What If

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 needs.

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 issues.

With proper planning, more healthy, productive and livable community environments can be produced with reduced costs for state, regional and local municipalities.