The Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) is a research and outreach unit known for independent, objective analyses of business, economic, and public policy issues in California with a focus on the Northern California Megaregion which includes the North San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento Metro Area, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The Center operates across the University of Pacific’s Northern California campuses, with staff and fellows in Stockton and Sacramento. Staff have extensive experience in economic development, transportation, housing, labor, and water issues that are of critical importance to this region. Widely recognized across California for the quality of its analyses, the Center’s reports and experts are frequently cited in the local, state, and national press.
The CBPR was founded in 2004 as the Business Forecasting Center. Since then, its topical scope, staff, and expertise expanded beyond economic forecasting, as a result in 2015 it was renamed the CBPR to better reflect its work.