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Spring 2010 Great Valley Newsletter

Spring 2010 Great Valley Newsletter

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Spring 2010
KVPT Airs Great Valley PublicAffairs TV Series exploring so-lutions to the economic, socialand environmental challengesfacing the Central Valley.
Volume 12, Number 1
GREAT VALLEY shines a spotlight on regional issues
The fertile Central Valley boasts therichest agricultural economy on earth,yet bears the burden of rampant un-employment, low education levelsand pervasive poverty. Over the next four decades, the region’s populationis expected to double to nearly 8 mil-lion people. Without action now, theseproblems will only grow in size.To shine a spotlight on these issues,The Great Valley Center and KVPT-Valley Public Television have joinedforces on a new public affair seriescalled GREAT VALLEY.
The programsare now playing Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. on KVPT, and will alsoair on KIXE in Redding and KVIE inSacramento in the coming months.
In each weekly half-hour episode, thisnew series explores solutions to theeconomic, social and environmentalchallenges facing the Central Valley.The series is hosted by Great ValleyCenter President David Hosley andfeatures an impressive line-up of re-gional experts.
Topics for the series’ irst season in
-clude population growth, healthcare,land use, the environment, education,employment, civic and social engage-ment, agriculture and the arts. Thoughwide-ranging, each topic is an issuethat cities across the Central Valleyare grappling with every day.In addition to the weekly show, theseries features a companion websiteat 
, where viewers can
ind additional resources and post 
comments after each episode.
Miss an episode?
Watch past episodes online at
You can also join the blog discussion, andfind more resources abouteach show’s topic.
Watch Great Valley
KVPT (Merced to Bakers-field) 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.Fridays; 10:30 a.m. SundaysKVIE channel 6 (Sacramento,Stockton, Modesto) 7:30p.m. Fridays starting May 7KIXE channel 9 (SacramentoValley) 6 p.m. Thursdaysstarting in April
 Tune into KVPT on thefollowing channels:
KVPT Channel 18.1 - Fresno – VisaliaComcast Channel 8 - Los Banos –MercedDish Network Local Package - Grape-vine – MercedDirect TV Local Package - Grapevine – MercedKVPT-LP Channel 18.1 – BakersfieldCox Channel 2Bright House Cable Channel 18
Visit GVC Online
Shop at the GVC Store
for ourValley-promoting items. Check out our color changing coffee cup, that turns white with a beautiful CentralValley scene when hot liquid isadded.
Download publications for free
Our newest publication,
 Assessingthe Region via Indicators: TheEconomy (third edition)
is nowavailable online.
While you’re theretake a look at our other outstandingpublications.
Other Ways to Connect to GVC
Become a fan on
, check out our photos on
, ind us
, follow us on
,visit our
video channel, orread about what’s happening on our
Great Valley News Blog
 Around the Valley
Economic Development Training
Citi is sponsoring a training certiica
-tion program for economic develop-ment professionals who work formission-driven CDCs. It’s free of charge and there are some spacesleft in the Northern California class.This National Development Council’s4-course training series includestopics such as business credit and
real estate inance analysis, loan
packaging, and the art of deal struc-turing.
For more information
con-tact Mona Masri at mona.s.masri@citi.com.
 The Great Valley Center’s 13thAnnual Conference takes placeMay 6 & 7, 2010, at the GalloCenter for the Arts in Modesto,CA.
Under the theme
Valley Up: Ideas, In-novation, Inspiration
, presentationsand activities will focus on CentralValley business opportunities, re-newable energy, water resources,air quality and entrepreneurial suc-cesses in both the civic and businesssectors, as well as bring to light ar-eas where effective actions couldyield positive results to help posi-tion the Valley more on par withother regions of California.One of six keynote speakers is notedpomegranate and pistachio growerand author of 
Rubies in the Orchard 
,Lynda Resnick, who will present herideas on value added agriculturethrough innovative marketing.Known for drawing attention to is-sues affecting our region, includingair quality, community health, eco-nomic development, and education,the conference will feature specialspeakers, breakout sessions, andinteractive activities meant to giveattendees a framework from whichto view solutions and see successstories from the Central Valley andbeyond.The Great Valley Center presentsthe only regional conference of itskind, highlighting the uniqueness of the Central Valley of California andproviding a forum for the discussionof Valley issues as well as a platformfor networking with Valley policy
makers, elected oficials, businessleaders and heads of nonproit and
community organizations.
Register on line at www.great-valley.org/conference
. Registerbefore March 24 and save $90 overthe full registration price. Registra-tion includes lunch both days, a net-working reception, all conferencesessions, and a free copy of the new-ly released book 
 2020: The Valley ina Decade
For more information
contact Heidi Arno at (209) 522-5103 orheidi@greatvalley.org.Learn more about Gallo Center forthe Arts at 
Valley Up: Ideas, Innovation, Inspiration
In addition to revising development patterns, city and county govern-ments can lead communities byexample and take steps to reducegreenhouse gas emissions from ve-
hicle leets and municipal facilities,such as landills, wastewater treat 
-ment plants and administrativebuildings.Within the Central Valley, large cit-ies like Sacramento, Stockton andFresno have already started plan-ning for climate change. But smaller
cities often lack the inancial re
-sources or staff time to commit tothese programs or can’t afford thecost of hiring outside consultants.In fact, of the 135 California citiesthat have signed the U.S. Conferenceof Mayors Climate Protection Agree-ment only eight are in the CentralValley.To address this problem, the Great Valley Center Energy Program, inpartnership with PG&E and the Cal-ifornia Public Utilities Commission,plans to provide climate change as-sistance to local governments overthe next three years. The programwill help cities and counties devel-op a greenhouse gas emissions in-
ventory, an important irst step for
addressing climate change which
quantiies baseline emissions from
local government sources.Working with Local Governmentsfor Sustainability (ICLEI), the Great Valley Center will offer a series of technical trainings for local govern-ments and provide hands-on assis-tance to develop the inventory. GVCwill recruit and employ local col-lege interns and recent graduatesto assist cities with the inventorydevelopment, which will providevaluable job training experiencewhile also reducing the staff timeand resources required of partici-pating municipalities. The programwill allow many local governmentsto at least begin the process of ana-lyzing local emissions data. Eventu-ally, the baseline data will be used toset emissions reduction goals anddevelop strategies to achieve thesegoals.
 The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) calls for an ambitious reduction in California’scarbon footprint and local governments have an essential role in achieving these goals.
Source: Stock Xchng
GVC to help local governments tackle climate change
 About AB 32
In 2006, the Legislature passedand Governor Schwarzeneggersigned AB 32, the Global Warm-ing Solutions Act of 2006, whichmandates the state reduce carbonemissions to 1990 levels by 2020,a 25 percent reduction. It directedthe California Air Resources Board(ARB or Board) to begin develop-ing discrete early actions to reducegreenhouse gases while also pre-paring a scoping plan to identifyhow best to reach the 2020 limit.The reduction measures to meet the 2020 target are to be adoptedby the start of 2011.
For more information
, contact Energy Program RepresentativeLindsay Buckley at (530) 321-0817 and Stacey Shepard at (661)861-7962, or Energy ProgramManager Tim Fisher at (209) 522-5103, ext. 102.
Photo by Victoria Belanger, Source: Flickr/Creative CommonsPhoto by Ian Britton, Source: Flickr/Creative Commons

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