opportunities for Infrastructure Asset Formation and Job Creation Using Public-Private Partnership Procurement Methods
—January 2012 (PDF: 21 pages, 746 KB)
Framework Conditions for Foreign and Domestic Private Investment in California’s Infrastructure: Seizing the P3 Opportunity
—September 2010 (PDF: 44 pages, 1 MB)
Public-Private Partnerships: Alternative Procurement Methods for Campus Development in the University of California System
—June 2010 (PDF: 25 pages, 1.3 MB)
Investing in California’s Infrastructure:
How to Ensure Value for Money and Protect California’s Competitive Position in the National and Global Economy
—June 2006 (PDF: 76 pages, 997 KB)
The Bay Area’s international airport system—San Francisco International, San Jose International, and Oakland International—provides a critical link for the Bay Area to the national and global economy. Bay Area Economic Forum reports assess the economic contribution of the regional airport system to the Bay Area’s economy, and address related policy issues.
Economic Impacts of Competitive Air Service at San Francisco International Airport
Growing air traffic at SFO is a positive sign for the recovery of the Bay Area economy.
—November 2004 (PDF: 8 pages 448 KB)
Air Transport and the Bay Area Economy—
Crisis in Air Travel: Weathering the Downturn
An examination of the decline in air transportation in 2001, particularly post September 11; its impact on airport operations, costs and services; and the economic effects of Bay Area communities heavily dependent on vacation and business travel.
—January 2002 (PDF: 23 pages 249 KB)
Air Transport and the Bay Area Economy—Phase Two
An economic analysis of projected demand for air service in the Bay Area, the adequacy of regional airport infrastructure to meet future demand, and the implications for the Bay Area economy of growing airport congestion.
—November 2000 (PDF: 52 pgs 653 KB)
Air Transport and the Bay Area Economy—Phase One
A baseline economic impact report on Bay Area international airports, their relation to jobs and global competitiveness, and recommendatioins for future analysis.
—January 2000 (PDF: 57 pgs 596 KB)
A functioning regional economy requires a secure water supply. Bay Area Economic Forum reports analyze the San Francisco Public Utility Commission’s Hetch Hetchy water system, water use by major sectors of the regional economy, and the regional economic implications of a potential system failure due to earthquake or another catastrophic event.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Measures to Reduce the Economic Impacts of a Drought-Induced Water Shortage in the SF Bay Area
This report by the Bay Area Economic Forum and Public Financial Management, prepared for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, analyzes the potential economic costs of drought-induced water cutbacks in the Hetch Hetchy system and options for how to mitigate them.
—May 2007 (PDF: 53 pages, 477 KB)
Hetch Hetchy Water and the Bay Area Economy
This report concludes that the Bay Area economy is at major risk, due to the deteriorating condition and vulnerability of the Hetch Hetchy system to a major seismic event.
—October 2002 (PDF: 60 pages, 2.3 Mb)