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Informational Webinar: Good Jobs Challenge Grant Application for the Capital Region

On January 5, 2022, Valley Vision and the Sacramento Employment Training Agency (SETA) hosted an Informational Webinar on a Good Jobs Challenge Grant Application for the Capital Region. 

What is the Good Jobs Challenge? 

The Good Jobs Challenge provides $500 million to collaborative skills training systems and programs, and encourages efforts to reach historically underserved populations and areas, communities of color, women, and other groups facing labor market barriers. These systems and partnerships will create and implement industry-led training programs, designed to provide skills for and connect unemployed or underemployed workers to existing and emerging job opportunities. 

How is the Capital Region approaching this opportunity? 

The Capital Region will be submitting an application for the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Good Jobs Challenge. The application will be focused on the Information, Communications and Technology sector, to support technology positions across industries connected to the Prosperity Strategy, the region’s federally-designated Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The region served will include Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado counties. 

If you’d like to view the materials from the webinar, please use the following links

If you have a project that you believe could benefit from Good Jobs Challenge funding, please take the time to fill out this SURVEY to provide information about your organization, project concept, and estimated budget. We are expecting you have read the solicitation, viewed the webinar to learn about the Capital Region’s approach, and thought through how your project might fit in. Filling out this survey will allow for funding consideration and is not a guarantee.  Please complete the survey by January 14, 11:45 pm.

If you have any questions or would like to follow-up with us directly, please reach out to Angelina Olweny (angelina.olweny@valleyvision.org) and Renee John (renee.john@valleyvision.org). 

CAP Luncheon: Transportation and Infrastructure (December 2021)

At the Cleaner Air Partnership’s December 2021 *Virtual* Quarterly Luncheon, attendees learned about important regional transportation projects planned and already underway, with a focus on Yolo County, and how our region can maximize forthcoming funding from the Federal Infrastructure Bill. CAP events are an opportunity to learn about important air quality topics affecting the Sacramento region.

Thank you to the generous contributors to the Cleaner Air Partnership: Sac Metro Air District, Teichert, SMUD, Sutter Health, Union Pacific, Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, Placer County Air Pollution Control District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, El Dorado County Air Quality Management District, North State Building Industry Association, PG&E, and the Healthy Air Alliance.

Guest Speakers:

  • Kristina Svensk, Director of Transportation (Sacramento Area Council of Governments – SACOG) (Presentation)
  • Autumn Bernstein, Executive Director (Yolo County Transportation District) (Presentation)

Info Session: Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) (November 2021)

On November 18, Valley Vision and the Prosperity Partnership held an Information Session on the Community Economic Resilience Fund or “CERF,” the state’s $600 Million investment in the planning and implementation of inclusive economic strategies for regions across the state.

The CERF program invites regional proposals for developing High-Road Transition Strategies, which include investing in industries that will thrive in a carbon-neutral future, while creating high-quality jobs and clear pathways into those jobs, with a focus on those often left out of traditional economic development strategies.

Presenters at the Information Session provided an overview of the CERF program and its parameters, discussed how the investment could transform our region, and initiated a conversation around priorities for a regional ask. 

A recording for the Information Session can be found on YouTube and below:

The presentation slides used at the Information Session can be found here and below:

Results from the Mentimeter survey conducted during the Information Session can be found here.

What’s next? ​​

  • Valley Vision and the Prosperity Partnership are teeing up a regional planning effort for the CERF program.
  • We continue to communicate with state leadership about the CERF program parameters and grant application, and will be seeking input from regional stakeholders.
  • We want to engage with all of you throughout this effort. We are all in this together! 

Please take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey if you have not done so. In addition to your contact information, which we’ll use to provide updates and stay engaged, it also includes questions about what interests you the most about the CERF opportunity (for example, funding for a particular project or initiative), and who else should be engaged throughout this effort.

For additional questions, please contact Valley Vision’s Isa Avanceña at isa.avancena@valleyvision.org.

Administration of Justice Regional Advisory (October 2021)

The Administration of Justice Regional Advisory took place on Friday, October 15th, 2021. This advisory informed desirable skills and qualifications, skill gaps in applicants, and opportunities to improve training and education programs for individuals planning to join this field.

CAP Luncheon: Intersection of Climate & Air Quality (September 2021)

At the Cleaner Air Partnership’s September 2021 *Virtual* Quarterly Luncheon, attendees learned about the intersection of air quality and climate change, with a focus on local Climate Action Plans and connectivity to the 2022 CARB Scoping Plan update. We had a great lineup of experts with diverse perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for local action that address both climate and air quality inequities. CAP events are an opportunity to learn about important air quality topics affecting the Sacramento region.

Thank you to the generous contributors to the Cleaner Air Partnership: Sac Metro Air District, Teichert, SMUD, Sutter Health, Union Pacific, Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, Placer County Air Pollution Control District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, El Dorado County Air Quality Management District, North State Building Industry Association, PG&E, and the Healthy Air Alliance.

Guest Speakers:

  • Rajinder Sahota, Deputy Executive Officer for Climate Change and Research, CA Air Resources Board (Presentation)
  • Michael McCormick, Founder & President, Farallon Strategies (Presentation)
  • Nailah Pope-Harden, Executive Director, ClimatePlan (Presentation)

Information & Communication Technologies Regional Advisory: The Rise of Remote Work (September 2021)

The Remote Work Advisory took place on Friday, September 10th, 2021. This advisory sought to understand the evolution of work structures by examining survey results from the region’s employers to gain insight into the specifics of remote work.

This event featured teleworking trends, research gathered from Valley Vision’s regional Remote Work Survey, and an employer panel that focused on the occupational demands related to remote work.

Electric Vehicle Virtual Advisory Series (August & September 2021)

Part one of our Electric Vehicle Virtual Advisory Series took place on Friday, August 27th, 2021. This event included presentations on the trends and opportunities within the zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) space, an overview of the policy implications of state and federal regulations, and input from community-based programs that are dedicated to providing the region’s ZEV workforce with the training they need to be successful.

As California makes the switch to widespread electric vehicle transportation, the Greater Sacramento Region needs to ensure our training programs keep pace and provide access to traditionally disinvested populations.


Part two of our Electric Vehicle Virtual Advisory Series took place on Friday, September 17th, 2021. This advisory featured a panel of employers and industry stakeholders on current and emerging skills needed across the range of electric vehicle-related occupations.

CAP Luncheon: Fire & Smoke in Sacramento (June 2021)

At the Cleaner Air Partnership’s June 2021 *Virtual* Quarterly Luncheon, attendees learned about health impacts of wildfire smoke, and what local organizations are doing to address it. The event featured guest speakers, including Pat Dwyer of the El Dorado County Fire Safety Council, who presented on rural wildfire, smoke prevention and mitigation. Patrick Guild, Chief Operating Officer at Breathe Sacramento shared information on AB 661 and urban smoke emergency planning, while Vanessa Walker, DO and Medical Director for Sutter Health’s Valley Area eICU, discussed the human-scale health impacts of wildfire smoke.

CAP events are an opportunity to learn about important air quality topics affecting the Sacramento region. Thank you to the generous contributors to the Cleaner Air Partnership: Sac Metro Air District, Teichert, SMUD, Sutter Health, Union Pacific, Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, Placer County Air Pollution Control District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, North State Building Industry Association, PG&E, Healthy Air Alliance, and the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District.

Guest Speakers:

  • Roger “Pat” Dwyer, El Dorado County Fire Safe Council (Presentation)
  • Patrick Guild, Chief Operating Officer, Breathe California Sacramento Region (Presentation)
  • Vanessa Walker, DO, Medical Director, Valley Area eICU, Sutter Health

Climate, Justice, and Jobs Summit (March 2021)

Join the effort to build an inclusive pipeline to grow green jobs in the Sacramento Region! Workforce demands are shifting across our region in response to the climate crisis, policy mandates, and economic drivers.

The Climate, Justice, and Jobs Summit, which took place on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 1:00​ PM, explored how our region’s response to this critical moment will determine the roadmap for access to high-road clean economy jobs as we move to a low carbon economy.

Spearheaded by City of Sacramento Councilmember Eric Guerra and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District Executive Director Dr. Alberto Ayala, this event included presentations on current climate legislation, justice and inclusion, and workforce development efforts. We also heard from a panel of youth and community members working in clean economy jobs, learn about their pathway, roadblocks, and effective supports.

More info and full agenda can be found here: https://www.valleyvision.org/projects/climate-justice-and-jobs-summit/

CAP Luncheon: Federal and State Air Quality Advocacy (March 2021)

At the Cleaner Air Partnership’s March 2021 *Virtual* Quarterly Luncheon, attendees learned about CAP’s early plans for Federal and State advocacy, featuring a “lay of the land” overview of Federal priorities from Miles Keogh, Executive Director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), regional priorities for Federal advocacy from Erik White, Air Pollution Control Officer at the Placer County Air Pollution Control District, and a digest of State-level priorities from Alberto Ayala, Executive Director and Air Pollution Control Officer at the Sac Metro Air District.

CAP events are an opportunity to learn about important air quality topics affecting the Sacramento region. Thank you to the generous contributors to the Cleaner Air Partnership: Sac Metro Air District, Teichert, SMUD, Sutter Health, Union Pacific, Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, Placer County Air Pollution Control District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, the Healthy Air Alliance, and the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District.

Guest Speakers (PowerPoint Presentation linked here):

  • Miles Keogh, Executive Director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA)
  • Erik White, Air Pollution Control Officer at the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD)
  • Alberto Ayala, Executive Director and Air Pollution Control Officer at the Sac Metro Air District (SMAQMD)

CAP Luncheon: Local Air Quality and Climate Efforts (December 2020)

At the Cleaner Air Partnership’s December 2020 *Virtual* Quarterly Luncheon, attendees learned about local efforts to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions, featuring an update on implementation of the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change, an overview of the connection between cancer and air pollution from the Healthy Air Alliance, and an update on the Sacramento Neighborhoods Activating on Air Quality (SNAAQ) project – an air monitoring and environmental justice effort led by Valley Vision, WALKSacramento, Breathe California Sacramento Region, and Green Tech Education in North Sacramento and Oak Park.

CAP events are an opportunity to learn about important air quality topics affecting the Sacramento region. Thank you to the generous contributors to the Cleaner Air Partnership: Sac Metro Air District, Teichert, SMUD, Sutter Health, Union Pacific, Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, Placer County Air Pollution Control District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, the Healthy Air Alliance, and the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District.

Speakers (PowerPoint presentations linked):

  • Kate Meis Wright, Local Government Commission (Presentation)
  • Jennifer Venema, City of Sacramento (Presentation)
  • Jim Kennedy, Healthy Air Alliance
  • Dan Witzling, American Cancer Society Los Angeles-Central Coast (Presentation)
  • Adrian Rehn, Valley Vision (Presentation)
  • Jordan Grimaldi, WALKSacramento
  • Patrick Guild, Breathe California Sacramento Region
  • Tyrone Netters, Green Tech Education & Employment

Presentation: The COVID-19 Resilience Poll #2 (2020)

The COVID-19 Resilience Poll webinar, hosted October 30, 2020, shares the findings of the most recent scientific opinion poll about COVID-19 in the Greater Sacramento region, and includes a discussion of the mental health impacts being felt across our communities as a result of the broad-based challenges created by the pandemic. Webinar speakers include Pauline Bartolone (CapRadio), Beth Hasset (WEAVE), Amanda Lipp (Center for Applied Research Solutions), Ron Lutz (Sacramento State), and Rachel Rios (La Familia).

This polling series paints a picture of the many ways that COVID-19 is impacting our region. It tracks the experiences, perceptions, concerns, and hopes of people in the Capital region – including health impacts and fears, the experiences of the varying public orders and guidance, and the economic consequences of the pandemic.