The Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) economic efforts include the following areas:
The Economic Strategy
The Southern California Economic Recovery & Job Creation Strategy concentrates on expanding the region’s economic base to increase the flow of funds driving the area’s economy. It is based upon the region’s job creation needs given its unique competitive advantages and demographics. Several sectors emerge as crucial: international trade and logistics, film and related sectors, high tech and traditional manufacturing, construction, health care, and leisure industries. The aim is to create conditions encouraging job creation in these sectors in the immediate, short, and longer terms as well as preserving the businesses in the region. Ultimately, the approach is to allow each city, county and sub-regional entity the flexibility to deal with those aspects of the strategy with which they are comfortable, while providing mechanisms allowing jurisdictions to cooperate for the good of Southern California. Fundamental to the strategy is the belief that stronger economic growth will help every community.
Economic & Demographic Data
SCAG regularly compiles and updates a number of economic and demographic data resources on topics such as population, household, and employment figures and projections; economic indices (Consumer Price Index, Consumer Expenditure Survey, Cost of Living Index); firm size; exports and imports; women and minority owned businesses; financial transactions; housing activity, valuation, sales, and ownership; and agricultural production.