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How Do You Clean Up A Wicked Mess?

Press coverage
Oct 07, 2016
Too often, as Judith Stern once observed, experience is a comb that life gives you after you lose your hair. Retreats can be good or bad, and occasionally they can turn a bit ugly. The Board of the Tahoe Prosperity Center (TPC) held a retreat on Sept. 16 at Moe’s Original Bar B Que in Tahoe City (great BBQ – thank you, Moe’s). In this case, we spent most of our Friday searching for our...+ Read more

Valley Vision Makes Urban Jobs Creation A Priority

News release
Sep 28, 2016
Civic leadership organization sets out to reduce economic insecurity that plagues poverty-stricken communities SACRAMENTO, CA — At its annual strategic planning session yesterday, Valley Vision’s board of directors voted unanimously to focus the organization’s attention over the next 10 years on job creation and economic growth in urban areas stricken by concentrated poverty. Valley Vision staff...+ Read more
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At the Intersection of Air Quality and Health

Blog: Project Update
Sep 28, 2016
The intersection of air quality and community health was explored at the Cleaner Air Partnership quarterly meeting on September 23, 2016. Ashley Brand , Director of Community Health and Outreach with Dignity Health, provided an overview of the requirements of nonprofit hospitals for community benefit programs and Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). Valley Vision's Giovanna Forno and Alan...+ Read more
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Robyn's Reflections on Farm-to-Fork Month

Blog: Project Update
Sep 28, 2016
September is Farm-to-Fork month in Sacramento, with events including Legends of Wine , the Farm to Every Fork dinner , the Fresh Food Drive supporting Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services , and much more. One of the main events, produced by Visit Sacramento , is the Farm-to-Fork Festival along Capitol Mall, and this year saw an even bigger and better festival in its fourth year, with an...+ Read more

The Future of Food: An Interview with Tim Johnson and Shawn Harrison

Sep 26, 2016
Valley Vision board members Tim Johnson and Shawn Harrison are longtime champions of food and agriculture innovation in the Sacramento region (and beyond). In recognition of Farm-to-Fork month here in our bountiful region, Valley Vision staff recently sat down with these two leaders to ask questions about further evolving our region's comparative advantage in food and ag: 1. Why were you inspired...+ Read more
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EDA Awards $250,000 to Advance Central Valley Ag Manufacturing

News release
Sep 22, 2016
Sacramento, Chico, Fresno, and Central Sierra partnering regions lead AgPlus Initiative SACRAMENTO, CA — Valley Vision Managing Director Trish Kelly was notified today by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) that California’s Central Valley will be awarded $250,000 to carry out implementation activities as part of the Valley’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP)...+ Read more
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SACOG Board Names James Corless As Next CEO

Press coverage
Sep 21, 2016
The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) has unanimously selected James Corless to serve as its next chief executive officer. He will start April 3, 2017. The decision comes after SACOG’s current chief executive officer, Mike McKeever announced he will retire on December 31, 2016. Upon the announcement of McKeever’s retirement, the SACOG Board of Directors undertook a rigorous six-month...+ Read more
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CropMobster Fights Food Waste, Hunger

Press coverage
Sep 12, 2016
Good food going to waste is sadly far too common. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that as much as 40 percent of all food produced in the U.S. ends up as waste, equaling 133 billion pounds and $161 billion in food value each year. Here in the Sacramento region our food and agriculture system is one of the most productive in the world. Yet, more than 240,000 people — 18 percent of the...+ Read more
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AgTech and the Future of Agriculture

Blog: Project Update
Aug 25, 2016
Over 150 people gathered on the evening of August 20th at Windmill Vineyards in Woodland for Dinner and Drones , a celebration of local agriculture and technology with a delicious Farm-to-Fork dinner topped off with drone races over the vineyards. Yes - seriously - drone races! The dinner was the first fundraiser for AgStart , a program begun by SARTA to provide services and connectivity between...+ Read more
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Nearly 10,000 Lbs. of Fresh Watermelons Donated to Feed the Hungry

Blog: Project Update
Aug 24, 2016
This past Saturday, 20 Harvest Sacramento volunteers converged on Three Rivers Ranch in West Sacramento to pick watermelons for the hungry. The end result – over 10,000 pounds of fruit harvested with 9,224 pounds of fresh, delicious watermelons picked up by Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services for distribution across the region. The volunteers got to fill up their cars with what didn’t fit...+ Read more