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SACOG Salutes! Award Categories

SACOG Salutes! began in 1999 in an effort to recognize outstanding and innovative land-use, transportation and air quality planning, programs and activism throughout the six-county SACOG region.

Following are the eight categories for the SACOG Salutes

  • Bill Hughes Elected Official Award
  • Blueprint Excellence Award
  • Citizen of the Year Award
  • Employee of the Year Award
  • Mary Brill Youth Excellence Award
  • Regional Business of the Year Award
  • Regional Organization of the Year Award
  • Regional Project of the Year Award
The Phantom Auto driverless test car on I Street in Sacramento.

That’s no Menace, That’s the Phantom
Phantom Auto’s remote driver technology aims to keep AVs safe

APRIL 16, 2019: Curious passers-by in downtown Sacramento yesterday could be forgiven for wondering why TV crews were clustered around an ordinary looking black Lincoln sedan. Sure, Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg was in the passenger seat but the most innovative feature of the car was nowhere to be seen: it was a remote driver sitting in their office in Mountain View, 120 miles away. 


Transforming Government One Pilot Project at a Time

April 11, 2019: SACOG’s innovation accelerator Civic Lab was today presented with an Outstanding Achievement in Innovation award by the Alliance for Innovation. The presentation was at the Alliance’s Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno.


Data Reveals Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise
Cars are getting smarter so why are they killing pedestrians at record rates?

March 25, 2019: Pedestrian deaths in the United States grew by 35 percent from 2009 to 2017, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, reversing a 30-year decline before that. And although the 2018 numbers are still preliminary, they show the U.S. is on track to report the highest number of pedestrian fatalities since 1990: 6,277. 

The popularity of  the BDX apartment building in Rancho Cordova's Capital Village development showed the need for more housing near job sites.

Looking to Office Parking Lots to Boost Housing
Rancho Cordova investigates a great example of innovative policy by using SB2 planning grants

March 19, 2019: Rancho Cordova could allow multifamily housing to be built on underused office parking lots under a policy proposal being developed by its planners.  

The policy would allow multifamily development within the city’s office parks, and could lead to multifamily projects being built on vacant parcels or underused parking lots, the city’s planning manager Darcy Goulart told the Sacramento Business Journal.   


One Year Check-up for Sacramento’s Economy Shows Mixed Symptoms
New Brookings Metro Monitor data mixes healthy job growth with falling productivity

March 21, 2019: Sacramento had job growth of 1.9 percent in 2017, placing it 30th out of the 100 largest U.S. cities. That is according to the Brookings Institution’s 2019 Metro Monitor that was released today, which compares data on growth, prosperity, inclusion, and inclusion by race.  

However, comparisons with the biggest cities in the U.S. are not especially revealing — it is more illuminating to compare the Sacramento/Roseville/Arden-Arcade metro with the cluster of cities that Brookings identifies as its peers, the American Middleweights. That list of 16 cities includes Riverside, Phoenix, Kansas City, San Antonio, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Tampa.


Economic Prosperity: Framework for Action

February 27, 2019: In 2018 the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Valley Vision, and SACOG partnered with the nationally-recognized Brookings Institution to complete a candid, data-driven look at the six-county regional economy. Building from this work, the regional Prosperity Partnership has now released a framework for near-term action that bridges the broad findings from the recent Brookings Institution assessment with tangible steps to advance growth, prosperity, and inclusion.

The framework argues that preserving the region’s quality of life and reversing the downward trajectory of the last decade demands a renewed focus on the key factors of regional competitiveness and a shared commitment for targeted, near-term action that responds to the strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities identified in the Brookings assessment. 

Using this framework as the roadmap, SACOG is currently working with its partners to complete additional research, analysis, and stakeholder interviews targeted to the findings of the Brookings assessment. The work will culminate in the Prosperity Strategy to build advanced industries, human talent, and inclusive regional economic growth. 

Read the full Prosperity Strategy Framework to learn more about the regional Prosperity Partnership. 

An illustration of some of the units to be built at The Village at Loomis.

Loomis Approves its Largest Housing Project in Years
Long-planned Village at Loomis passes by a 4-1 vote

January 29, 2019: The Loomis Town Council has approved a large mixed-use development adjacent to I-80, east of the town’s commercial center. 

It includes 251 single-family homes, 117 apartment units, over 18 acres of active parks and open space, and over 44,000 square feet of commercial and mixed-use space.  

The site had been designated for development since the town’s incorporation in 1984 and the project’s developer, Todd Lowell, said he had been working on it since he bought the first parcel of property in 1998. 

Olli shuttle at Sac State

Olli autonomous shuttle launch puts region on the map as a Mobility Test-bed
Sacramento State pilot project region incubated as part of Civic Lab program

February 27, 2019: Last week’s official launch of the Olli autonomous electric shuttle at Sacramento State was another step toward the driverless car future. But given that it was one of the handful of places around the world to host a pilot of the 3D-printed shuttles, it also helped put the Sacramento region on the map as a test-bed of new mobility technology.

That was one of the aims of SACOG’s Civic Lab project, the mobility technology incubator that helped the Sacramento State team have a “shovel-ready” pilot project pitch to win the Olli Fleet Challenge.

California Governor Gavin Newsom

Governor Newsom’s First Proposed Budget Aims to Boost Housing
Controversial plan would link transportation dollars to housing production

January 25, 2019: Governor Gavin Newsom’s first proposed state budget focuses on establishing a resilient budget that can withstand manmade crises and natural disasters. Included in his proposal is a substantial plan to address the state’s housing crisis and further investment in forest management. Surprisingly, for the first time in many years, the Governor’s budget summary document does not include a standalone chapter on transportation funding.

SACOG Executive Director James Corless testifying in the US Senate.

SACOG Director Testifies Before US Senate Public Works Committee
Sacramento region needs highlighted as Congress seeks local input on next federal Infrastructure Bill

November 28, 2018: SACOG Executive Director James Corless appeared this morning before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to provide testimony on the future of transportation and the critical perspective that the Sacramento region has to offer on the next federal transportation bill. It was the first time in a decade that Congress had heard testimony from a SACOG staff member.