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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.

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​The U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon returns to the Orange County Great Park for its 2015 competition, to be held October 8-11 and October 15-18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate students from across the country and around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. This is the second time the prestigious competition will be held at the Great Park; the 2013 contest drew 64,000 attendees. 

Visitors to the free Solar Decathlon will have the opportunity to tour 15 solar-powered houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money. In addition to the house tours, families will enjoy an array of activities for kids.

For the first time this year, a local team will be competing. Team Orange County comprises students from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College. The team’s house, Casa del Sol, will mimic the state flower, the California poppy. Its passive solar features cause the house to open up during the day, increasing the effective living area. This house and others in the competition will be judged in 10 distinct categories that measure energy efficiency, market appeal and design achievement. 

Those interested in volunteering can learn more at http://www.solardecathlon.gov/.To learn more about Team Orange County, visit http://teamoc2015.com.


The California Transportation Commission (CTC), Southern California Association of Governments, and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce want to hear from the Los Angeles Basin residents about how they view current highway and road conditions, and proposals to stabilize funding for transportation-system repairs and maintenance.

These organizations are hosting a public forum at the California Department of Transportation-District 7 office on July 29, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to discuss and generate feedback on those issues.

Topics to be covered at the forum include the local, regional and state role in funding road projects and maintenance, the impacts and reasons for California’s and Southern California’s deteriorating transportation system, proposed short-term solutions to stabilize road repair and maintenance funding over the longer term.

CTC Commissioners Yvonne Burke and Fran Inman, CTC Executive Director Will Kempton, Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Dougherty, Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council Member and Transportation Committee Chair Hon. Alan D. Wapner, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Gary Toebben, Ventura County Transportation Commission Executive Director Darren Kettle, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Interim Deputy Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins, Port of Long Beach Transportation Policy Manager Allison Yoh, and Port of Los Angeles Senior Director of Government Affairs David Libatique will speak at the event.

California Department of Transportation – District 7 is located at 101 S. Main Street, Los Angeles. More information is available at http://www.catc.ca.gov/.

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