Valley Vision has successfully engaged citizens in a variety of
projects, creating innovative outcomes in the areas of transportation
and land use, business education partnerships, regional indicators,
open space and agriculture conservation, and services for low-income
residents. The Blueprint Project, a joint effort of Valley Vision
and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, is a comprehensive
regional process that effectively integrates the planning of housing
and land use with transportation, air quality and other regional
issues. Valley Vision, in partnership with the Great Valley Center
and the Global Business Network, also conducts structured scenario
planning for the future of the region.
Region Served: Valley Vision defines the Sacramento region as six
contiguous counties, including El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter,
Yolo, and Yuba. The six-county region covers more than 6,500 square
miles and includes urban as well as remote rural areas. From the
deep-water channel of the Port of Sacramento, the terrain extends
into the high country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Sacramento,
Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties occupy the central portion of California's
Central Valley. El Dorado and Placer counties cross through the foothills
and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The largest city in the region,
Sacramento, is located at the confluence of the American and Sacramento
rivers in Sacramento County.
Size of Region: More than 6,500 square miles
Strategic Partners: Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG),
Community Services Planning Council (CSPC), SMUD, PG&E, ECOS,
American Lung Association, Urban Land Institute (ULI), USAA, and
The James Irvine Foundation
Valley Vision produces a bi-annual Quality of Life Index and regularly
publishes an e-newsletter to keep members, friends, contributors
and community members informed of efforts to improve and sustain
a high quality of life in the Sacramento region.
The Blueprint Project: Transportation/Land Use Study is a coordinated
regional effort to add quality and value to local planning. Blueprint
is being conducted in the context of a comprehensive, broad-based
community outreach strategy designed by Valley Vision to bring citizens
together with elected officials, members of the business community,
representatives of civic and environmental organizations, and others
to discuss how growth will affect the region as a whole.
Green Valley Alliance is a multi-stakeholder coordinated approach
to open space and agriculture preservation. The group is currently
building a new agricultural stewardship initiative in partnership
with the Farmland Trust and others.
The Sacramento Beehive is a web-based solution for improving access
to existing resources for low-income residents and new immigrant
populations throughout the region. Offered in four languages, this
innovative website allows viewers to use one source for easily understood
information on jobs, housing, childcare, county services, health
care and many other relevant topics.