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  • Bay Area Forum on The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program


    The Strategic Growth Council recently announced awards for the first round of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, which is funded through Cap and Trade auction proceeds. Overall, 28 projects were awarded funds totaling $122 million. The Bay Area had 11 projects selected for awards totaling $47 million (read the press release). The AHSC program is poised for a major expansion in the second round, with a funding availability of $400 million statewide.

    MTC and ABAG are convening a Bay Area forum on the AHSC program for city and county planning directors and Bay Area Partnership Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) members. The workshop is designed to:

    – Assist public sector staff in deepening their awareness of the AHSC program and how it can benefit local work
    – Debrief round one of the AHSC program
    – Discuss coordination between city staff, transit agencies/operators, developers and regional organizations in order to submit competitive proposals
    – Discuss desired program improvements and guideline changes for future AHSC rounds
    – Provide preliminary information for round two.

    Preliminary Agenda:

    – Welcome – Doug Johnson, MTC, and Mark Shorett, ABAG
    – Introduction of Key Technical Assistance Providers
    – AHSC Overview
    – Presentation From Strategic Growth Council Staff
    – City, Transit and Developer Panel
    – Guided Q&A and Feedback on Programs and Regulations
    – Close and Wrap-Up

    Attendance is free. RSVP to Craig Bosman,

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  • Imagine Blackstone Street Festival


    The Better Blackstone Association invites you to our first Imagine Blackstone festival, a celebration of community voice through a PhotoVoice exhibit and an opportunity for everyone to imagine together how Blackstone could be in the future. Complete with demonstration bike lanes, a mock-BRT station, live entertainment and plenty of creative placemaking spaces, this festival will be fun for the whole family.

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  • California Climate Action Planning Conference

    08/13/2015 - 08/14/2015

    Cal Poly and the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research are pleased to announce the second California Climate Action Planning Conference (CCAPC) to be held August 13 & 14, 2015 at the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo.

    Much has changed in two and a half years—new 2030 emissions targets, advances in regional climate planning, updated protocols and guidance, drought, and much more. This conference focuses on in-depth issues in GHG emissions reduction and climate adaptation at the local and regional level. Our panels will feature leaders in the field to bring you the most up-to-date and advanced thinking.

    If you’d like to join the email list for the latest information, sign up here:

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  • ReLeaf Network Leadership Workshop

    08/19/2015 - 08/20/2015

    Join California ReLeaf in the Inland Empire for a full day of guest speakers, networking, and learning how to broaden the reach of urban forestry efforts in your region.

    Learn more about working with diverse communities.

    Hear about new grant opportunities, and how to position your organization for new funding.

    Connect with your ReLeaf Network colleagues during a great day of peer-to-peer learning.
    Travel Details:

    The Workshop will be held at the University of California Riverside. California ReLeaf is offering a $100 travel stipend* for guests traveling via airplane, and a $30 travel stipend* for guests traveling more than 50 miles (one-way) via car.

    *Limit 1 stipend per organization

    Please contact with any questions or comments regarding the ReLeaf Network Leadership Workshop!

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  • California Bicycle Summit 2015

    10/25/2015 - 10/28/2015

    Equity is the theme of the 2015 California Bicycle Summit. Please join us for three days of interactive panels, inspiring presentations, bike tours, sessions to share best practices and build skills, and fantastic networking – all oriented toward creating healthier, safer, and more prosperous communities for all. Register now.

    The summit starts on Sunday at noon. That evening, we’ll invite participants to a festive citywide celebration of bicycling at Silo in Makers’ Quarter. The summit will continue through Wednesday afternoon with a variety of tracks and topics:

    Summit Tracks

    Open Streets — get the best advice on how to create or improve an Open Streets event in your community, sponsored by CicLAvia.
    Building Better Bikeways — latest and best practice in (re-)designing our streets and paths to create networks of low-stress bikeways connecting our destinations, sponsored by Alta Planning + Design.
    Movement Building — learn from the best among California’s bicycle advocates how to strengthen your voice for more bicycle-friendly communities.
    Prosperity — biking is good business, and good for the economy.
    Education — best practices in educating drivers and bicyclists about safe sharing of the roads.
    Enforcement — what role does enforcement play in promoting more safe bicycling?
    Communications — using modern and traditional media to reach all Californians effectively.
    The issue of equity — bicycling’s intersection with class, race and gender, including such topics as gentrification, multicultural outreach, women in leadership, and making bike share equitable — will be integrated in every track.


    Sunday, October 25
    12:00-6:00. Lunch plenary, followed by workshops.
    6:00-9:00. Opening Reception at Silo at Makers’ Quarter. No-host bar.

    Monday, October 26
    8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Breakfast plenary, workshops, lunch keynote address, more workshops.
    5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  VIP event, drinks and snacks included.

    Tuesday, October 27
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Networking breakfast, workshops, lunch keynote, more workshops.
    6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Party with the Bike Coalition of San Diego County

    Wednesday, October 28
    8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Bicycle and Walking Tours of San Diego

    Hotel Reservations:

    A discounted hotel room rate is available to conference attendees at the Wyndham San Diego Bayfront Hotel. The discounted rate is based on availability and the cut-off date for reservations is October 2, 2015.  Make sure to use this link to receive your discount. 


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