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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

To Look to the Future, West Sacramento Looks Underground
A city’s journey through redevelopment and revitalization

May 3, 2022: West Sacramento incorporated as a city in 1987. Those who have been around since then will note the evolution of a place coming into its own. Careful planning has led to today’s success and serves as a glimmer of what the future holds. As reporter Ryan Lillis described it in this February 2022 Sacramento Bee story, the city “is experiencing a moment that is a generation in the making.”


WATCH: How Fresno DRIVE Is Bringing Vibrancy and Opportunity Back to the Region
Former Fresno mayor, Ashley Swearengin, shares her side of the city’s revival journey

Fresno is the fifth-largest city in California and is home to 1.88 million acres of farmland producing 350 different crops, including almonds, grapes, pistachios, and peaches, to name a few. Located in the heart of California, this area rich in agricultural resources has struggled with poverty, a lack of quality jobs, and huge inequities for the people who call the city home.


Placerville Strikes Gold with Housing Overlay Zones
City welcomes first affordable housing developments in over twenty years

Placerville is a small city propelled by tourism, shops, and restaurants. People come from around the state to experience a piece of gold rush history. Now, plans are in motion to build more workforce housing for the community members who help keep the industries thriving. The city’s thoughtful planning has paid off with three new affordable housing projects that are making progress.  


WATCH: Christopher Coes, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Hilary Norton, California Transportation Commission, Discuss Funding Opportunities
How can the region be competitive when applying for state and federal funding?

On February 17, 2022, Christopher Coes, principal deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), and Hilary Norton, California Transportation Commission (CTC) chair, spoke to the SACOG Board of Directors about upcoming opportunities to receive competitive state and federal transportation funding.


A New Dawn for Sunrise Mall Is On the Horizon
Citrus Heights' plan to catalyze redevelopment, housing, transit, and boost its economy

When the Sunrise Mall was first built in 1972 it was thought of as the place to be in Citrus Heights. But as time went on, the economic engine that was the mall began to experience the effects of e-commerce, rising competition with other shopping centers, and changing consumer preferences that resulted in a decline of the mall’s success.


SACOG Swears in Board Leadership for 2022

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Board of Directors has elected City of Sacramento councilmember Rick Jennings as the 2022 board chair and Sacramento County supervisor Patrick Kennedy as board vice chair.


Four Sacramento Area Transportation Projects Prioritized on Northern California “Megaregion Dozen” List
16-county Megaregion Working Group agrees on 12 priority transportation investments

October 21, 2021: At its last meeting of the year, the Northern California Megaregion Working Group approved the “Megaregion Dozen,” a list of 12 transportation projects that connect the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sacramento region. Adoption of the priorities is a huge milestone for the group. Together, the three Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) that form the working group represent 16 counties, 136 cities, and a population of nearly 11 million people.