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Milken Institute December 2015
Open Data, the Energy Economy and Water Scarcity Among Key Issues Discussed at the California Summit
Hundreds of California’s leading business executives and policymakers gathered last week for the Milken Institute California Summit. Each year since 1999 the Institute has convened CEOs, investors, labor leaders, government officials, elected leaders and other experts to hear presentations and discuss the greatest challenges and opportunities facing the state. Among the topics discussed: the ease of doing business in California; solutions to the state’s transportation problems; rethinking the state's century-old approach to water sourcing, delivery and use; and the competition between Silicon Beach and Silicon Valley for the digital world’s best and brightest.
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Find out more about the inaugural Best-Performing Cities China report
Technology Continues to Drive America's Best-Performing Cities
Our annual "Best-Performing Cities" index reveals that technology continues to power America's most dynamic cities. Data for all metros is available on the interactive "Best-Performing Cities" website. The Top 3 metros all have thriving tech centers: San Jose is No. 1, rising three spots from last year. Close on its heels at No. 2 is San Francisco, which was last year's top finisher. Returning to the No. 3 spot is Provo, Utah.
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California's Innovation-Based Economy
California's Innovation-Based Economy: Policies to Maintain and Enhance It
Milken Institute researchers conducted a comprehensive analysis of the landscape of R&D spending in California. We propose ideas for spurring businesses to continue and intensify their research activity.
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The Power of Ideas
Financing the Control of Tuberculosis
The Milken Institute organized Financial Innovations Labs® in London and Johannesburg (South Africa’s TB rates are among the highest in the world) to bring together investors, donors, global health experts, government leaders, and industry executives to discuss innovative options that could attract new money for TB control.
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BUZZWORTHY VIDEOS FROM THE CALIFORNIA SUMMIT
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Powering California's Economy: A Conversation with John S. Watson
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Water: Protecting California's Lifeline
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Perception vs. Reality: Is California Business Friendly?
UPCOMING EVENTS
View more info... Milken Institute Public Health Summit 2016
The Summit will foster greater unity of mission among the institutions involved in public health, raise public awareness, demonstrate the social and economic benefits of the field, and reaffirm a global commitment to preserving the health of all.

March 1-2, 2016
Washington, D.C.
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View more info... Global Conference 2016
The Global Conference convenes 3,500 thought leaders who will hear 700-plus speakers in more than 170 sessions over four days. Participants will explore solutions to today's most pressing challenges in financial markets, industry, health, government and education.

May 1-4, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
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INSIGHTS FROM INSTITUTE EXPERTS
Bitcoin: Crypto-Currency—and Game-Changer
By Staci Warden
Warden's review of Bitcoin: Its core value proposition as a substitute for regular currencies is, frankly, questionable. More »
Huffington Post: What We Can Learn About Aging From Little Singapore
By Paul Irving
Singapore is setting a new standard for human capital leadership through an ambitious “Action Plan for Successful Aging” to help Singaporeans age confidently and actively. More »
How the Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates
By Jakob Wilhelmus
The last financial crisis profoundly altered interest rate management. Given these changes, we explore the little-discussed underlying mechanisms that convert the Federal Open Market Committee’s decisions into actual movements of market rates. More »
Walmart Pay and the Future of CurrentC
By Jackson Mueller
Walmart Stores Inc. announced that it is introducing Walmart Pay to select U.S. outlets over the holiday season, with the service available nationwide next year through the retailer’s app. This could deal a blow to other mobile payment systems in the retail space given Walmart’s huge presence. More »
California Summit—Honing California’s Edge in Technology and Entertainment
Locked in a rivalry for the digital world’s best and brightest, Southern California’s entertainment-focused Silicon Beach often loses out to Silicon Valley, where engineers and programmers—not actors—are the celebrities. More »
Renminbi as Reserve Currency: Big Deal or Ho Hum?
By Keith Savard
The International Monetary Fund announced that China’s renminbi would be included in its Special Drawing Rights basket of reserve currencies. Although the inclusion of the renminbi was widely anticipated in the financial community, the reaction to the announcement has been quite varied. More »
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