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​LOS ANGELES – Darin Chidsey today was appointed Interim Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization representing six counties, 191 cities and nearly 19 million residents.

Chidsey has been with SCAG for 13 years, most recently serving as the agency’s second-in-command in the role of Chief Operating Officer. His interim appointment, approved by SCAG’s Regional Council, follows the recent announcement that Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata has accepted an offer to lead the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). The Regional Council also today authorized an ad hoc committee to initiate a formal search process.

“We’re fortunate to have someone of Darin’s experience and qualifications to lead our extraordinary team during this critical period for SCAG and Southern California. His familiarity with SCAG, and the relationships he has established throughout our region, will ensure a seamless transition,” said Alan D. Wapner, SCAG’s President and Mayor pro Tem of Ontario.

As COO, Chidsey has worked closely with the Executive Director and has been responsible for driving SCAG’s vision and strategy, as well as implementing the actions of the agency’s Regional Council. Prior to his appointment as COO in 2016, he served as SCAG’s Director of Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs.

Read the full press release 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:

 

Full county economic reports are available here:

 

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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