Valley Vision, in partnership with the Local Government Commission (LGC) and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, is reaching out to leading organizations to identify a suite of pilot projects focused on tackling affordable housing, alternative or multi-modal transportation, and rural broadband development. Fellows can effectively support local capacity building through activities such as data analysis, geospatial analytics, asset inventories, stakeholder needs assessments, best practices analysis and recommendations, and community outreach and education.
Starting in Fall 2018, 20 CivicSpark Fellows will spend 11 months working for and with local governments and communities to address opportunity access issues across California. Fellows will be college graduates with backgrounds in planning, policy, economics,community development or housing studies who will provide support by implementing capacity building projects for the communities they serve. Each Fellow will dedicate approximately 1300 hours towards these community projects and initiatives. Fellows can work with one community or several during the year, and can be hosted by a local, regional, or state agency or an NGO.
CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address community resilience issues such as climate change and water resource management. Opportunity Access is a new CivicSpark program focus area for 2018-2019.