After that ﬁrst year, ALFers becomeSenior Fellows and a part of a widenetwork of leaders who come togetherto improve the quality of life forothers. Senior Fellows come togetherto respond to emergent problems,but also work in sub-groups basedon their professional and personalinterests. They hear from thought-leaders and they lend their expertise toorganizations in the region.I’m conﬁdent about these outcomesbecause I’ve seen the impact ALFhas had, both as a Senior Fellow of the Mountain-Valley chapter in theSacramento area, but also throughobservation of the Silicon Valley chapter and others across the country.Because of the ALF network in theIn the Capitol region, the pace of positive change accelerated, becauseof what we had learned together, andthe strong bonds that developed overtime. I believe this new chapter inthe northern San Joaquin Valley canhave a similar impact, and the GreatValley Center is a good partner to join community members in gettingthings underway. I look forward tothis new program, and welcome bothour founding Board members and ourinaugural class of Fellows. A new chapter of the AmericanLeadershipForum (ALF)in the northernSan JoaquinValley presentsa specialopportunity tocreate betterlives for thepeople who livein the countiesof San Joaquin,Stanislaus andMerced.This network of leaders is beingformed, and will pay dividendsacross city and county lines, butalso social, economic and politicalboundaries. Through a year of hard work, facilitated by nationally-knownexperts, each ALF class member willbe better able to address challenges forthe region, workplace and personallife. The inaugural class will establishrelationships that build trust andcooperation, and will be armed withnew skills for taking on difﬁcultissues, appreciating diverse views, andidentifying resources to turn dialogueinto action.
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ake a look at the Great Valley Center’s newest way to keep youupdated on what’s happening atthe Center and in the region. Atthe Great Valley Center’s new electronic inormation and newscenter you will nd inormation onevents, programs, and additionalValley resources. Remember tocheck Great Valley News oten asnew content is posted weekly. Youcan also sign up to receive e-mailnotications when Great Valley News is updated.
Te Great Valley Energy Primer
GVC’s Energy Program has recently published this resource intendedto amiliarize Valley leaders anddecision makers with the basics o energy related issues and legislation.opics covered in the Primerinclude the built environment,renewable energy, transportation,climate action, and energy legislation. More inormation onenergy is always available at www.gvc-energy.org.
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Great Valley Center President and ALF Senior Fellow David Hosley
Energy Program Educates on SB375
Te Great Valley Center Energy Program has been hard at work spreading the word on how Senate Bill 375 relates and impacts local governments. Te Energy Program has been holding regional trainingsup and down the Valley to inorm leaders onstrategies or local government compliance,economic benets, and how to take advantageo the new CEQA rules and exemptions.Regional and local experts have showcased someo the best and most innovative steps that localgovernments throughout the state are taking,providing specic examples as models or othersto ollow.Featured speakers at these trainings haveincluded sta rom the Governor’s Of ce o Planning and Research, theCaliornia Air Resources Board, and the Local Government Commission.Te next training will be held in the Northern Sacramento Valley in August.Look or an announcement with more inormation or visit
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Christine Tien from the City of Stockton gives a presentationin Merced about her city’simplementation of green practices.
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