Disconnect Between State and Local Government Examined in Policy Seminar

Riverside County EDA official will speak at UCR on April 28

Rob Field

Rob Field, Riverside County Economic Development Agency

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Rob Field, assistant county executive officer for the Riverside County Economic Development Agency (EDA),  will discuss the complexities of the relationship between state and local government at UC Riverside on Thursday, April 28, in a seminar titled “State vs. Local Economic Policy and its Impact upon Economic Development and the Role of Local Government.”

The event runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Interdisciplinary South 1111. It is hosted by the UCR School of Public Policy and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so reservations are requested and may be made at spp-field.eventbrite.com. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Despite the seeming closeness of the relationship between the state and local governments, there is sometimes not enough support given to local governments when the state shifts its financial and legal burdens to counties, according to Field. Economic development has subtly been impacted by the state’s policies.

Field notes that the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has not had a director for several months and has less than 20 employees. The result has been little support from the state for some counties, particularly Riverside and San Bernardino, which have not benefitted from the technology boom that coastal counties have experienced, he says.

According to the EDA’s annual report, the agency works to create communities where all residents have access to quality housing in neighborhoods that are attractive, functional and safe; supports a broad spectrum of business growth and ensures companies have ongoing access to an ample and globally competitive workforce; and provides residents with the recreational and cultural activities that enrich their lives. The agency manages the county’s real estate, airports, and other housing programs, the Riverside County Fair, and the county’s 35-branch library system.

Rob Field received his bachelor’s degree from UC Riverside and his master’s from California Baptist University. Field is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the UCR A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCR Highlander Athletics Association Board of Directors, the March Field Air Museum Board of Directors, and the Advisory Council for UCR’s Economic Development and Innovation Center, and is a former chair of the Unforgettables Foundation Board of Directors.

The UCR School of Public Policy (SPP) is the latest addition to the University of California, Riverside academic enterprise. With a Master of Public Policy program launched in Fall 2015, the UCR School of Public Policy is training a new generation of forward-thinking public policy leaders equipped to address the complex, interrelated challenges of poverty, disease, climate change, pollution and more. The School of Public Policy includes the Dean’s Office and five research centers: the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, the One Health Center (which is part of the UC Global Health Institute), the Blum Initiative for Global and Regional Poverty, and the Immigration Research Group.

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