In a state where people of color make up nearly 60% of the population, California’s ethnically diverse economy will be critical to the state’s overall economic recovery. Over the last 10 years, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has built the most successful program in the country to create opportunities for ethnic, women, & disabled veteran-owned companies. Under the CPUC’s leadership, California’s utilities and telecom companies awarded $8 billion in contracts to diverse-owned companies in 2012 alone. The CPUC is now influencing the creation of other state and federal models, driving a more inclusive and equitable economic recovery. This forum will illuminate how this is happening and what’s on the horizon. To read the program, click here.