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200 Pine St., Ste. 400
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone (415) 445-8975
Fax (415) 445-8974

The California Regional Network

Tri-Valley Business Council

Website: http://www.trivalley.org/

Tri-Valley Business CouncilBy developing the Tri-Valley Agricultural Enhancement Plan as part of its Vision 2010 Project, the Tri-Valley Business Council strives to increase the profitability of local agriculturalists and provide an economically feasible greenbelt around the regional urban boundaries to protect open space. Part of this plan is to expand equestrian facilities in the rural areas to meet local demand, as these operations are forced out of urban areas. In addition to preservation of the region's natural resources, the Council focuses on local economic vitality, housing, career development, and regional mobility.

Region Served: The Cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon; the Town of Danville; and some surrounding unincorporated areas of Alameda County and Contra Costa County

Population: 280,000

Size of Region: 420 Square Miles

Strategic Partners: Economic Development Alliance for Business (EDAB); Contra Costa Council; Bay Area Council; Chambers of Commerce: Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton & San Ramon; USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service; Alameda County Resource Conservation District; Las Positas College; School Districts: Dublin, Livermore, & Pleasanton; Cal State University, Hayward

Established: February 1994

Overview

Tri-Valley Business Council is focusing on: Economic Vitality, Enhancement of Open Space, Agriculture & Environmental Quality, Vital Centers & Connected Neighborhoods, Housing Choices, Regional Mobility, and Educational Opportunity.

Every year the collaborative produces several forums on subjects of community concern. The audience is made up of public officials and governmental agency staffs, business and community leaders and agencies and local residents who are following the specific issues. With a focus on career awareness and preparedness, the Council also holds two career forums per year for students and parents, such as the 2003 Careers in Information Technology & Agriculture & Environmental Science Forum.

The Council co-sponsor's the Tri-Valley's annual Regional Science & Engineering Fair, and the Jobs Connection Internship Program, which provides a one-stop service for students and businesses.

The Housing Action Coalition, another Council project, advocates for higher-density housing close to downtowns, business parks, and transit. The committee is involved in the review of local jurisdiction General Plan Housing Element updates, offering appropriate comment and action to ensure compliance with Vision 2010 guidelines. The Council is in the final stages of development of a public education program for presentation to business and local community groups to increase awareness of the need for higher-density housing and reduce opposition.

The Council also facilitates the Agricultural Water Task Force, a group that is developing a plan to identify a source of water to support the enhancement of agriculture, as well as the Transportation Committee, whose focus is on plans to keep people, goods, and services moving efficiently through the region.