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Connecting California's Regions to the State and Each Other
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Blueprint Learning Network 2007 - Fresno
Futures Connected: California and Its Regions
Day 1 Tuesday, September 25th
12:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
  • Jeff Loux, Director, Land Use and Natural Resource Program, UC Davis
  • Will Kempton, Director, Caltrans
  • Cynthia Bryant, Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)
  • Alan Autry, Mayor, City of Fresno
  • Barbara Goodwin, Executive Director, Council of Fresno County Governments
1:15 p.m. The Interdependence of the Valley and the State of California
  • Carol Whiteside, President, Great Valley Center
It is impossible to achieve improved air quality in California (reduced greenhouse gas emissions) without addressing growth pressures in the Valley. The Great Valley Center has been on the forefront of regional strategies and recognizes the trade-offs that elected officials and the public must make to create sustainable communities for the good of the region and the state.
1:30 p.m. Economic Health and Regional Blueprint Planning
Moderator Marjorie Kirn, Deputy Executive Director, Merced County Association of Governments
Panelists
Setting the context of the range and scope of the challenges facing the Valley requires accurate and accessible data. This panel will establish baseline numbers and trends on challenges and opportunities facing the economy, agriculture, and health conditions of the Valley.
2:30 p.m. Towards Alignment: Regional Transportation Strategies
Moderator Mike McCoy, Academic Administrator, Information Center for the Environment, UC Davis
Towards Alignment (517 KB, PDF)
Panelists
Transportation investments create the grids upon which our communities work and live. This interactive panel will examine corridor planning, agricultural transportation networks, Inland Ports and other "big ticket" strategies that will have lasting impact on blueprint planning efforts and residents throughout the state.
3:30 p.m. Connecting Healthy Communities and Regional Blueprint Planning
Moderator Sunne Wright McPeak, President/CEO, CA Emerging Technology Fund
Panelists
Public health policy touches our lives in myriad ways each and every day - from the water we drink, to the streets our children cross, to the steps we take to avoid a contaminated food supply. Prevention and wellness require coordination across public agencies, partnership with private sector entrepreneurs and the use of state of the art technology. This panel will explore the formidable link between health and blueprint planning.
4:45 p.m. Wrap-Up and Summary of Day 1 Activities
  • Jeff Loux, Director, Land Use and Natural Resource Program, UC Davis
5:00 p.m. Information Exchange and Networking Reception
Join the BLN tradition and engage with key staff from Regional Blueprint Planning efforts across the state. Visit displays and hear directly from staff from State Agencies working to ensure the successful implementation of these programs through a range of innovative programs and activities.
To view videocast of Day 1, go to: BLN Fresno Day 1
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Day 2 Wednesday, September 26th
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Jeff Loux, Director, Land Use and Natural Resource Program, UC Davis
  • Will Kempton, Director, Caltrans
  • Cynthia Bryant, Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)
9:00 a.m. Integrating Water Planning with Long Range Sustainability
Moderator Jeff Loux, Director, Land Use and Natural Resource Program, UC Davis
Integrating Water and Land Use: Water Wise Urbanism (3.07 MB, PDF)
Panelists
Hear about international efforts to promote water conservation as part of holistic strategies towards sustainability, as well as specific efforts at the regional and local scale. This interactive panel will also address the intersection between long range planning and water systems at the local level.
10:45 a.m. Peer-to-Peer Exchange
The main business of the BLN Workshops -- in addition to the presentation of excellent research and discussions on the best approaches to Regional Blueprint Planning -- is interaction with other practitioners. Through a series of self-selected break-out sessions, participants will explore the relationship between blueprint planning and water, agriculture, social equity, health, and housing. Come prepared to ask questions and help solve key issues facing other practitioners.
12:00 p.m. LUNCH: Greenhouse Gas Reduction and the Business Climate
  • Seyed Sadredin, Director, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
  • Jeff Roberts, Vice President, Granville Homes
Pundits from both sides of the political spectrum agree that Climate Change is the greatest challenge of our era. The luncheon panel will discuss the strategies for achieving lasting climate change through partnership between regional government agencies (i.e. Air Quality Management Districts) and leading businesses with a stake in lasting prosperity in the region.
1:15 p.m. State of the Art Modeling and Integrated Planning for Jobs/Housing Balance
Moderator Linda Wheaton, Assistant Deputy Director, Housing and Community Development Agency
Panelists
New transportation strategies are forcing planners to ask critical questions about the future of our communities: Will multi-modal transportation systems replace single occupancy trips? Will agriculture workers represent a burden on aging infrastructure or an opportunity to forge stronger partnerships with employers? We focus here on innovations in transportation planning and how Regional Blueprint Planners can identify advantages and drawbacks.
2:00 p.m. Media, Engagement and Blueprint Planning
Moderator Terry Amsler, Collaborative Governance Initiative Director, Institute for Local Government
Panelists
  • Sandy Close, Director, New American Media
  • Juan Esparza Loera, Editor, Vida en el Valle
  • Russ Minick, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, Fresno Bee
Media is more than a tool to get the word out about upcoming events and community forums. Media represents a strategic partner in connecting with key constituencies and crafting community-specific messages. This panel, moderated by the Institute for Local Government, the nonprofit affiliate of the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties, will hear from experts in the field of public engagement.
3:00 p.m. Beyond Business as Usual: Innovative Technologies for the State
Moderator Pete Weber, Civic Leader
Panelists
What bold initiatives can be pursued now and in the future to reduce vehicle trips and environmental impacts? What should we be doing now to deal with legal issues related to "rights of way?" This high powered panel, moderated by Fresno civic champion Pete Weber, will explore innovations and entrepreneurs working on the future today.
4:15 p.m. Wrap-Up and Action Items for Upcoming BLN
  • Jeff Loux, Director, Land Use and Natural Resource Program, UC Davis
To view videocast of Day 2, go to: BLN Fresno Day 2