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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.


Valley Vision and PG&E Bring Energy Careers to the San Joaquin Valley

Blog: Project Update
Nov 09, 2016
Through a successful partnership with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company , Valley Vision is proud to report out on the impact of the Energy Careers Experience Program (ECEP) thus far. The program serves two purposes: (1) It provides college students with internships within PG&E energy efficiency programs, providing the students with needed energy careers experience; and (2) it fosters...+ Read more

Project SlingShot Will Provide $750,000 in Grants to Boost Local Innovation Economy

News release
Nov 03, 2016
Partnership of four regional workforce development boards to release RFP November 4, 2016 SACRAMENTO, CA — The California Capital Region entrepreneurial and small business community will benefit from $750,000 in new grant funding between now and March 2018, thanks to the newly-launched Project SlingShot. The funds will be made available through a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process,...+ Read more
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Advocates for Clean Air Support Measure B

Blog: Project Update
Oct 26, 2016
The Cleaner Air Partnership Supports Measure B: The Road Maintenance & Traffic Relief Act of 2016 Take a look out the window as you travel our local roads and you’ll see a visible list of delayed-maintenance projects in the potholes, cracks and signs of wear-and-tear along the roadways. This critical infrastructure is aging and in dire need of investment in order to repair and maintain our...+ Read more
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CleanTech Forum Takes Sacramento by Storm

Blog: Project Update
Oct 25, 2016
On October 19 th and 20 th , the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition hosted the Northern California Clean Technology Forum at the California Auto Museum. Valley Vision staff attended the event to connect with some of the movers and shakers of the CleanTech world and to augment our projects in the areas of clean air ( Cleaner Air Partnership ), innovation ( SlingShot ), and waste reduction (Regional...+ Read more

Valley Vision Celebrates National Manufacturing Day by Announcing New AgPlus Projects

Blog: Project Update
Oct 13, 2016
New Valley Vision AgPlus projects are launched as Congressman John Garamendi announces USDA rural business assistance project, and Congresswoman Doris Matsui announces EDA AgPlus Implementation strategy grant Each October, National Manufacturing Day events are held across the USA to celebrate the importance of American manufacturing. On Friday, October 7 th - concurrent with 2,600 events...+ Read more
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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