Integrated Resource Development
When implemented correctly, a more integrated and participatory
approach to the allocation of community resources can save time,
money and environmental resources. This concept of integrated
resource development is at the core of what is needed to develop
more effective and economical community systems.
The funds currently needed just for developing and maintaining
public infrastructure in the state of California over a ten year
period is $82.2 billion. With an unfunded balance of $40.4 billion,
policy makers and residents should seek and seize upon all opportunities
to reduce duplication and reduce the level of funding and debt.
This $40.4 billion is distributed in the following manner: $27.6
billion (37.6 percent) for business, transportation and housing;
$9 billion (12.2 percent) for resources and EPA; $9.5 billion
(12.9 percent) for youth and adult correctional; $15.4 billion
(21 percent) for higher education; $8.9 billion for K-12 education;
and the remaining $3.1 billion (4.2 percent) for other infrastructure
Even a small improvement in the allocation of these resources
could yield billions annually in the California economy. But the
efficiency of community resources must be measured not only in
fiscal terms, but also with respect to environmental and social
With proper planning, more healthy, productive and livable community
environments can be produced with reduced costs for state, regional
and local municipalities.