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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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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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Valley Vision is Like a Pair of Skorts

Other
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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