News & Guest Blog Posts

Everyday, our region’s counties and cities are taking actions to make this to best place to work, live, and play. We will share our member city and county milestones here, along with our own regional news and blog posts.


New Opportunity Zones Designated Throughout Region to Spur Private Investment

The U.S. Department of Treasury has certified 63 census tracts designated as Opportunity Zones in our region that will provide multiple areas for private investment in low-income communities. The Opportunity Zones program is a recently-established community development program created by Congress to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities, as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.


Davis Residents Vote to Pass Measure J and Increase Housing Stock

Newly passed measure will allow the City of Davis to annex the Nishi property from unincorporated Yolo County in order to develop the land. Measure J was approved by residents with approximately 60% of total votes. Current plans for the property, which is located immediately south of UC Davis between the railroad and I-80, include 700 student housing units, some retail, and dedicated open space. The proposed housing on the Nishi property would provide much needed housing in Davis’ very tight housing market.


Rancho Cordova and Roseville Receive $1.88 Million in Prop 1C Funding

The Cities of Rancho Cordova and Roseville have been awarded a combined $1.88 million in funding from the State Department of Housing and Community Development for the Infill Infrastructure Grant Program (IIG), which is funded by Prop 1 – the Housing and Emergency Shelter Act of 2006. Rancho Cordova’s Mather Veterans Village (Phase III) will receive $624,551 and will be developed by Mercy Housing. The Village will include 50 supportive housing units for veterans. Roseville’s Main Street Plaza Apartments will receive $1,259,709 and are being developed by Meta Housing Corporation.


Voters Protect Transportation Funding by Passing Prop 69

The voters spoke June 5th and sent a strong message to protect valuable transportation dollars. Prop 69 prevents the Legislature from taking from or borrowing any new transportation revenues for non-transportation improvement purposes. It extends constitutional protections to all new vehicle fees and gasoline and diesel tax revenues generated by SB 1 that were not previously protected. This ensures that the revenues passed by the Legislature will be spent exclusively on transportation. SACOG’s Board of Directors took a support position on the Proposition.


SACOG launches over $12.5M in competitive grants
Four competitive grant programs launched on June 25

Have an innovative idea you want to test in the Sacramento region? Looking for a place to launch a tested and performance-based project? Want to help our region emit fewer emissions? Four new competitive grant programs are available this summer with over $12.5 million in available funding. The grants vary from temporary activations under $10,000 to large infrastructure projects and are available to partners across the region.

Civic Lab Year One Celebrates with Team Graduation

Civic Lab Year One Celebrates with Team Graduation
Inaugural year comes to a close and transitions to project testing

Civic Lab Year One brought together cross disciplinary teams to tackle challenging issues related to transportation and land use, and to pilot innovate solutions that can have local and regional impacts. Teams consisting of public agencies and the private sector partners came together to test and innovate on planning, programs, and policy.  Their hard work paid off with the SACOG Board of Directors allocating $1 million in project funding. SACOG celebrated the completion of Year One with a reception and graduation on June 21, 2018. 


“I Hear a Train A Comin’…”
Sacramento Regional Transit introduces evening light rail service to Folsom

Looking for a traffic free, low cost, relaxing commute? Sacramento Regional Transit has you covered. Expanded evening light rail service is now available for Folsom. The late night service on SacRT Gold Line officially began June 17th. Light rail trains now serve Folsom until 11:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. 


New Amtrak Service and SB1 Grant Awards
Will Better Connect Sacramento Region to San Joaquin Valley and San Jose

Earlier this month, Amtrak launched new intercity rail service that provides more convenient connections between Fresno and Sacramento through new early morning and evening trains.  The new schedule allows San Joaquin Valley residents to get to Sacramento before 8am and departs the state capitol in the late afternoon.  “This is going to be important that we make this a success, then we’re going to start other morning express trains,” San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority Chair Vito Chiesa


Senate Bill 1 Funding Approved
Sacramento Region to Receive Nearly $800M

The California Transportation Commission voted this week to approve $2.7 billion in competitive funding to transportation projects across the state. The Commission approved all the SB 1 recommendations from April 25 , with only slight changes to project schedules. This means our region got all its recommended projects funded. Along with SB 1 funds approved by CalSTA, projects benefiting our region were awarded nearly $800 million.


Workforce Transportation to Young Adults
Civic Lab Team Awarded $400,000

“Every student who is accepted into an internship program or hired through a program like 1,000 Strong or the Elk Grove Unified School District should have reliable transportation to their worksite,” notes a challenge statement from the Civic Lab team working to bring workforce transportation for youth and young adults. Now, with a three-year $400,000 award from the Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA), the North State Building Industry Association, Paratransit Inc., and Elk Grove Unified School District can make their project a reality.


JUMP Bike Share System Launches

In May, the cities of Davis, Sacramento, and West Sacramento, in partnership with JUMP, have launched the largest pedal-assist bike share system in North America. The system launched with 300 electric-assist bikes spread across the three cities, and an additional 600 bikes will be rolled out throughout the summer. 


Cleaning up to Spur Redevelopment
EPA Awards $750,000 to City of Sacramento and $300,000 to West Sacramento through Brownfields Program

The EPA has awarded $750,000 to the City of Sacramento for a brownfields revolving loan fund program that will be focused on the North Sacramento community. West Sacramento also received $300,000 from the EPA for brownfields assessments related to the Pioneer Bluff area. A brownfield site is an infill or redevelopment opportunity that is challenged by the contamination, or potential contamination, of a hazardous substance. The ability for cities and communities to safely cleanup these sites is essential to their eventual redevelopment, but is a time intensive and expensive process.


Economic Development Through Suburban Commercial Corridor Revitalization
Sacramento Region Tours U.S. Route 1 in suburban Maryland

Like many of the suburban commercial corridors in the Sacramento region, U.S. 1 in Prince George’s County, Maryland, has been for much of its life, a car-oriented commercial corridor. Like our first tier suburban corridors, U.S. 1 has also seen economic growth and decline. And like our first tier suburban communities, the communities along U.S. 1 are trying to revitalize and reinvent the corridor to support economic and community development.


Making Main Street Thrive

SACOG consultant Michele Reeves of Civilis Consultants recently worked with eight local communities in the six-county Sacramento region on revitalizing rural Main Streets as well as commercial corridors. Reeves has a knack for helping communities create identities to help sustain their economic stability and she offers unique solutions to each community given their set of challenges.  


Federal FY18 Budget Bill Provides Big Boost for Transportation Programs

President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill on March 23rd that included substantial increases in several transportation funding programs that could benefit the Sacramento region. The FY18 spending bill triples funding for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, increases available Capital Investment Grants (CIG) for new public transportation construction projects, directs $1.3 billion to Amtrak to support intercity rail service across the nation, and provides $100 million for autonomous vehicle research and development.


Elected Officials Gather to Hear Brookings Assessment of the Sacramento Region Economy

On April 30, the region’s elected officials are convening at the Regional Futures Forum to explore how our region compares on the drivers of an inclusive economy–growth, prosperity and inclusion in an assessment report from the Brookings Institution.

The report is being released in partnership with Greater Sacramento Economic Council, Sacramento Metro Chamber, Region Business, and Valley Vision. The report will also be released to the public on the same day.


The Multi-Headed Monster of Rising Housing Costs

Ever wonder why the cost of housing is so high and what the Sacramento Region is doing about it? According to two housing developers—one market-rate and one non-profit—we simply aren’t building enough housing. From 2009-2014, California added 544,000 households, but only 467,000 housing units. Katherine Bardis of Bardis Homes and Doug Shoemaker of Mercy Housing California lead a healthy discussion on challenges to building housing at a recent SACOG Board of Directors meeting.