CONFERENCE FORMAT

Roundtable Public Policy Conferences

Purpose:

The purpose of the CFEE roundtable public policy conferences is to create an environment that engenders a free and open, yet informed, exchange of facts, views and proposals among experts and leaders from the various sides of the California public policy debate.

Issue areas:

CFEE concentrates on long-term, large-scale infrastructure issues confronting the State of California. The primary areas are:

            - Energy

            - Water

            - Transportation Infrastructure

            - Information and Communication Technology

Format:

CFEE creates a multi-sector discussion, around a hollow square format to create an environment in which every participant is engaged and able to interact with others at the table. Each session begins with a series of very short presentations that are designed to define the issue, present facts, and point out areas of concern. Comments and observations are limited in length to promote dynamic interactive discussions as well as to prevent long diversions.

Steering Committee:

The steering committee is composed of CFEE Board members with experience in the subject area, plus other experts from the sector. The steering committee is structured to represent a diversity of stakeholder groups, the same principle employed at the conferences. The steering committee designs the conference agenda to be reflective of current policy dilemmas facing the state as a whole.

Agenda:

Each agenda typically contains three to five discussion sessions focused on the different dimensions of the main topic. As a nonprofit, CFEE does not address specific legislation. Rather, the forums concentrate on the broad public policy complexities of statewide issues.

Funding:

CFEE is funded by our large and diverse board of directors. No one source contributes more than 3% of our total budget. In addition, CFEE solicits contributions from the public and private sector, labor, and environmental participants on an ability-to-pay basis. Many public sector participants, as well as community and consumer leaders, are either hosted or pay their own way.