CSUSB Hosts Latino Economic Summit, Presents San Bernardino Investment Playbook

May 16, 2023
May 16, 2023 Noraly Sainz

CSUSB Hosts Latino Economic Summit, Presents San Bernardino Investment Playbook

On Thursday, Nov.17, the San Bernardino Investment Playbook was presented during the White House Initiative Latino Economic Summit at California State University, San Bernardino, hosted by the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics and the Aspen Institute.

San Bernardino Investment Playbook

The San Bernardino Investment Playbook is an economic development plan emerging from in-depth individual and group interviews with community stakeholders offering invaluable information about the concerns and aspirations of San Bernardino residents and provided context and inspiration for the Playbook as a whole. These conversations identified six priority areas—Capacity, Infrastructure, Housing, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Community—as well as the individual projects within each category.

Specific projects were developed in close collaboration with key community partners, including El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center, Just San Bernardino and its member organizations, and Uplift San Bernardino, a collective impact project of the Making Hope Happen Foundation. The time, wisdom, and creativity that these and other local organizations and individuals contributed over the past eight months resulted in an Investment Playbook that is authentic to the needs and ambitions of the San Bernardino community.

The playbook was presented by a panel of local leaders including Council member for the City of San Bernardino, Kim Calvin; Don Howard, resident and CEO of the James Irvine Foundation; Karen Suarez, Director of Uplift San Bernardino; Micah Weinberg, Chief Executive Officer of California Forward; and Kimberly Collins, Executive Director of the Barbara and William Leonard Transportation Center (LTC), at CSUSB.

This Playbook was developed in close collaboration with the City of San Bernardino, California State University San Bernardino, and a wide range of community stakeholders, with support from the James Irvine Foundation.

House Initiative Latino Economic Summit

This summit is the sixth in a series of in-person events across the country designed to highlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing equity and economic empowerment and to connect local Latino community members directly with federal leaders and resources.