Western Governance and Policy

From booming Silicon Valley to remote mountain wilderness areas and small ranching communities, the West's diverse landscape encompasses important policy and economic development issues. The Center sponsors a number of research projects, conferences and forums to discuss these issues. 

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Bill Lane Center Public Opinion Polls

The Bill Lane Center for the American West, in collaboration with partners including the Hoover Institution, regularly conducts surveys of the general public in California and the West.

Pension Tracker

The Bill Lane Center houses a Pension Tracker tool, offering data on public sector debt for pension liabilities, with a focus on California. 

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Regional Engagement

The concepts of identity and place are central to the American West. For many in the West, local government shapes how individuals and communities interact and grow. From bicycle paths to clean drinking water, local government is responsible for most services that residents see and touch. The Center works to train the next generation of leaders in the American West through student research opportunities, executive education and our City Manager's Initiative.