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Engaging Your Region John D. Welty President California State University, Fresno October 2009. Overview of Presentation The University as a Regional Change Agent San Joaquin Valley: The Regional Context Evolution of Fresno State’s Role as a Regional Change Agent

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Engaging Your Region
  • John D. Welty
  • President
  • California State University, Fresno
  • October 2009
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Overview of Presentation
  • The University as a Regional Change Agent
  • San Joaquin Valley: The Regional Context
  • Evolution of Fresno State’s Role as a Regional Change Agent
  • University-Led Collaboratives and Partnerships
  • Lessons Learned
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The University as a “Regional Change Agent”
  • Commonly accepted university roles:
    • Pursuit and preservation of knowledge
    • Academic training and intellectual development
    • Workforce preparation
    • Community service
    • Technology development, commercialization and regional economic driver…
  • But “regional change agent”? What?!
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If the San Joaquin Valley was a State, it would have….
  • A population greater than 23 states
  • A land area greater than 10 states
  • More revenue from agriculture than every other state
  • More world-class national parks than every other state
  • A higher population growth rate than all but 3 states
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….but it would also have:
  • The highest rate of unemployment;
  • The highest percentage of people living below the poverty line;
  • The lowest per capita income;
  • The worst air quality;
  • The poorest access to health care; and
  • A federal direct expenditure rate that is 30% lower than the rest of the U.S.

($4,736 per capita in the Valley vs. $6,814 U.S. average; Congressional Research Service)

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What is to be done about this situation?
  • High unemployment
  • High poverty
  • Lowest per capita income
  • Worst air quality
  • Poorest access to health care
  • History of neglect from state and federal government
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Evolution of Fresno State’s Role as a “Regional Change Agent”
  • University commitment to improving the region by President Welty – 1993
  • Established economic reporting institute, “Central California Futures Institute”
  • Impact of the “new economy” – shift to “action oriented” community partnerships
  • Partnership with the water technology industry – launch of first university-based “industry cluster” in April 2001
  • University partnership with the Fresno Business Council in September 2000 to drive “new economy” initiatives
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Fresno Region CommunityValues
  • Stewardship
  • Boundary crossing and collaboration
  • Commitment to outcomes
  • “Art of the Possible” Thinking
  • Fact-based decision making
  • Truth telling
  • Power parity
  • Commitment to resolving conflict
  • Asset-based approach
  • Conflict of interest
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Evolution of Fresno State’s Role as a “Regional Change Agent”
  • “Fresno Area Collaborative Regional Initiative” launched September 2001 to “Improve the region’s competitiveness in the knowledge-based economy”
  • CRI task forces: Innovative Culture, Preparation of Knowledge Workers, Technology Infrastructure, Human Investment, Collaborative Land Use and Transportation Planning
  • January 2004 – Launch of the Regional Jobs Initiative – Based on Industry Clusters
  • January 2005 – Report on Fresno Unified School District
  • September 2005 – Launch of the Governor’s Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley
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Additional University-Led Collaboratives
  • Economic Development/Industry Partnerships
    • Innovation and entrepreneurship center
    • Water tech center
    • Food processing center (in development)
    • Advanced manufacturing center (in development)
    • Supply chain management center (in development)
    • Construction industry “center of excellence” (in development)
    • Numerous agri-business centers
    • General small business support programs
economic development sphere responsibility matrix circa 2000

X = Original Participant

Economic Development SphereResponsibility Matrix - - Circa 2000

Provided by: Fresno Business Council – Ken Newby

economic development sphere responsibility matrix 2007

X = Original Participant

Red = New Participant or Function

Provided by: Fresno Business Council – Ken Newby

Economic Development SphereResponsibility Matrix - 2007
economic development sphere responsibility matrix proposed

X = Original Participant

Red = New participant or Function

Green = Proposed new role or Function

Provided by: Fresno Business Council – Ken Newby

Economic Development SphereResponsibility Matrix – Proposed
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Additional University-Led Collaboratives
  • Health and Human Services – Health Policy Institute
  • Education – Central Valley Education Leadership Institute (CVELI) and nearly a dozen additional programs
  • Arts and Culture – Cultural Heritage Institute and numerous performing arts programs
  • Public Policy and Civic Leadership – Maddy Institute
  • Community Service and Civic Engagement - Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
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Lessons Learned
  • Data - Gather data to describe your region, use of consultants
  • Strategic Plan – Commit to engagement (University)
  • Money – Use an entrepreneurial, boot-strap approach (focus on serving the region first, building the institution second)-- Public Support
  • Politics – Avoid the “political fray” with the Community Values of the Fresno Region
  • Leadership – Starts at the top
  • Organization – Include the right combination of executive staff and faculty involvement
  • Coordination – Work on improving campus coordination continuously through efforts like Making Place Matter and a strategic planning process
  • Work – Is messy
  • Persistence – Is necessary
  • Thought Leaders – Need to articulate direction
  • Building Trust Relationships – Is important
  • Quality, Stable Leadership – Is important for major institutions
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Contact

John D. Welty

johnw@csufresno.edu

www.FresnoRJI.org

(559) 278-2324