News and Media

Everyday, our region’s counties and cities are taking actions to make this the 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.


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.


SACOG Board of Directors Adopt Racial Equity Statement of Change and Commitment

On February 17, 2022, the SACOG Board of Directors adopted the SACOG Racial Equity Statement of Change and Commitment. The statement sets the foundation for the agency’s racial equity work in the years ahead and kicks off the development of a racial equity action plan which the SACOG Racial Equity and Inclusion (REI) working group will have a prominent role in guiding and shaping over the coming months.

The key elements of this statement are:


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.


What the New Federal Infrastructure Bill Means for the Sacramento Region
Five key takeaways and a webinar to learn more

Updated November 15, 2021: President Biden signed into law the first half of his domestic agenda, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) – a $1.2 trillion bill that increases funding for existing infrastructure such as highways, transit, and active transportation programs led by SACOG, as well as adding onetime funding and new programs that will benefit communities across the region.