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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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Local School Buses to Go Electric

Jun 24, 2016
The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) has tentatively* been awarded $7.5 million in funding that will allow local school districts to offer their students the ultimate in clean rides to school on electric school buses. The $7.5 million in funding would come from California Climate Investments (aka Cap-and-Trade funding) that goes toward greenhouse gas reduction...+ Read more
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Valley Vision is Like a Pair of Skorts

Jun 22, 2016
According to Wikipedia, the one and only source for peer-reviewed, reliably-sourced information, a skort “ is generally a pair of shorts with a fabric panel resembling a skirt covering the front, although some may be skirts with a pair of integral shorts hidden underneath. The term "skort" (a portmanteau of skirt and shorts ) is used idiomatically in some regions ” (who knew). “ While some...+ Read more
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Air Quality and Economic Growth?

Blog: Project Update
Jun 21, 2016
Air Quality and Economic Growth? The June 10 quarterly meeting of the Clean Air Partnership (CAP) explored linkages between air quality and economic growth, with a focus on Yolo and Solano counties. The event was held at the Community Center in the City of West Sacramento, where a group of over 50 participants – representing a cross-sector of local, state and federal governments, business and...+ Read more

Thomas and Ault Awarded for Leadership in Business

News release
Jun 18, 2016
SACRAMENTO, June 17, 2016 -- The Sacramento Business Journal today announced its slate of outstanding women leaders that included incoming Board Chairwoman Keri Thomas of Sutter Health and Valley Vision's own Communication's Advisor, Christine Ault . "Keri's no-nonsense approach to problem-solving and out-of-the-box thinking have helped rocket her to a top leadership post at Sutter Health, one of...+ Read more
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Green Energy Technology Program at Laguna Creek High School – Preparing for Jobs in the Clean Economy and Thriving in School

Blog: Project Update
Jun 14, 2016
“It’s fun to see something that I created working like this.” said Hien Nguyen, a 17-year-old junior at Laguna Creek High School about making electric- and solar-powered go-carts in his Green Energy Technology Academy (GETA) class. Students in GETA study the technology of renewable energy. Early in May, students were working hard in the shop and testing their go-cart technology, trying to...+ Read more

Soapbox: California’s Economy Can Be Boosted by Investing in Workforce

Press coverage
Jun 13, 2016
You may have read the headline: California’s business climate is dead last among the nation’s 50 states. To borrow a phrase from a rental car commercial, let us just say: “Not exactly.” Chief Executive magazine said that CEOs favor states with fewer regulations. No surprise there. We won’t argue that California’s regulatory system couldn’t use changes. But dead last? How then would you explain...+ Read more
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The California Endowment and Valley Vision Celebrate Five Years of Impact

Blog: Project Update
Jun 08, 2016
For almost six years, Valley Vision has had the opportunity to participate in The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative – a 10-year strategic approach to addressing issues associated with poverty-created poor health outcomes and “improving the conditions under which young people in underserved communities can be healthy and thrive.” The California Endowment just released...+ Read more

Valley Vision Expands Volunteer Leadership Team

News release
May 23, 2016
George Claire, Michael Marion and Colin Twomey join the civic leadership organization’s board of directors SACRAMENTO, CA — Valley Vision announced today that three regional leaders from VSP Global, Drexel University, and the Sacramento Kings were recently appointed to the board of directors. “We are pleased that Valley Vision continues to attract top business, education, and community leaders...+ Read more
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Does Regional Leadership Really Matter?

May 23, 2016
I stood there on stage under the glare of the lights, looking out into a theater filled to the brim with Valley Vision board members, staff, clients and partners. You could see their big smiles from far away. B Street Theater had just wrapped up a hilarious 30-minute Family-Feud-style skit that doubled as our annual awards program. The actors were talented, but it was the award winners themselves...+ Read more
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What Is More Cool than Farm to School!

Blog: Project Update
May 19, 2016
What could be a better location to talk about Farm to School than an urban farm using sustainable practices, designed in a way to create community – an event building, outdoor classroom, kids’ garden, farm stand and piglets? On a warm and bright Wednesday afternoon, nearly 50 people from across the Sacramento region gathered in the Schoolhouse at Soil Born Farms to talk about Farm to School...+ Read more