“California”, said Wallace Stegner, “is like the rest of the United States, only more so.”
California is booming.
In 2014, the state economy grew 27 percent faster than the nation as a whole. In the past year, it created 462,000 new jobs. Its power of innovation is unsurpassed.
Name ten companies changing your life and 8 will likely be Californian. Google, Uber, AirBnb and Apple, Nest and Facebook, Tesla, even Tinder.
But America’s most populous state is also dealing with this century’s great urban challenges: air pollution, gridlock, social inequality, water usage & drought, immigration and densification, the digital divide — and more.
California will have 50 million people by 2050. This mirrors America’s continued population growth, almost all of it in cities. It also mirrors our rapidly urbanizing planet. It means that urban innovation in California is an opportunity for us all.
That’s why we’re organizing a three-event CityAge series in California. The urban solutions developed and deployed in California can be used across the country, and exported to the world.
Hold the date for CityAge. San Francisco at The City Club in SF on April 5 and 6. This will be a focused event of 150 people, so please let us know if you’re interested early on.
We’ll announce the dates for Los Angeles and San Diego soon. And of course, we’re holding a series of other events in 2016, including Vancouver, Hong Kong and others. We’ll keep you posted.
Please email us with any ideas! And we hope to see you in 2016.