Publications List

The Economic Institute produces economic policy analyses on Bay Area and California issues, and economic impact analyses for public and private sector clients. A chronological list of the PDF versions of Bay Area Council Economic Institute publications appears below with the newest reports listed first.

Chronological List of Publications

  • Evaluating the Case for the East Solano Plan
    The East Solano Plan seeks to create a new, mixed-use community at the heart of the Northern California Megaregion with homes, businesses, and civic uses organized into medium-density neighborhoods. At full build out, the plan has room for 400,000 people. The plan includes a commitment to bring 15,000 jobs to Solano County in the first phase of development, along with $500 million in community benefits such as downpayment assistance for Solano County residents and a $200 million fund to invest in revitalizing existing downtowns throughout Solano County. At full build out, these numbers increase to $4 billion in community benefits and $800 million for Solano County downtowns. While there are many details still to be resolved regarding how the East Solano Plan will address the new city’s infrastructure needs—and those details are vitally important to the success of the plan—this analysis focuses solely on how a new city could augment the economy of Solano County and the broader Northern California Megaregion if completed.
    —July 2024 (PDF: 28 pages, 8.7 MB)
  • Harnessing the Private Sector: Opportunities and Challenges for Incentivizing Market-Based Uses of Woody Biomass in the East Bay Hills
    This report aims to share lessons from the East Bay Hills to advance the conversation around collaborative agreements and working structures between jurisdictions, and, inform work relating to incentivizing the use and monetization of excess woody biomass. The East Bay Hills represent a particularly interesting area of study for several reasons. First, the region is very familiar with wildfire, having experienced one of the greatest urban firestorms the West has ever seen. Second, the region is highly fractured, crossing two separate counties and comprising over thirty local jurisdictions and fire districts. And third, in response to the Firestorm, the region set up a variety of local initiatives, as well as collaborative efforts between jurisdictions, to improve wildfire suppression and prevention planning efforts, but community leaders and fire officials agree that additional collaborative efforts are warranted.
    —June 2024 (PDF: 30 pages, 9.2 MB)