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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

​The impact of immigration policy changes, automation and artificial intelligence on Southern California’s workforce and economy will be dissected by some of the region’s top economists and demographic experts Monday at the University of Southern California.

“Volatile Demographics: How High & How Low” is the theme of the 28th annual Demographic Workshop, hosted by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. The day-long event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

The conference will address the extraordinary volatility and uncertainty of the post-recession era, accentuated by economic and demographic shifts, as well as new policies of the Trump Administration. Concerns include the puzzling failure of fertility to rebound from its recession lows, as well as the uncertain course of immigration that had begun to rebound but now is being shifted by major policy changes.

All of that compounds an already complex economic and employment environment, in which artificial intelligence and automation are gradually making their way into many of the six-county Southern California region’s key industries.

Keywords : event program

Anaheim and Yorba Linda, Calif. – OC Parks, the City of Yorba Linda, the City of Anaheim and the Go Human campaign invite area residents and visitors to bike, walk, skate or roll to Connect the Loop, an active-streets community event on Saturday, June 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., that will allow residents to preview street improvements coming to the area.

The improvements serve to close a critical gap in the OC Loop, a 66-mile network of comfortable trails around Orange County. The new project connects the El Cajon Trail with the Santa Ana River Trail, using innovative separated bikeway facilities along community streets.

At the event, residents and visitors will get to test out temporary street features that make walking and biking safer and more enjoyable, such as a two-way parking-protected bike lane and an improved shared-use path. Connect the Loop will bring friends and neighbors together to enjoy music, food trucks, entertainment, family-friendly activities, a free children’s bike rodeo, giveaways, and more. Those who provide feedback through the Go Human Challenge will also be entered into a raffle for a chance to win bicycles.

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Keywords : active transportation

SCAG’s Go Human Campaign is the proud recient of the Federal Highway Administration’s 2017 Transportation Planning Excellence Award.  Co-sponsored by the American Planning Association, this biennial awards program recognizes and celebrates exemplary planning practices in communities across the country.  Go Human engages and activates local communities through partnerships, encouraging active transportation through safety messaging and demonstration projects.  The campaign continues its efforts with a recently relaunched advertising campaign focused on traffic safety during May, upcoming demonstration events in Orange County, with more to come. For more information visit www.gohumansocal.org. To see a full list of 2017 recipients visit https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/tpea/2017/index.cfm

Keywords : active transportation

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) today launched “100 Hours,” a public engagement campaign to start a conversation about addressing Los Angeles’ world famous traffic problems with innovative solutions. The name “100 Hours” is derived from INRIX data showing that LA-area drivers now waste 104 hours every year stuck in traffic.

The campaign includes thought-provoking billboards overlooking Los Angeles roadways and freeways, quantifying 100 Hours in personal terms. Some billboards cover key surface streets on the Westside near the 405 Freeway where residents and commuters waste time in traffic traveling at speeds as slow as four miles per hour--walking speed-during peak periods. The 100 Hours discussion will focus on solutions for such traffic hot spots, complementing efforts to improve mass transit systems across the region.

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