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Announcing 40 under 40 winners for 2013; Valley Vision's Tara Thronson Recognized

Press coverage
Dec 10, 2013
This year’s group of 40 Under 40 may not be famous yet, but many of them are well are their way. Chosen by a panel of independent judges, they are smart, driven, passionate and poised to add more feats to their already impressive resumes. They are a diverse group professionally, ranging from lawyers and health care providers to educators and high-tech entrepreneurs. Some have risen through the...+ Read more

Leadership Profile: Scott Syphax

Nov 27, 2013
Our region is full of dynamic leaders with wide influence. Starting today we will be profiling established and emerging leaders who are having a major impact on our quality of life in the Capital Region. We begin close to home with Scott Syphax, the President and CEO of the Nehemiah Companies and the 2013-14 chairman of Valley Vision's 30-member volunteer board. He was interviewed recently by...+ Read more
Fall basket full of dried ears of corn and pumpkins.

What am I Thankful For? Thanksgiving Musings from the Valley Vision Staff

Blog: Opinion
Nov 26, 2013
I am thankful for fresh ideas, risk-taking leaders, and the bright and inspiring future of the Sacramento Region. -Lula I'm thankful for the opportunity to seek solutions to big, complex problems facing our community. -Tara I am thankful for such a diverse Board of Directors. Great bunch with lots of opinions and suggestions. -Jennifer I am thankful for family. They inspire. -Bill I am thankful...+ Read more
Solar panel in front of SMUD building.

Can I Have My Water and Heat it Too?

Blog: Project Update
Nov 26, 2013
“What is the cheapest form of energy?” Ygrene Energy Fund’s Joe Livaich posed this question to representatives from business, local government, health and environmental communities at the last Cleaner Air Partnership Quarterly Luncheon. His response – a “negawatt” – energy that is not consumed. Sounded like a trick question to me, but he makes a great point. Of course I like to reduce my energy...+ Read more

Feds Recognize Next Economy as a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

News release
Nov 22, 2013
The Seattle Regional Office of the Economic Development Administration (EDA) notified Next Economy partners in a letter dated November 21, 2013 that the region’s $5.3 billion job strategy, known as Next Economy, has been approved as a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, or CEDS. CEDS are required by the EDA, a unit within the U.S. Department of Commerce, before jurisdictions can...+ Read more

In Shift, Board Votes to Make Syphax Chairman for Two-years

News release
Nov 19, 2013
The 30-member volunteer board of Valley Vision voted unanimously yesterday to extend the term of chair and vice chair to two-years to ensure leadership continuity as the regional nonprofit prepares itself for the next five years. The move, made official at the annual strategy session of the board, will mean that Scott Syphax , President and CEO of the Nehemiah Companies and lead developer of the...+ Read more
Dr. Ramin Yazdani, Senior Civil Engineer, County of Yolo Planning and Public Works Department. Gabriel Meehan, Los Rios Community College District. Tim Taylor, SMAQMD. Craig Weckman, American River College.

When Getting Trashed Pays Off

Blog: Project Update
Nov 13, 2013
In the Sacramento region a small collection of companies are making us take a second look at our garbage and landfills as assets rather than symbols of our own wastefulness. Fully leveraging this economic development opportunity will demand focused attention on behalf of the region. You see, we’re not the only place in the world with garbage, and we’re not the only ones looking for ways to turn...+ Read more
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Talk of the Two California's Pervades Statewide Economic Summit

Blog: Opinion
Nov 09, 2013
Imagine 500 leaders agreeing on anything. Now imagine that they come from all over California, from the remote Redwood Coast through the Central Valley down to densely populated Los Angeles and San Diego. Different interests, different needs, vastly different experiences. But as the 2 nd Annual California Economic Summit just concluded in Los Angeles, swift agreement was reached by all on what...+ Read more
Tara Thronson is the Project Manager of the Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium and the Cleaner Air Partnership - Dressed as Broadband as a Green Strategy

It’s Not Easy Being Green – But Broadband Can Help

Blog: Project Update
Nov 04, 2013
As the resident “broadband evangelist,” I continue to spread the good news about the many benefits that come with access to high-speed Internet. Most recently I evangelized on behalf of Valley Vision and the Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium at a recent meeting of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). You may be wondering: what does broadband have to do with cleaning the air? It’s...+ Read more

Got Fiber? Your regional broadband update brought to you one spoonful at a time…

Blog: Project Update
Oct 28, 2013
What does a Broadband Champion look like? Valley Vision recently partnered with the California Emerging Technology Fund, California State Association of Counties, League of California Cities and Rural County Representatives of California to host a Local Government Officials Roundtable focused on Broadband. Sitting around the table were 80 participants, including 24 elected officials from cities...+ Read more