California is in major need of infrastructure improvements, and we need to build while we can.

That's one of the points to come out of the California Economic Summit, which has brought business leaders and state lawmakers together downtown this week.

Lenny Mendonca with California Forward says we need to start chipping away at some $700 billion in work while the state's in the black.

"We're absolutely going to have a combination of investment models that include some public financing, new bonds, but importantly, is also going to be user fees," Mendonca said. 

Private investment through special financing districts that can build what they want how they want, as well.

Mendonca says we're talking everything from sidewalk repairs to water pipes and all those potholes.