Dr. Jeffrey Michael is executive director of the Center for Business and Policy Research and Professor of Public Policy at the University of the Pacific. At CBPR, Jeff leads triannual economic forecasts for California and eight Northern California metro areas, and special reports on current issues surrounding regional growth and environmental challenges. His work has received numerous grants and awards, is frequently cited in the press.
The North San Joaquin Valley — made up of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties — may be the most misunderstood and overlooked region in California. Historically, these three counties have been lumped together with larger San Joaquin Valley or Central Valley in a variety of policy, planning and economic development circles.