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- Eastern Solano County, close to Silicon Valley, identified for the ambitious project.
- The new city aims to boost local jobs, housing, and green energy.
- Support from tech moguls like Marc Andreessen and Reid Hoffman.
Time to build (a new city)
Shortly after the outbreak of Covid-19, Marc Andreessen wrote one of his influential texts: It's time to build:
The things we build in huge quantities, like computers and TVs, drop rapidly in price. The things we don’t, like housing, schools, and hospitals, skyrocket in price. What’s the American dream? The opportunity to have a home of your own, and a family you can provide for. We need to break the rapidly escalating price curves for housing, education, and healthcare, to make sure that every American can realize the dream, and the only way to do that is to build.
Maybe this gives a hint of the vision for the new city, northeast of San Francisco, close to Silicon Valley, that Marc Andreessen and a bunch of other tech leaders are planning.
As Silicon Valley continues its reign as the world's tech hub, a group of influential tech leaders are exploring new horizons. Eastern Solano County, positioned strategically between Sacramento, San Francisco, and Napa Valley, has caught their attention as the next potential site for a cutting-edge community.
California Forever spearheads the initiative
Under the banner of California Forever, linked with Flannery Associates, over 50,000 acres have been acquired in the county. As the company's intentions become public, they're inviting conversations about the future of this new venture. The vision is to create a thriving community that houses tech workers, offers good-paying local jobs, and fosters an environment that champions green energy, emphasizing solar farms and open spaces.
The ambitious project is backed by some of the tech industry's most prominent figures. Investors in California Forever include Marc Andreessen, Patrick and John Collison, Chris Dixon, John Doerr, Nat Friedman, Daniel Gross, Reid Hoffman, Michael Moritz, Laurene Powell Jobs, and the California investment firm Andreessen Horowitz.
Tapping into the past for a brighter future
Interestingly, this isn't the first time eastern Solano has been recognized for its potential. Historical plans have previously suggested its suitability for new communities, given its strategic location and natural advantages.
With this tech-driven city, the leaders at California Forever aim to mesh Silicon Valley's innovative spirit with the needs of modern urban living.