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CalMatters and the Milken Institute are teaming up to host a series of virtual discussions about California’s response, recovery, and resilience strategies in a post-COVID landscape, and what the “Future of Work” means now to educators, employers, college students and cities statewide.

The Future of Work: What Happens to California Cities When Jobs Go Remote?

This event took place on Tuesday, July 21.

To view the event summary for this event, please click here.

The breakneck shift to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic has transformed the way California companies, workers and entire cities operate. How many jobs will permanently migrate away from in-person offices has big implications for the state’s decades-long push for more density, plus related issues like commutes, housing affordability and downtown development.

There are also major opportunities and obstacles to equity in a truly digital economy, where hiring could expand outside traditional coastal job centers but a strong broadband connection is still a requirement for many high-paying positions.

CalMatters economy reporter Lauren Hepler moderated our second “Future of Work” discussion, about how much of the remote work revolution is here to stay, what policy barriers will have to be overcome to reap the benefits, and what does this all means for employers and their workforces.


  • Kome Ajise, Executive Director at the Southern California Association of Governments
  • State Senator Anna Cabellero, representing the 12th Senate District
  • Lili Gangas, Chief Technology Community Officer at the Kapor Center

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Vanessa is a former business journalist who has covered personal investing, venture capital, startups and business management for publications like Entrepreneur, Money, the San Francisco Business Times...