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Cap-to-Cap Air Quality Team Issue Papers (2024)

Valley Vision has a long history of participating in the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Capitol-to-Capitol program, which serves as our region’s premier Federal advocacy opportunity each year. This year’s “Cap-to-Cap” was the largest on record, with 425 leaders participating. The meat of the program is fast-paced advocacy meetings with our legislative delegation as well as committee and agency staff.

The Cleaner Air Partnership, which Valley Vision staffs, staffs two of the thirteen policy-focused “teams” focused on (1) air quality and (2) wildfire. This year, our teams elevated funding for a comprehensive suite of air quality strategies as part of the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant program, climate projects of regional significance, and technical but extremely important policy fixes like letting air districts “write off” smoke from preventative prescribed fire instead of getting dinged by U.S. EPA.

Please see below for the Issue Papers our team carried this year, as well as accompanying professionally designed “leave behinds” corresponding to each paper:

Firefighting Careers at a Glance

Advanced Manufacturing and Transportation At a Glance (2023)

Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium (CCABC) Memo – July 2023

Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism at a Glance (2023)

Economic Development Pilot Projects

Program Background

The state has released the SFP for the Economic Development Pilot Projects program. This program will fund projects that align with the values of the California Jobs First (CERF) program, demonstrate potential uses of California Jobs First (CERF) implementation funds, and are part of a plan approved or adopted by a local or regional entity within the past five years.

The Pilot Projects program is occurring outside of the planning phase and do not require a letter of support from the Collaborative. Projects that are not eligible for pilot funding may still be eligible for funding as part of the California Jobs First (CERF) Planning Phase.

Valley Vision’s Role

As the manager of the Prosperity Strategy — our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the counties of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba — Valley Vision is sharing information regarding the Pilot Projects and encouraging those with eligible projects to apply. We are also drafting letters of support as requested for all eligible projects.

In December, Valley Vision submitted public comment in response to the initial framework released in November.

Regional Conversation

On January 27, 2023, Valley Vision hosted a regional conversation on the pilot projects to:

  • To provide an overview of the California Jobs First (CERF) Economic Development Pilot Projects program and eligibility requirements;
    • To provide clarification on the SFP and program guidelines;
    • To provide a space for information and knowledge sharing in order to strengthen and best position our region’s proposals;
    • To open avenues for potential collaboration.

      Information and Communication Technologies: AI, Machine Learning, and Data Science At a Glance

      Cleaner Air Partnership Fact Sheet (2023)

      The Cleaner Air Partnership (CAP) is a unique collaboration between Breathe California Sacramento Region, the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and Valley Vision, working to ensure that the region meets clean air standards that protect health, promote economic growth, and support equity. This fact sheet details the Cleaner Air Partnership’s education, advocacy and regional coordination activities and accomplishments.

      Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism at a Glance

      Zero Emission Hydrogen Locomotive Factsheet (2022)

      Learn more about Sierra Northern Railway’s new hydrogen fuel cell locomotive at the Port of West Sacramento that will demonstrate how hydrogen-fueled switching locomotives improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase the quality of life for surrounding communities.

      Listos California Disaster Ready Guide (2021)

      Learn five simple, low or no-cost steps that individuals and families should take to prepare for natural disasters, such as wildfires, earthquakes, and floods in the Listos California Disaster Ready Guide

      Housing Stanislaus Data Primer (2021)

      Learn more about demographics and the housing landscape in Stanislaus County in the Housing Stanislaus Data Primer through US Census data from 2019 estimates.