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Center for Business and Policy Research

The Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) is a research and outreach unit known for independent, objective analyses of business, economic, and public policy issues in California with a focus on the Northern California Mega-Region which includes the North San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento Metro Area, and the Bay Area. The Center has staffed offices on both the Stockton and Sacramento campuses. Staff have extensive experience on water, transportation, housing, labor, and economic development issues that are of critical importance to this region. Widely recognized across California for the quality of its analyses, the Center's reports and experts are cited between 150 and 250 times per year in the local, state, and national press.

The Center for Business and Policy Research was founded in 2004 as the Business Forecasting Center. Since Dr. Jeffrey Michael became Director of the Business Forecasting Center in 2008, the Center has expanded its topical scope, staff, and expertise beyond economic forecasting, and the Center was renamed in 2015 to better reflect its work. Although forecasting is no longer in the Center's name, CBPR continues to publish the California and Metro Business Forecast, and it remains a core part of its work.


Recent Release

California & Metro Forecast

California & Metro Forecast

October 2018
The California economy should maintain strong growth through 2019 according to the latest projection from the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific. READ MORE

2018 NSJV Index

2018 State of the North San Joaquin Valley Conference
Annual State of the NSJV Conference materials. This year focus is on transforming skills ecosystems to address the critical need for enhanced skills development that supports economic growth and competitiveness of the NSJV Region, the Northern California Megaregion, and the State. 



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