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Connecting education and economic development is essential for the state and the region to fully emerge from the Great Recession, according to economists and regional leaders at SCAG's Fourth Annual Economic Recovery & Job Creation Summit. Recent U.S. Census data shows that 3.2 million people in the six-county SCAG region lived in poverty in 2012, up from 1.9 million in 1990. In addition to the poverty report, the Summit also released economic outlook reports for Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Imperial Counties, and the Inland Empire. For additional details, please download the attached press release.

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The California Transportation Commission recently approved the allocation of approximately $11.5 million in Sustainable Planning and Adaptation grants for the six-county region represented by the Southern SCAG. The funding will come from proceeds from increases in gasoline taxes approved under Senate Bill 1.

$6.3 million of the funding coming to the SCAG region was awarded in competitive grants for a total 15 planning projects across Southern California that include transit villages, complete streets and corridor safety strategies. These regional investments are all part of the implementation of SCAG’s 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy.

SCAG itself received a $940,000 grant – the largest competitive award in the state – to develop a Regional Climate Adaptation Framework that will help cities and counties create effective, customized strategies for achieving greenhouse emission reduction goals.

The six-county region was also awarded over $5 million in formula grants, which are allocated across the state according to factors including population. That money will be used to fund future grants that directly support local planning projects and internal research that will help our region reach the state’s ambitious climate goals.

The Sustainable Planning and Adaptation grants provide a major boost to regional efforts to build climate resilience, expand transportation options and support public health.

 

​A coalition of transportation agencies from across Southern California today issued a joint letter to Congressional leadership raising concerns that the current tax reform proposals pose a threat to Southern California’s transportation system, and consequently the health of the regional economy.

The letter cites several ways that the proposed legislation could negatively impact the transportation industry and is signed by the Southern California Association of Governments, Imperial County Transportation Commission, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metrolink, Orange County Transportation Authority, Riverside County Transportation Commission, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, San Diego Association of Governments and Ventura County Transportation Commission.

Read the full press release here.

Darin Chidsey, Chief Operating Officer of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), will be recognized Thursday at the Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) Visionaries Awards.

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, SCLN is honoring 30 outstanding alumni of their prestigious fellowship programs, including powerful civic and community leaders from throughout the region. Honorees will be recognized at the 2017 Visionaries Awards gala on Nov. 30, at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Read the full press release here.

 

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