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5 Things Friday

December 18, 2015
   
   

1.     2015 BEST-PERFORMING CITIES
Technology Continues to Drive America's Best-Performing Cities
Our annual "Best-Performing Cities" index reveals that technology continues to drive America's most dynamic cities. Data for all metros is available on the interactive "Best-Performing Cities" website. The three leading metros all have thriving tech centers: San Jose is No. 1, rising three spots from last year. Close on its heels at No. 2 is San Francisco, which was last year's top finisher. Returning to the No. 3 spot is Provo, Utah. Read more


2.     CALIFORNIA SUMMIT—POWERING CALIFORNIA’S ECONOMY: A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN S. WATSON
Being green may put Golden State in the red, Chevron CEO says
For a place that’s so dependent on fossil-based hydrocarbons for its energy, Chevron Chairman and CEO John S. Watson might say, California is remarkably unfriendly to those who produce it. Read blog

3.     CALIFORNIA SUMMIT—HONING CALIFORNIA’S EDGE IN TECHNOLOGY AND ENTERTAINMENT
Silicon Beach Vies With Silicon Valley for the Digital World’s Best Minds
Locked in a rivalry for the digital world’s best and brightest, Southern California’s entertainment-focused Silicon Beach often loses out to Silicon Valley, where engineers and programmers—not actors—are the celebrities. Read blog
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4.     CALIFORNIA SUMMIT—BUILDING BETTER PEOPLE MOVERS: THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION IN CALIFORNIA
The Road to Congestion-Free Mobility is Paved With Ancient Ideas and Advanced Technology
Proposed solutions to California’s transportation problems—the state is home to three of the nation’s five most congested cities—range from the retro to the visionary. All may be needed to help Californians move faster and keep economic growth on track. Read blog

5.     CALIFORNIA SUMMIT—WATER: PROTECTING CALIFORNIA’S LIFELINE
Solutions require low- and high-tech strategies, state and local infrastructure
The long-term solution to California's drought will require rethinking the state's century-old approach to water sourcing, delivery and use, a panel of experts said at the California Summit. Read blog