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Student getting lunch in a cafeteria at a high school.

Bank of America understands that good eggs make good grades!

Blog: Project Update
Dec 16, 2013
When was the last time you witnessed a teenager turning down free food? Assuming your offering isn’t a plate full of vegetables, the answer is likely never . So why are thousands of students in Sacramento County turning down a free school breakfast every morning? The National School Breakfast Program provides federal reimbursements to school districts serving breakfast to students with limited...+ Read more
Valley Vision Holiday Party with staff, family and friends.

What do you hope for in 2014?

Dec 16, 2013
We recently posted a blog about the things we are thankful for and wanted to follow up with what impact we hope to see in 2014. Each Valley Vision staff member was asked to submit a New Year's Resolution and the following are our thoughts and musings for the year to come. I’d like to see more good deeds happen in the region towards the needy! -Jennifer Approach life and work with a JFDI spirit...+ Read more
Bok choy and oranges at the farmer's market.

The Food System Collaborative's Healthy Food Goals for 2014

Blog: Project Update
Dec 16, 2013
On November 15 th , over 50 people gathered at the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services to help set the direction of the Sacramento Region Food System Collaborative (FSC) over the next year. Four working groups met for 2.5 hours to develop goals and actions in the following areas: food education; food distribution/market access; land use; and expansion of the FSC's regional food charter...+ Read more
Bicycles outside of a bike clinic shop in Sacramento.

Bike, not Burn

Blog: Project Update
Dec 16, 2013
I originally had my head set on writing a glorious blog about the highlights of owning a gas powered fireplace insert-I know you must be so disappointed-but I couldn’t help but notice that the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) just approved funding for the Bike Share Program rollout developed by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD). I know you must be...+ Read more
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Hope over State Deadlock

Blog: Opinion
Dec 14, 2013
Last week leaders from six California metro regions came together in the Valley Vision office. We spent the day together. There were problems to be overcome. Issues that continued to vex each one of us and the people we represent. What would bring together the president and CEO of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the COO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development...+ Read more
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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