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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.


Sustaining our Clean Air Progress

Blog: Opinion
Feb 28, 2017
As the federal government considers changes to environmental regulations which are eliciting both anticipation and trepidation, California signals it will continue to pursue its role as a leader in the efforts to address global climate change. This is good news for an overwhelming majority of Californians (81%) who view climate change as a very serious (54%) or somewhat serious (27%) threat to...+ Read more

Statewide School2Home Network Takes Action to Close the Digital Divide

Blog: Project Update
Feb 15, 2017
School leaders from all over California gathered in Ontario last week to share experiences and best practices in implementing School2Home , the California Emerging Technology Fund’s (CETF) statewide effort to close both the Digital Divide and the Achievement Gap in low-performing schools. Sunne Wright McPeak , CETF President and CEO, hosted the eighth annual School2Home Leadership Academy,...+ Read more

A Workforce Fit for Food Processing

Blog: Project Update
Feb 15, 2017
The AgPlus Food Processing Workforce Summit on February 7th kicked off the 2017 Food Processing Expo in Sacramento, which is hosted every year by the California League of Food Processors (CLFP) . The Expo is the largest food processing-related tradeshow in California, drawing a national audience. This first-ever workforce summit offered attendees a unique chance to talk about solving the big...+ Read more
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Another Reason Why Building Walls is a Bad Idea

Blog: Opinion
Feb 01, 2017
We take the long view at Valley Vision . Not just to make sure we anticipate how our actions today will impact us all in 5, 10 or 20 years, but so that we can anticipate the future and plan for it today. The irony of our age is that while we all experience the rapid disruptive shifts of technology, economy and environment daily, our social institutions move and change much slower. We have to plan...+ Read more

AgPlus Rural Business Workshops Are Making the Connection

Blog: Project Update
Jan 31, 2017
Valley Vision, through a grant from USDA Rural Development, is on track to connect many rural food and ag businesses in our region with resources to help them grow and thrive. We are at the halfway point in our AgPlus project to hold four workshops throughout the Capital region, the goal of which is to connect these businesses with financing information and business development opportunities. The...+ Read more
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Celebrating Leadership in a Changing Region

Jan 25, 2017
Our region is changing. The Sacramento region is seeing a new cast of leaders take on a wide variety of new roles. The issues that these leaders must address are changing as well. Our federal government is adopting a new, different set of priorities. One constant in the midst of this change is that we are a region of remarkable people doing extraordinary things – and this is worth honoring...+ Read more

For Trump, We Should Prove, Not Provoke

Blog: Opinion
Jan 18, 2017
Sacramento was the host region for the 5th Annual California Economic Summit in December. Serving as co-chair, I was part of a number of behind-the-scenes meetings, including a small dinner featuring a talk by Jim Brulte , the chair of the California Republican Party, and the former Senate GOP leader. In a decidedly blue state, it was a cagey move to learn from one of the smartest GOP strategists...+ Read more

Enough of the Disruption. It’s Time We Act As One Region

Blog: Opinion
Jan 12, 2017
Last week six of Valley Vision’s former board chairmen and women gave us t heir opinions on what we should work on in 2017 as one region. Reducing homelessness, providing mental health support, growing jobs, and re-thinking government approaches to community reinvestment topped their list. Sage advice. To formulate our 2017 work plan, we asked the same question of the 30 board leaders that guide...+ Read more
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2017 Priorities: Jobs, Government Innovation, and Teamwork

Blog: Opinion
Jan 05, 2017
We know what to do, and we have for a while – in 2017 we must execute What are the major issues facing our region this year? In the last weeks I have reached out to some well-known leaders who have left their imprint on the Sacramento Region. These leaders, who also happen to be men and women who have led Valley Vision’s 30-member Board through some of our region’s most difficult times, shared...+ Read more
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Air Quality, Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities

Blog: Project Update
Dec 23, 2016
On December 2, the topic of the final Cleaner Air Partnership quarterly luncheon of 2016 centered on Air Quality, Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities. The event was hosted by the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® and held at their offices on Howe Avenue. Kate White , deputy secretary of environmental policy and housing coordination with the California State Transportation Agency,...+ Read more