Rural Urban Connection Strategy

What is the goal?

Supporting the Sacramento region’s rural areas with research and tools to plan for their future.

Why is this important?

The rural landscapes surrounding the Sacramento region play an irreplaceable role in producing fruit, nuts, rice and dozens of other products that feed the world, sustain residents with jobs and food, and provide habitat for birds and animals. The Sacramento Area Council of Governments recognizes that rural places have unique challenges. They are creating brand new tools that help rural governments, businesses and community organizations make development and transportation plans that support a positive future. These tools help communities see new opportunities to support agriculture, improve roadways, create jobs and protect natural resources.

What is Valley Vision doing about it?

In 2008 and 2009 Valley Vision helped the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) research approaches to support farms and ranches in the rural parts of the region. Valley Vision staff interviewed farmers to gather ideas for innovative ways to help them increase their connections with local eaters. This list of innovations was one part of SACOG’s online encyclopedia of information to support rural economies, and provided the foundation for future work on the Rural Urban Connections Strategy which is still ongoing today.


Valley Vision supported the Rural Urban Connections strategy in 2008 - 2009, and continues to stay connected to the project team at the Sacramento Area Council of Governments.

  • Valley Vision’s research contributed to the first-ever online encyclopedia of ideas (“wiki”) for helping small, rural communities survive and thrive in the Sacramento region.

  • The Rural Urban Connections Strategy has attracted nationwide attention for creating sophisticated tools that help rural communities consider different scenarios for their future plans, and then identify the land use, transportation, agriculture and business decisions that result in the most desirable outcomes (like less traffic, better air quality, increased profitability, etc.).

  • Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)
  • Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)