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CHAPTER 1 Why is Our Greater San Diego Vision Necessary?

Planning for the Region There are many agencies and organizations responsible for planning our region’s future, each with a specific focus, including SANDAG, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the San Diego County Water Authority, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the San Diego Unified Port District, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Caltrans, and the California Coastal Commission, to name a few. Our Greater San Diego Vision is intended to inform the work of these and other agencies and organizations, and to provide a voice for our residents. As one example, the long-term perspective, holistic approach, and public input of this Vision can be incorporated into the next update of the regional comprehensive plan. The San Diego region is fortunate to have many mechanisms for regional collaboration already in place providing the basis for additional collaboration with heightened public engagement. The San Diego Foundation agreed to take the lead role in coordinating Our Greater San Diego Vision for a number of reasons: To improve San Diegans’ quality of life. The Foundation’s mission is “to improve the quality of life in all of our communities by providing leadership for effective philanthropy that builds enduring assets and by promoting community solutions through research, convenings and actions that advance the common good.” There is perhaps no better way to do this than through Our Greater San Diego Vision.

When the visioning process began, 78% of San Diegans believed that the region did not have a good plan or vision for its future.

To offer a trusted forum. There are numerous stakeholders in San Diego, all with unique viewpoints. The Foundation has regularly convened stakeholders and facilitated conversations to address important regional issues. Those issues have included climate change, access to open space, financial literacy, and innovative research in science and technology. We have a rich history of visionary leaders coming together to do great things and the Foundation continues to build on that success. To address issues at the regional scale. The region’s many local and tribal governments, special districts, and local and state agencies have different geographic and issues-based scopes. None span the entirety of the region’s geography and its intertwined issues. The San Diego Foundation does and is poised to play a catalytic role in regional community problem-solving, civic education, and policy analysis.

Our Greater San Diego Vision


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