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The latest news, analysis, commentary and thoughts from Valley Vision.  Read on about what we're saying, and what others are saying about us.

There Was A Time When Sacramento Didn’t Want to Be an Ag Town

Press coverage
Sep 14, 2017
This article was originally published in The Sacramento Bee on September 13, 2017. It has been nearly 20 years since the idea for Soil Born Farms was planted. Agriculture, as it has since the 1840’s, was booming in the Sacramento Valley. There were some early voices singing the virtues of our agricultural heritage to the growing population of city slickers back then. Leadership at the Sacramento...+ Read more

Touring the Region's Food and Ag Ecosystem

Blog: Project Update
Aug 29, 2017
August kicked off with a focus on many aspects of our region’s food and ag systems, including a site visit from Bryan Zulko , our USDA Rural Development federal representative for the Central Valley AgPlus Food and Beverage Manufacturing Consortium . The visit was a follow up to the Metro Chamber’s May Cap-to-Cap trip , where the Food and Ag Committee connected with our federal agency partners as...+ Read more
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Could Hackathons Fix the Food System?

Blog: Project Update
Aug 08, 2017
Hackathons could solve some of the world’s biggest problems. That was my main takeaway from volunteering at the recent Apps for Ag Hackathon , where over 50 people worked feverishly for 48 hours to build cutting-edge AgTech platforms and applications. The focus of this annual hackathon is on building technological solutions to challenges in the world of food and agriculture – and build they did...+ Read more

Sacramento Designated Electrify America's First "Green City"

Other
Aug 04, 2017
A major win for clean air advocates and all Sacramentans – late last month, Sacramento was designated the first ‘Green City’ by Electrify America, a Volkswagen (VW) subsidiary with a mission to power electric mobility from coast to coast. Electrify America will invest $2 billion nationwide and an additional $800 million in California over the next 10 years to advance Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV)...+ Read more
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A Wellness Policy for the 21st Century

Blog: Project Update
Aug 02, 2017
Last week the Sacramento Bee ran an op-ed about work undertaken by Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and community partners in revising the district wellness policy . The op-ed, co-authored by Amber Stot t of the Food Literacy Center and Debra Oto-Kent of Health Education Council, mentions Valley Vision, as we have had the privilege of facilitating this process through funding by...+ Read more
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Our Broadband Plan for 2017

Blog: Project Update
Jun 29, 2017
As the global economy continues its transformation into a digital economy – with smart cities, smart cars, cloud computing and the quickly evolving Internet of Things – broadband connectivity, or high-speed Internet access, has become an essential utility. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal , broadband access has come to be seen as the “ roads, sewers and water of the modern...+ Read more

Envisioning the Future of Transportation

Blog: Project Update
Jun 28, 2017
On June 23 rd , over 40 people from across the Sacramento region gathered for the Cleaner Air Partnership (CAP) Quarterly Luncheon to hear from leaders in transportation and environmental sustainability. As our region grows in population and progresses in community revitalization, transportation innovation and subsequent air quality considerations are more important than ever. In 2016, the...+ Read more
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Investing in Transit is Not a One-Way Street

Blog: Project Update
Jun 28, 2017
Prioritizing transit translates to economic returns, market competitiveness and higher quality of life A 2014 Forbes article cited a study published in World Leisure Journal that concluded that people with the longest commutes have the lowest overall satisfaction with life. That’s why affordable, accessible, and connected public transit should not be viewed simply as infrastructure. Transit...+ Read more

Climate, Equity, and Health: A Priority for Cross-Sector Collaboration

Other
Jun 28, 2017
Leaders in Public Health and Planning gathered at the Maple Neighborhood Center in South Sacramento on June 7 th for the second annual Regional Convening of Public Health Officers and Planning Directors , presented by Design 4 Active Sacramento and Planners4Health. The event, featuring speakers from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the California Department of Public Health, the...+ Read more

Women Who Mean Business Honoree Profile: Trish Kelly

Press coverage
Jun 23, 2017
Originally Published in Sacramento Business Journal: June 23, 2017 Valley Vision ’s mission is to make the Sacramento region a great place to live and work. Trish Kelly ’s job is to get people on board with the nonprofit’s vision. “A lot of what I do is to bring people together and connect them,” she said. Kelly manages Valley Vision’s programs in food and agriculture, broadband and digital...+ Read more

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