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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.


Leading the Charge: A look at the work of SMUD leader, Bill Boyce, in EV adoption

Apr 05, 2016
Valley Vision is working along side Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) to ensure that the Capital Region is prepared for widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs). To gain a better understanding of SMUD’s role in the efforts, we recently had a conversation with Bill Boyce, the Manager of the Electric Transportation and Energy & Research groups for SMUD, about what they are...+ Read more
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Thinking Green in San Joaquin

Blog: Project Update
Mar 30, 2016
This past weekend I was sorting boxes in my garage and stumbled across the binder I received when I joined the Valley Vision board back in 2004, representing the tech giant Intel in Folsom. Susan Frazier was the CEO, Karen Baker (now California's volunteer director) was chief operating officer, and Garrett Brandenburger ran the office. Valley Vision's budget had just passed the $550,000 mark, and...+ Read more
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New Data Released About Economic Contributions of the Sacramento Capital Region’s Food and Agriculture Industry Cluster

News release
Mar 29, 2016
SACRAMENTO, CA — New research on changes to the Sacramento Capital Region's food and ag job cluster were recently unveiled aimed at helping area schools, universities, and economic development and workforce training agencies keep in step with changes in the industry. The new research looks at business and employment changes from 2008 to 2014, using economic development modeling conducted by the...+ Read more

Intel Executive, Finance Leaders Join Valley Vision Board

News release
Mar 28, 2016
Debora A. Bubb, Louise A. Walker and Andy Wong expand organization’s leadership capacity SACRAMENTO, CA — Valley Vision announced today that three additional regional leaders—Debora A. Bubb, Louise A. Walker and Andy Wong—were recently named the civic leadership organization’s newest board members. “Valley Vision is a unique organization with a special purpose,” said Bill Mueller, Valley Vision’s...+ Read more

I Beg Your Pardon - More School Gardens!

Blog: Project Update
Mar 17, 2016
Three hundred and fifty adults spent the weekend in high school at the end of February. Soil Born Farms held their school garden symposium – A Garden In Every School – at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) on February 27 th and 28 th . Saturday morning included an excellent line-up of speakers from Vanessa Carter of Occidental Arts & Ecology Center...+ Read more
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AgPlus Consortium Hits A Home Run

Blog: Project Update
Mar 16, 2016
On March 2 nd and 3 rd Valley Vision trucked down Highway 99 (and saw beautiful wildflower blooms along the way!) to Fresno, California. As you may know, the Central Valley - 28 counties from Redding in the north to Bakersfield in the south - was designated as an Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) region by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). Regional...+ Read more
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State of RT 2016: Much accomplished, much more to be done

Mar 14, 2016
UPDATED March 15, 2016: To help address financial concerns, the RT board voted to raise fares 10 percent beginning July 1. On March 9 th , the annual State of RT Breakfast event was held at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. Jointly sponsored by Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) and the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. The event highlights past accomplishments of RT across the county of...+ Read more
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How Do We Grow from Here?

Blog: Randomness
Mar 07, 2016
Last month, the New Partners for Smart Growth conference held its annual event that brings together multi-disciplinary practitioners, advocates and champions focused on making their communities great places to live, work and recreate. The conference draws a national audience of local elected officials and city and county staff; state and federal agency leaders; professionals in planning,...+ Read more

Sacramento Capital Region Advanced Manufacturing

News release
Feb 22, 2016
Advanced Manufacturing Shows Future Job Growth in the Sacramento Capital Region SACRAMENTO, CA – The advanced manufacturing sector directly and indirectly employs more than 42,000 in the six-county Sacramento Capital Region and contributed more than $12.4 billion in economic output in 2014, according to a new report released today by Valley Vision, the region’s civic leadership organization. The...+ Read more
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Broadband Leaders in Action: Carlos Ramos

Feb 22, 2016
Broadband is a big deal in the State of California, with many rural and urban residents still without connectivity due to challenging geography and slow deployment. I recently sat down with Carlos Ramos, the Director of the California Department of Technology, to talk about recent policy developments, priorities for 2016 and best practices for elected officials in advancing broadband deployment,...+ Read more