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The Growing the Impact Economy Summit 2015 is a cross-sector initiative convened by the following partners.

The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program is a White House place-based initiative designed to revolutionize the way federal agencies leverage economic development funds and technical assistance. It encourages communities to develop comprehensive sustainable economic development strategies that will strengthen their competitive edge for attracting public and private investments to their plans. Through IMCP, the federal government is rewarding best practices – coordinating federal aid to support communities’ strong development plans and synchronizing grant programs across multiple departments and agencies. Non-designated communities nationwide can learn from the best practices employed by these designated communities using the IMCP Playbook and other best practice tools and tactics.


Last year the first 12 communities were designated IMCP Manufacturing Communities, selected out of more than 70 communities that applied. These 12 communities developed strong economic development plans and have deep partnerships in place across the public and private sectors to carry out their plans. We are currently in the evaluation period for a 2015 round of up to 12 new designations that will be awarded later this year.

The Presidio Institute is located at historic Fort Scott, a stunning 20-acre campus overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, and the former command center for the Army Coast Artillery Corps.  Building on the Presidio’s legacy of service and public-private partnerships, the Presidio Institute provides transformational experiences that inspire, encourage, and empower leaders to make measurable, positive impact in their communities.


The Presidio Institute is an initiative of the Presidio Trust, a distinctive federal agency created to save the Presidio and transform it for a new national purpose. The Presidio Trust’s strategic direction includes a mission to create broad impact beyond its walls, through initiatives like the Presidio Institute, which engages individuals, non-profits, foundations, academic institutions, government agencies, and private businesses to build a stronger pipeline of leaders who can stand up to the tests of our times.

The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society and effect social change. Stanford PACS connects students, scholars, practitioners and leaders, and publishes the preeminent journal Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). SSIR bridges academic theory and practice with ideas about achieving social change. It covers a wide range of subjects, from microfinance and green businesses to social networks and human rights. Its aim is both to inform and inspire.

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The California Economic Summit is a collaboration of California Forward and the California Stewardship Network designed to advance the triple bottom line of a prosperous economy, a sustainable environment and community equity. The Summit gathers together leaders from across California to create an agenda for shared prosperity. Private, public and civic leaders from the state’s diverse regions participate in a year round process with the goal of expanding opportunity for all.  

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, with branch offices in Los Angeles, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Portland, and a cash processing office in Phoenix, provides wholesale banking services to financial institutions throughout the nine western states. As the nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve System formulates monetary policy, serves as a bank regulator, administers certain consumer protection laws, and is the fiscal agent for the U.S. government.

As the second-oldest business school in the United States, the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley is one of the world's leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business — which includes the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics over the past 20 years. The school offers outstanding management education to about 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students each year who come from around the world to study in one of its six degree-granting programs. The school has 40,000 alumni.

The school's mission is "to develop leaders who redefine how we do business."


For almost 20 years, Fourth Sector Networks (FSN) has been an expanding network of individuals and organization working to strengthen the supportive ecosystem for for-benefit organizations globally. It serves as a neutral convening platform for the sector, advancing the development of public policy, financial markets, impact measurement, legal structures, research, education, regional economic development, and more. In 1998, FSN in partnership with the Aspen Institute co-convened the Fourth Sector Concept Working Group, which pioneered the for-benefit enterprise concept and model. FSN has been the lead organizer for the Growing the Impact Economy summit series, beginning with the first summit at Harvard University in 2013.

California Forward is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to the goal of improving the quality of life for all Californians by creating more responsive, representative and cost-effective government. California Forward collaborates with partners in good governance to identify reforms that create accountability for results to restore public trust in government, promote more cost-effective public services, and create more middle-class jobs in all of California’s diverse regions.

​Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with over 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 84 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale.  Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services,  and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world.  Ashoka is currently evolving to an "everyone a changemaker world" envisioning a society beginning with young people where everyone is equipped with the skillset of leadership, teamwork, empathy and changemaking and a connection to purpose so they can solve problems at whatever scale is needed.

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