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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:

 

Seven areas within the SCAG region have been designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as new nonattainment areas under the 2015 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards, effective August 3, 2018. As required by the U.S. EPA's Transportation Conformity Regulations, SCAG staff has prepared the 2016 RTP/SCS and 2019 FTIP Transportation Conformity Re-Determination Draft Report for a 15-day public review commencing on March 13, 2019 and concluding at 5 p.m. on March 28, 2019.

For how to comment, please see the Public Notice. To view or download the Draft Report, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Rongsheng Luo, Program Manager of Air Quality and Conformity, at (213) 236-1994 or luo@scag.ca.gov.

Each year, SCAG offers financial support and professional development to a select number of the region’s high school and community college students. This year, seven scholarships of $4,000 will be awarded to eligible students across the six-county SCAG region (with up to two additional awards available at the Regional Council’s discretion). The program is designed to help students develop long-term career goals and awardees will be provided a two-week internship with a local planning agency or council of governments and get the opportunity to meet with elected officials and practicing planners to learn more about careers in public service. Community college students or high school juniors and seniors who live in the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino or Ventura are eligible to apply. The due date for applications in April 26. Please visit www.scag.ca.gov/scholarship for application materials and additional details about the program.​

The Regional Council today approved up to $2.7 million in awards for the Future Communities Pilot Program, a SCAG-administered grant opportunity to support city and county agencies in implementing innovative pilot projects that use new technologies and enhanced data analytics to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) from local travel and municipal operations. The awards will go to the following jurisdictions:

  • City of Cerritos — $211,000
    Remote Services Enhancement Project
  • City of Glendale — $76,813
    Route Optimization & Fleet Telematics
  • City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation — $500,000
    Measuring VMT Reduction from Shared Mobility Services through Real-Time Data
  • City of Monrovia — $500,000
    Evaluate Alternative Strategies to Optimize the GoMonrovia Program
  • City of Anaheim — $197,000
    Smart Center City - Parking Guidance and Mobile App Integration
  • City of Riverside — $499,700
    Integrated Electronic Plans Solution
  • County of San Bernardino — $297,242
    Remote Electronic Warrants
  • City of Ontario — $418,200
    Smart City Rapid Validation Hub

Congratulations to all of the awardees!

Posted February 06, 2019

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #19-03 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period starts on February 6, 2019 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on February 15, 2019.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2019/proposed.aspx.

Please note that some of the changes or project additions may be for projects funded with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 funds. This public involvement opportunity is provided to meet the public involvement requirements for the program of projects.

SCAG is relying on the public participation process for the FTIP to satisfy FTA public participation requirements for the transit program of projects. The public notice of public participation activities and the time established for public review of and comments on the FTIP will satisfy the pop requirements of the Section 5307 program.

Subject to revisions to address comments received during the public review period, the 2019 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #19-03 will be the final program unless amended, and a final notice will not be published.

If you have any questions or comments concerning this amendment, contact Pablo Gutierrez at (213) 236-1929 no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 15, 2019.

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