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Connecting education and economic development is essential for the state and the region to fully emerge from the Great Recession, according to economists and regional leaders at SCAG's Fourth Annual Economic Recovery & Job Creation Summit. Recent U.S. Census data shows that 3.2 million people in the six-county SCAG region lived in poverty in 2012, up from 1.9 million in 1990. In addition to the poverty report, the Summit also released economic outlook reports for Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Imperial Counties, and the Inland Empire. For additional details, please download the attached press release.

Keywords : economy

On Feb. 2, the governing body of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) approved funding recommendations for 54 active transportation and sustainability projects totaling $9.6 million throughout the six‐county region. The money would be used to finance – or help finance – projects ranging from pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements to climate action plans to integrated land‐use initiatives at the community and county level. SCAG, the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, has been a leader in promoting active transportation and smart land use in an effort to improve the mobility, sustainability and economic vitality of the region.

139 projects totaling $35.5 million submitted proposals. Funding awards were divided into three categories: active transportation, integrated land use and green regions initiative grants.

Details on Imperial County awards are available here.

Details on Los Angeles County awards are available here.

Details on Orange County awards are available here.

Details on Riverside County awards are available here.

Details on San Bernardino County awards are available here.

Details on Ventura County awards are available here.

Keywords : Sustainability

Yesterday SCAG’s Transportation Committee approved the release of the Draft 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/SCS) Amendment #1 and Draft 2017 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (2017 FTIP) Consistency Amendment #17-03 for public review and comment. The 30-day public review and comment period begins today, January 6, 2017, and ends on February 6, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Visit the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #1 to download and review a PDF of the amendment document. The Draft 2017 FTIP Amendment #17-03 is also available online here. There are three ways to submit comments: Send your comments via email; mail us a letter; or attend our public hearing on January 18, 3:00 p.m. Additional information is available on the Draft Amendment #1 webpage.

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