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CCRL California Center for Regional Leadership
Connecting California's Regions to the State and Each Other

200 Pine St., Ste. 400
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone (415) 445-8975
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The California Regional Network

Valley Vision


Valley VisionValley 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.

Population: 1,967,050

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

Established: 1994


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.