THE PROCESS

In June 2019, more than a 100 projects were submitted by the community for consideration as part of the DRIVE investment plan with a focus on one or more of the following areas of growth: economic development, human capital, and neighborhood development.

All initiatives were synthesized and assessed based on the following criteria: alignment to the ten-year aspirational goal, momentum and community buy-in, impact, feasibility, and diversity of impact. Common themes emerged, and similar initiatives were grouped into categories. Gaps in potential growth opportunities were identified, and the research and consulting team compiled a draft investment portfolio of 20 main initiatives, presented for review to the broader Steering Committee on July 18, 2019.

The next step in the Fresno DRIVE process involved generating the strategy, momentum, and buy-in to move from ideas to implementation. A 6-week Business Plant Sprint that ran from July 22 - August 26 developed a set of robust, actionable investment plans. Smaller working groups were assigned to each initiative to develop the complete, draft plans.

On October 31, 2019 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, an appointed coalition presented the DRIVE Summary of Initiatives (Draft as of 10.31.19) to Governor Newsom. On November 7-8, the DRIVE plan will be presented and discussed with a group of panelists as part of the 2019 California Economic Summit hosted in Fresno.