Key Issues: Infrastructure

Infrastructure underlies everything. We all depend on it; the economy depends on it.

Transportation

Public-Private Partnerships

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.

Airports

Airport Report Cover ImageThe 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.

Water

Hetch Hetchy Report Cover ImageA 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.