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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
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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

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

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

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

AgPlus Workshops Bring Resources to Rural Communities

Blog: Project Update
Jun 22, 2017
Between November 2016 and May 2017, Valley Vision held four workshops in rural areas across the Sacramento Capital region, connecting food and ag businesses with financing information and business development opportunities. The workshop series attracted over 200 attendees and featured 34 resource providers , thanks to a grant from USDA Rural Development. An initiative of the Central Valley AgPlus...+ Read more
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Opinion: 'Epic' Bicycle Trail Could Drive Growth

Press coverage
Jun 16, 2017
Published in Sacramento Business Journal: June 16, 2017 It’s easy to articulate what makes the Sacramento region a special place to call home. So much of what we enjoy relates to “place:” A confluence of rivers in a fertile valley flanked by a beautiful coastal range; the American River Parkway; and our urban forest that gives way through the foothills to the great conifer forests of the Tahoe...+ Read more
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Parks, Recreational Trails Top Residents’ List as Most Important Civic Amenities

News release
Jun 13, 2017
New research shows a majority of residents would pay $21-30 in increased annual taxes SACRAMENTO, CA — Valley Vision and Sacramento State’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) released findings today from a public opinion survey that captured regional attitudes on civic and cultural amenities. When asked to rank the amenity that most influences their quality of life, respondents ranked parks and...+ Read more