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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.

A Spoke-tacular Commitment

Blog: Randomness
May 17, 2017
You May have heard… May is bike month ! In celebration of this annual Spring welcome, Valley Vision thought it the perfect opportunity to make some commitments relevant to the world of bikes . For over six years, Valley Vision has been privileged to cycle in new art pieces periodically for display in our office. Thus, we are proud to announce that a new photography exposition by Cleber Bonato,...+ Read more
Larry Greene honored with Clean Air Champion Legacy Award

Celebrating Greene: Our Air Quality Champion

Blog: Project Update
May 17, 2017
Larry Greene , soon to retire executive director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) was recently honored individually by Breathe California-Sacramento and the Sacramento Metro Chamber, founding partners of the Cleaner Air Partnership. On May 2, during the culminating event of the Metro Chamber's 47th annual Cap-to-Cap federal advocacy program, Peter Tateishi...+ Read more

Farmer in the Capitol: An Interview with David Ogilvie

Blog: Opinion
May 17, 2017
This year’s Cap to Cap trip, sponsored by the Sac Metro Chamber, brought 350 regional leaders to Washington, D.C. and it was a most productive visit for the Food and Ag Committee. Last fall, David Ogilvie , Delta farmer (Wilson Vineyards) and winemaker (Muddy Boot Wine), joined our team as a Committee Co-Chair. On his first Cap to Cap trip, David did a fantastic job of telling our story and...+ Read more

Valley Vision’s Motto Will Stick With Me (Where Ever I Might Go)

May 17, 2017
In the summer of 2015, after graduating from Berkeley, I decided to move to Sacramento. Most of my friends and classmates had opted to begin their careers in bigger cities like New York, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. But I wanted something different, and packed my bags and moved to a new city where I had no job lined up, nor any family or friends there for support. It was a gut decision...+ Read more
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Clean Air Stakeholders Advocate in D.C. for Continued Progress

Blog: Project Update
May 16, 2017
The Cleaner Air Partnership , as part of the Air Quality team, advanced mulitiple policy priorities for continued progress in improving our region's air quality in Washington D. C. April 29 through May 3 as part of the Metro Chamber's annual Cap-to-Cap federal advocacy program. The Sacramento Region does not meet state and federal air quality standards for ozone (smog) and has only recently met...+ Read more
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Big Day, Bigger Impact - An Interview with Linda Cutler

May 02, 2017
The Big Day of Giving , the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s initiative to grow local philanthropy, is coming up tomorrow, May 4! Since its inception, the online giving challenge has raised more than $16 million for local nonprofits from over 36,000 donors here in the Sacramento region and abroad. Talk about impact! I had the chance to ask the Foundation’s CEO, Linda Cutler , some...+ Read more

'Internet for All Now' Becoming a Reality

Blog: Project Update
Apr 27, 2017
On April 26, the Internet for All Now Act (AB 1665-Garcia), also known as IFAN, was heard in the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee. Through a strong stakeholder process, a framework has been agreed to for the legislation which includes the following: $300M for the Infrastructure Account with the goal to achieve 98% deployment in each region ($270M has been authorized to date and...+ Read more

Festivals, Hippies, and Economic Development

Blog: Randomness
Apr 19, 2017
Imagine that you are hippie-dancing out in the woods to crazy electronic music . It is a blur of multicolored lasers, thumping bass, art installations, and people dressed like extras in a Mad Max movie. It smells a lot like wood smoke, and some other types of smoke. Perhaps this festival scene sounds like utterly unproductive nonsense? Or maybe the ideal way to spend a Saturday? It's actually...+ Read more

Air Quality Efforts Pay Off for Sacramento Region

News release
Apr 19, 2017
Air quality efforts pay off for Sacramento Region Region’s air quality has improved, but more work remains to be done SACRAMENTO, CA —In its account of the nation’s air quality, the American Lung Association (ALA) released a State of the Air 2017 report today that grades U.S. counties on harmful ozone and particle pollution recorded over a three-year period, and details trends for metropolitan...+ Read more
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Business Leaping to Lead on Climate Action

Blog: Project Update
Apr 19, 2017
To say that this is a time of both great uncertainty and great urgency in the climate action world is no overstatement. Sweeping changes – both proposed and already underway – within the federal government are creating either a void or an opportunity (depending on one’s perspective) into which businesses are stepping into larger and more influential roles. Some of the just most recent examples,...+ Read more