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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.

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Creating Place Through Public Art

Blog: Project Update
Aug 18, 2016
During next week’s Sacramento Mural Festival , local and international artists will descend on Downtown and Midtown Sacramento to create more than a dozen murals, invigorating some of the region’s most frequented public places. This inaugural festival begins on August 20 th and closes with ArtJam 2016 on August 27 th , an interactive party for community members (aka you!) to get involved by...+ Read more
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Sacramento As A Global Agricultural Leader

Blog: Project Update
Aug 18, 2016
The Sacramento region feeds America. This concept was the focus of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s State of Agriculture luncheon last Friday, attended by over 450 leaders from agriculture, business, government, and the nonprofit sector. The event is held annually to showcase the region’s assets as a global agricultural leader and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing...+ Read more
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My Home Energy Revolution

Blog: Randomness
Aug 18, 2016
There’s an energy revolution underway. In our household, it began with a good old-fashioned clothes line for hanging laundry out to dry. It didn’t start with the idea of saving the environment. It just didn’t seem to make good economic sense to be spending money on burning natural gas to dry clothes when the sunshine and wind did a superior job* at no cost. Next came getting rid of the old...+ Read more
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A Lasting Vision

Other
Aug 03, 2016
“ If it was easy, it wouldn’t be Valley Vision .” Our CEO extraordinaire, Bill Mueller , recently made this comment and I have to agree that it rings true. Over the past year, I have had the honor of working as a Program Manager on the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) project alongside a cadre of smart, energetic and (slightly) eccentric folks. Indeed, ‘easy’ is not a word I would use to...+ Read more
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Our Urban River

Other
Aug 02, 2016
As a key facet in Valley Vision's triple-bottom-line approach, environmental stewardship in our region is incredibly important to us. It is an essential function of Valley Vision's purpose to improve regional livability. The following is a guest blog about the mighty American River, one of our region's natural features most deserving of this stewardship . ----------------------------------- Water...+ Read more
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The Return of CleanStart

Newsletters
Jul 27, 2016
In 2004 and 2005, Gary Simon and Mark ­­­­­Henwood wanted to attract capital to the region to help clean tech startups in the area learn how to develop their business plans, and to get funded. To their surprise, they were met with strong resistance. Public opinion was that our economy was limited to commercial real estate, farming and military. They knew that they needed to...+ Read more

Higher and Hire

Blog: Randomness
Jul 20, 2016
Three millennials have recently taken on big roles in key Valley Vision projects. As ambitious young people, each who possesses a strong work ethic and brings valued expertise, we appreciate Giovanna , Jenny , and Andrew for their contributions to the important work Valley Vision conducts everyday. Congratulations to Giovanna and Jenny for being promoted to Executive Fellows and to Andrew for...+ Read more
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Advancing Regional Agriculture this Summer

Blog: Project Update
Jul 20, 2016
The Sacramento region, America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, is having one honeydew of a summer. Aside from the sure to be record-breaking Farm-to-Fork Week festivities, two upcoming events in particular will take place right here in our region, spotlighting our growing food and agriculture economy and raising our profile globally. The Metro Chamber’s State of Agriculture event, coming up on August 12...+ Read more
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The Rise of the Megaregion

Blog: Project Update
Jul 06, 2016
We’re all familiar with the Sacramento region. We live here, play here, and work every day to make it a great place to be. However, there’s another way we can think about our metropolitan area that elevates us to a global competitor – as part of the Northern California Megaregion . Doesn’t that sound mega-awesome? First off, the Northern California Megaregion is composed of 21 counties grouped...+ Read more
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Amelia Lawless Goes to Prison

Other
Jul 05, 2016
I was reminded recently by my mom that when I was six or seven years old she found me creating and crafting a new project. It was a Saturday morning and most kids were likely watching cartoons, enjoying sugar-sweetened cereal and maybe coloring. I was constructing a jail/hospital for my beloved plastic lizard collection. She should have been very worried for the years to come! Fast forward some...+ Read more

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