Port of Los Angeles
The Port of Los Angeles is the largest ports complex in North America and occupies 7,500 acres of land. The Port employs 896,000 people and the facilitates over $1.2 billion worth of trade each day. The cargo coming into the Port represents 43% of all cargo entering the US. The Port has 23 cargo terminals, 77 container cranes, 9 container terminals, and 113 miles of on-port rail. The Port imports furniture, footwear, electronics, automobile parts, and apparel, and exports wastepaper, cotton, resins, animal feed, and scrap metal. The Port’s major trading partner countries are China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
CA Fwd’s mission is to inspire better decision-making by governments at all levels in order to:
- Grow Middle-Class Jobs
- Promote Cost-effective Public Services
- Create Accountability for Results
When CA Fwd launched in 2008, the bipartisan Leadership Council articulated a vision for governance reforms to break the partisan gridlock, fortify fiscal management, and rebuild the relationship among the state and local governments – as prerequisites to better outcomes. The California Endowment, The Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation united to support CA Fwd because they concluded that governance reforms were an essential prerequisite to improving the public outcomes that were a priority for their philanthropies, including education and self-sufficiency, public health and well-being, and environmental protection and sustainable communities.
University of California at Merced
UC Merced opened Sept. 5, 2005, as the newest campus in the University of California Opens a New Window. system and the first American research university of the 21st century. Situated near Yosemite National Park, the campus significantly expands access to the UC system for students throughout the state, with a special mission to increase college-going rates among students in the San Joaquin Valley. It also serves as a major base of advanced research, a model of sustainable design and construction, and a stimulus to economic growth and diversification throughout the region.
The BNSF Railway Company is one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, and is one of seven North American Class I railroads. It has 44,000 employees, 32,500 miles (52,300 km) of track in 28 states, and over 8,000 locomotives. It has three transcontinental routes that provide rail links between the western and eastern United States. BNSF trains traveled over 169 million miles (272 million km) in 2010, more than any other North American railroad. The BNSF and UP have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the Western U.S. and share trackage rights over thousands of miles of track.
California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation (CCVEDC)
The California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation (CCVEDC) is a regional marketing group whose mission is to promote job creation in the valley, mountain, and desert communities located within Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare. This program supplements the existing efforts of individual agencies throughout the area. The CCVEDC was formed in the late 1980s by the professional economic development organizations serving the counties of California’s Central Valley. Together with partners such as Pacific Gas and Electric, they have cooperated and collaborated to present Central California as a highly desirable location for expanding companies seeking the advantages of a rapidly growing and resource rich environment. CCVEDC provides businesses with the resources necessary when evaluating, planning and implementing a site location/expansion in the Central California region.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit assistance, regulatory guidance, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.
University of California – Berkeley
UC Berkeley PATH – California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH), is a research and development program of the University of California, Berkeley. PATH is a leader in Intelligent Transportation Systems research, and in collaboration with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), administer the university’s Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). PATH has been involved in the research, development, and testing of connected and automated vehicles since its inception in 1986.
GLDPartners is an international investment and advisory firm that advises global manufacturing companies on supply chain strategy and site selection, and is involved in the development of projects at and around emerging seaports, airports and inland trade and commercial assets. GLDPartners is coordinating business and infrastructure planning with Merced County.