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More than 850 civic leaders from throughout Southern California are convening Wednesday through Friday for an annual conference of the region’s cities and counties, which will share strategies for accelerating innovation and building a smarter, more connected region.

The 53rd Annual Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Conference and General Assembly will include a keynote address from Dr. Talithia Williams on Thursday, May 3. The big data expert, television host and Professor of Statistics and Math at Harvey Mudd College will illuminate the transformative power of data-based problem-solving. As a cohost of the PBS series NOVA Wonders, and in her popular TED Talk, "Own Your Body's Data", Dr. Talithia Williams takes sophisticated numerical concepts and makes them understandable to a wide audience.

Facilitating partnerships and data-sharing to address key regional issues will be a major theme of the 2018 conference, titled “Southern California at a Crossroads.”

To read the full press release, click here.

Southern California continues to experience robust economic growth, but technology, shifting demographics and an unrelenting housing shortage are changing the way the region does business, a series of new economic reports shows.

The reports, prepared for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) by top economists, paint a generally positive picture of the region’s economy, with Los Angeles County, Orange County and the Inland Empire all reaching historic levels of business and job growth. Since 2012, the six counties comprising SCAG have seen their gross domestic product grow from $992 billion to $1.26 trillion – larger than the economies of entire nations such as Mexico, Indonesia and Turkey.

The reports will be formally released December 6 as part of the Ninth Annual Southern California Economic Summit at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. The Summit, co‐sponsored by SCAG and the Southern California Leadership Council (SCLC), will feature wide‐ranging discussions on the region’s future, including its growing role in the innovation economy and the impact of emerging technology in the area of transportation. More than 400 business and elected leaders are expected to attend.


Read the full region-wide press release here.

County-specific press releases are also available:


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Riverside, Calif. – On Friday, Dec. 7, the City of Riverside and the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Go Human campaign will encourage visitors to walk to the Festival of Lights from the Downtown Riverside Metrolink Station to experience Illuminate Riverside.

Illuminate Riverside is a free community event that will feature pop-up street improvements that brighten the walk from the Metrolink Station to the Mission Inn on Friday, Dec. 7, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event gives residents and visitors an opportunity to test out potential street improvements that make it safer and easier to access downtown Riverside from the train station on foot and by bike.

Read the full press release here.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has been awarded a $550,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to fund continued work on its Go Human traffic safety program.

Southern California has some of the highest levels of injuries and fatalities involving people walking and biking in the country. In the six-county SCAG region (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties), more than four people die every day in traffic collisions, on average. People walking or riding bikes account for 27 percent of those deaths while only comprising 12 percent of all trips.

Read the full press release here.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is expanding its award-winning Go Human traffic safety campaign to include safety messaging for scooters.

Through a partnership with a leader in last-mile electric scooter mobility, Bird, SCAG’s Go Human campaign will remind drivers to safely share the road with e-scooter riders and will remind riders to wear helmets and ride in bike lanes rather than sidewalks. Ads will appear in Culver City, Los Angeles and Santa Monica through the month of November.

Read the full press release here.

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