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Center for Business and Policy Research
Eberhardt School of Business
Jeffrey Michael, PhD - Exec. Director
Thomas Pogue, PhD - Assoc. Dir.
Sacramento Office: 916.340.6084
Stockton Office: 209.946.2913

In the Media

The Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) is led by Dr. Jeffrey Michael, a well-known economist with expertise in regional growth and environmental issues, who is frequently quoted in the local, state, and national press on current economic and policy issues. See below for links to recent media coverage of the Center and news including commentary from Dr. Michael.

  • Jeff Michael was cited in a CALmatters article titled "To save SF Bay and its dying Delta, state aims to re-plumb California." The article discusses the Delta ecosystem, the changes the Delta has experienced and may experience,  and the impact on agriculture, people, and more. Read. 

  • The Center for Business and Policy Research's recent economic impact study on cannabis was cited in The Sacramento Bee article "Sacramento City Council approves hotly debated marijuana cultivation ordinance." The Sacramento City Council voted to allow licensed cultivation within city limits, but it will be months before permits are issued and the city still must establish fees for grower licenses. The article discusses the current landscape for marijuana cultivation related to permits and fees and looks at other considerations for the future. Read. 

  • A November 19 The Record article, "Tunnels spawn algae worries," covers testimony related to the Delta tunnels. An environmental scientist discussed algae growth, and CBPR director Jeff Michael discussed the impacts of Delta farm revenue. Michael estimates approximately $12 million in decline per year. Read. 

  • In November 2015, the Sacramento region regained all of the jobs lost in the recession. According to Jeff Michael, "recent trends are much stronger...The private sector is not as dynamic as it could be, but it is definitely positive." Read more here. 

  • A November 3 article from The Modesto Bee, "Index shows job gains in North Valley, but many still struggle," reported on the annual North San Joaquin Valley conference and summarizes some of the data released from the 2016 Index. Read. 

  • Jeff Michael was one of the presenters in a recent San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors evening work session. According to Jeff Michael, job growth for the area was better than expected with 5.9% growth since 2007. Read more here. 

  • On November 2, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors will host its fourth evening study session with a focus on the region's economic outlook. CBPR is one of the presenters and will discuss economic trends and outlooks for the county. Read. 

  • While the Bay Area continues to add thousands of jobs per month, the employment picture in September was below the figures for the first seven months of 2016 according to an article in The Mercury News on October 21. According to Jeff Michael, "the job markets in the Bay Area and Santa Clara County are still stronger than we would have expected them to be at this point in the economic cycle, but you can't keep up 4 percent annual job growth forever."

  • Jeff Michael discussed the recent Center for Business and Policy Research's economic impact study of a legalized marijuana industry on October 20 on KNCO News. Listen/Read here.
  • An October 18 article, "This Is How Much Money California Could Make on Recreational Marijuana," in Fortune looks at new study from the CBPR. The study suggests legalizing recreational marijuana in California would create jobs and generate billions of dollars worth of business. The study was commissioned by Truth Enterprises, an investment fund focused on the legal cannabis industry. Read more here. 

  • Truth Enterprises commissioned the Center for Business and Policy Research to do a study on the economic impact of a legalized marijuana industry. The article, "California's capital could 'be to cannabis what Detroit is to automobile,'" in Business Insider looks at the study on the economic impact of a legal marijuana industry on the Sacramento region. Read. 

  • KCRA News conducted an interview with the Center for Business and Policy Research's Associate Director, Thomas Pogue. The news story discusses the results of the study done by CBPR on the legalization of marijuana and its potential impacts on the economy. The Sacramento region may become a cannabis hub due to various advantages. Read. 

  • The Center for Business Research was cited in KFBK news on October 18. A recent study done by the CBPR looks at the potential economic impact of the marijuana business on the Sacramento region. For instance, depending on local regulation, anywhere from 1,600 to 20,000 jobs could be created. Read.

  • California's state capital region could reap 20,000 jobs and generate $4.2 billion in business if it becomes a hub for a legalized marijuana industry, according to a recent study by the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific. Read.

  • An October 17 article, "Study: Sacramento region's pot economy could soar with legalization," from The Sacramento Bee discusses the possible job growth in Sacramento associated with the legalization of recreational marijuana.  The article summarizes a recent study on the economic impact of the legalization of marijuana done by the Center for Business Policy Research. Read more here. 

  • An October 5 article from Digital Communities speaks about the Northern California strategy to lure tech companies away from competing states. Jeff Michael speaks on the trend of the Bay Area-Sacramento "Mega-Region" Read more here.

  • The CBPR's recent forecast and Jeff Michael were cited in the Modesto Bee article, "Forecasters see job growth in region through 2020," on October 5. According to Jeff Michael, the booming economy in the Bay Area is having a spillover effect in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, especially San Joaquin County. He also noted the growth of sectors beyond farming and a shift to more year-round rather than seasonal work in agriculture. Read. 

  • The Center for Business and Policy Research's latest forecast is highlighted in the Central Valley Business Journal's October 5 article, "San Joaquin County job growth expected to outpace state's." Read. 

  • The Fresno portion of the Center for Business and Policy Research's latest forecast is summarized in The Business Journal. Fresno's economic recovery is expected to be a slow and steady affair for the next few years, with construction poised to lead local job growth.

  • A September 16, 2016, article from The Sacramento Bee summarizes the surge in job creation in California and the Sacramento area.  Jeff Michael was quoted on the increase in jobs in California, especially when it comes to construction. Read more here. 

  • Jeff Michael was cited in "Sacramento median income rises to highest level in years," a September 15 The Sacramento Bee article. According to the article, Sacramento household incomes grew almost 5 percent last year, the quickest year-to-year jump in at least a decade. In addition, income gains primarily went to the bottom-earning 80 percent of households, causing income inequality in the region to decrease. Read.

  • According to an article in the Central Valley Business Times, "Secret report shows ongoing taxpayer costs for Delta tunnels," taxpayers will be tapped for at least $6.5 billion to help pay for the Delta twin water tunnels. Jeff Michael's response to the report is cited in article.

  • Jeff Michael was quoted in an article from The Sacramento Bee article titled "Thousands find work building and staffing Golden 1 Center." According to the article, the Golden 1 Center has been and will continue to a major generator jobs. Read. 

  • CBPR director Jeff Michael co-authored an opinion piece with John Kirlin in The Sacramento Bee titled "Delta tunnels proposal a muddled gamble." Read.

  • According to a September 7 Sacramento Business Journal article, the ITT Technical Institute in Rancho Cordova recently closed, leaving more than 400 students without an immediate option to finish their education. Jeff Michael was quoted in the article. Read. 

  • Jeff Michael was cited in a San Francisco Chronicle article titled "California farmworkers await decision on historic overtime bill" on September 1. If passed, the bill would grant farmworkers, who have long been exempt from many employee protections, the same overtime pay that other Californians enjoy - time-and-a-half if a shift exceeds eight hours or a work week exceeds 40 hours. Read more here. 

  • The Center for Business and Policy Research's latest report on the California Waterfix is the subject of an August 24 article titled "Brown's tunnels cannot be economically justified, says new study" in the Central Valley Business Times.

  • According to an August 17 Santa Cruz Sentinel article, the Bay Area has nearly three-quarters of a million tech jobs, 746,100. That number tops the prior record for tech employment, set during the dot-com era, by 21,000 jobs. Jeff Michael is quoted in the article. According to Jeff Michael, "today's tech sector is oriented toward the web, software and cloud services. A great deal of that old tech industry is never coming back." Read more here. 

  • In an article in Comstock's about the late Tim Egkan and his work in Stockton, the Center for Business and Policy Research was mentioned in the discussion about the impacts of Ten Space's Open Window project.  The CBPR estimates the project will bring in roughly $2 million in additional annual tax revenue for the city as well as create 872 new permanent jobs. Read. 

  • The Center for Business and Policy Research's recent forecast was mentioned in the Turlock Journal titled "County population expected to surpass 800K by 2060." The forecast estimates Stanislaus County's population will reach 571,139 by 2020 and 836,635 by 2060 and discusses other data related to the population and housing. Read here. 
  • The Center for Business and Policy Research (formerly the Business Forecasting Center) was cited in a Manteca Bulletin article on August 1 about the housing supply in the region. Read.
  • Jeff Michael was quoted in a Capital Public Radio segment titled "Central Valley Communities Some Of The Fastest Growing In The State." According to the segment, San Joaquin County's population will reach the one million mark by 2039 according to a new study. Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Merced Counties are among the fastest growing in the state. Read/listen here. 

  • The Center for Business and Policy Research (formerly the Business Forecasting Center) was cited in the San Joaquin County Business Journal article on July 22, 2016 about a recent study. According to projections from the study, San Joaquin County's population will rise most dramatically. It is expected to surpass the 1 million mark by 2040. It will jump from its 2015 population of 728,633 to more than 800,000 by 2030. Read. 

  • Jeff Michael was quoted in a July 22 Santa Cruz Sentinel article title "Job gains banish fears of hiring slowdown in Bay Area, Santa Clara County." According to seasonally adjusted figures, Santa Clara County added 3,500 jobs in June, the East Bay gained 200 jobs, and the San Francisco-San Mateo region added 3,400 jobs. "Despite the recent uptick, I expect slower but still healthy growth in the second half of the year and into 2017," said Jeff Michael. Read. 

  • On July 15 Jeff Michael was quoted in The Sacramento Bee article "Amazon bringing 1,000 warehouse jobs to Sacramento." Amazon announced that it will build an 855,000 square foot customer fulfillment center at Menlo Air Park. The article discusses the impacts Amazon has and will have on a variety of areas/issues. Read more here. 

  • Jeff Michael was quoted in The Record on July 1 about the Stockton Metropolitan Airport. Stockton Airport will receive a federal grant to help it attract and support new daily airline service between Stockton and Los Angeles. According to Jeff Michael, "establishing a hub and spoke airline through LAX is a major win for businesses and San Joaquin County," he said in the airport's press release. "In addition to direct jobs associated with the route, enhanced connectivity will drive productivity growth and make the region more attractive for business investment." Read.

  • News release from Pacific: The Bay Area Council Economic Institute released a new report on June 30 titled "The Northern California Megaregion: Innovative, Connected, Growing." The Center for Business and Policy Research contributed to the report. Twenty-one counties from the Bay Area, Sacramento area, North San Joaquin Valley, and Monterey Bay Area form the Northern California Megaregion. The report includes data, maps, and narrative about jobs, housing, goods movements, and economic trends. Read. 

  • The South San Joaquin Irrigation District's Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt a resolution that formally begins the eminent domain process against PG&E to take over their existing power delivery system within the district and enter the retail power business for themselves. According to Jeff Michael the move would save ratepayers in the three communities that will be affected $15.5 million in the first year alone. That amount of money will translate in 56 saved jobs and more than $7 million worth of direct economic impact to Manteca, Ripon and Escalon. Read. 

  • Jeff Michael was quoted in a June 20, 2016 Sacramento Business Journal article titled "Jobs report: Sacramento still a tortoise, not a hare." The article discusses job growth in the region and potential employers/projects moving to the region. Read. 

  • According to a June 17 Sacramento Bee article titled "Unemployment falls to 9-year lows in California, Sacramento" unemployment dropped to its lowest point in nine years, both statewide and in greater Sacramento last month. The figures suggested California's recovery is continuing to move forward despite signs of a slowdown on the national level. Read more here. 

  • Jeff Michael was quoted in a June 14 Sacramento Bee article about a recent announcement that ranks California as the sixth-largest economy; the number came from figures released by Governor Jerry Brown's administration. Economists cautioned against making too much of the global rankings, which seesaw from year to year and can be influenced by such factors as fluctuations in currency valuations. The strength of the dollar vs. the euro, for instance, was part of the reason why California jumped ahead of France last year. Read here. 

  • The University of California at Merced announced a $1.1 billion expansion deal involving public-private partnerships. The university is working towards a 25,000-student goal. According to CBPR director Jeff Michael, "A university impacts an economy in a lot of ways, especially a research university like they're trying to grow." Read. 

  • CBPR's recent forecast was the subject of an article titled "UOP Study Predicts Area Economic Growth" in The Escalon Times. 

  • A June 1, 2016 article from the Sierra Sun Times summarizes the latest Center for Business and Policy Research forecast. Read more here. 

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