Regions Rise Together: Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Shares New Initiative

May 10, 2019 | Press Release

Sacramento, CA – Today, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced the Regions Rise Together initiative. The initiative will bring together diverse leaders in every region over the course of the next year so that an inclusive and comprehensive plan is developed that will lift every part of California.

The initiative was announced in an Opinion Editorial, which can be read here.

Lenny Mendonca, the Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor and Director of GO-Biz and Kate Gordon, Senior Advisor to the Governor on Climate and Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) will lead the initiative with support from the Senior Advisor on Economic Development and Transportation at OPR, Egon Terplan, and Senior Advisor on Strategy and External Affairs of GO-Biz, Aneesh Raman.

The Regions Rise Together initiative is launched in partnership with California Forward, an organization with a long history of leading conversations on sustainable regional economic development.  

Lenny Mendonca and Kate Gordon will explain the details of the initiative during a Fireside Chat at today’s Inland California Rising event in the City of Riverside from 3:15 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. The chat will be live-streamed on the University of California, Riverside’s Center for Social Innovation’s Facebook page, which can be found here.

About GO-Biz
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California’s leader for job growth and economic development efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. For more information visit,

Kaitlin Lewis
Assistant Deputy Director of Communications
Phone: (916) 204-2107

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