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Sarah Jepson has been appointed Planning Director for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization representing six counties, 191 cities and nearly 19 million residents.

Prior to her appointment as Acting Planning Director in April, Jepson has been a key contributor in the Planning Division as Manager of Active Transportation and Special Programs Department, a group she was hired to form in November 2013 to advance the region’s sustainability plan. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing long-range planning and policy development in the areas of active transportation, public health, energy and water.

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Recognizing Excellence in Sustainability Planning Throughout Southern California


The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is committed to highlighting excellence in sustainable planning and projects in the SCAG Region. These plans and projects are integral to carrying out the goals and policies of SCAG’s Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy and promote a cleaner, healthier and happier Southern California. Each year, SCAG honors projects that best exemplify the core principles of sustainability with awards at the Annual Regional Conference & General Assembly.

SCAG is now accepting nominations for plans and projects that use innovative planning to improve the mobility, livability, prosperity and sustainability of our region. For more information about the types of projects that SCAG recognizes, please click here. The SCAG Sustainability Awards Program is open to all. Applications from projects that span across agencies, sectors and geographies are welcome to submit a joint entry. Eligible submissions include plans, projects and programs completed or adopted between January 1, 2016 and December 1, 2019. Along with the awards ceremony, videos of winning projects will be presented at the 2020 Regional Conference & General Assembly at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa on May 6-8th.

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Keywords : Sustainability

Los Angeles Southern California’s top economists on Thursday offered a largely promising outlook for the region, forecasting continued strong growth across key industry sectors into 2020 and the foreseeable future. 

“If I could summarize in three words: Things are good,” Wallace Walrod, chief economic advisor for the Orange County Business Council, told the 10th Annual Southern California Economic Summit. “I don’t have a crystal ball to predict when the next recession will occur, but nothing in the numbers would suggest that happening soon.”

Sponsored by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the Southern California Leadership Council, the summit brought together leaders and influencers from across the six-county region to hear updates on the economy, the housing crisis and Connect SoCal, SCAG’s 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy.

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On Thursday, Dec. 5, SCAG and the Southern California Leadership Council will host the 10th Annual Southern California Economic Summit at The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown in Los Angeles. The program will include highlights of the Connect SoCal plan: From generating new jobs to creating efficiency gains for commuters, shipping and travel, realizing the goal of a strong regional transportation system has economic benefits for all of the region’s 19 million residents. The event will also tackle the question of how our region is going to address the growing challenge of housing affordability. The day-long program will open with remarks from Senator Toni Atkins, President pro Tem of California’s upper legislative chamber. Senator Atkins joins a lineup of leading voices in business, industry, planning and academia, including keynote speaker Noel Perry, founder of Next 10 and more. Join us, along with Southern California’s civic and business leaders, for this vital conversation on the region’s economic future. Tickets are still available – reserve your seat today.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) released a draft of Connect SoCal, its 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, for public review and comment on Nov. 14. Connect SoCal, the 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, presents a long–range vision that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals. It will help guide the region's growth, and includes transportation improvements and land use ideas to shape the future of Southern California.

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During the 10-week comment period, which will run through Jan. 24, 2020, SCAG will hold three public hearings and 21 briefings for local elected officials throughout the region. More details on public events discussing the plan are available at

The Draft Connect SoCal plan and 20 technical reports supporting the draft plan are available for download on the Connect SoCal website.

Keywords : regional transportation plan
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