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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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Posted December 14, 2017

Effective Monday, December 18, 2017, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will relocate its headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles. Only our mailing address will change, while all staff phone numbers, email addresses and our website will remain the same. SCAG offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

Please update your records to reflect our new Downtown Los Angeles address: strong>
Southern California Association of Governments
900 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90017

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Liu, Manager of Communications, at liuj@scag.ca.gov.

Benefit-cost analysis monetizes the value of benefits over the life of transportation projects and compares against project costs to assess cost-effectiveness, and is increasingly being utilized for project evaluation and selection—from TIGER and INFRA grants funded by USDOT to the programs funded under Senate Bill 1 (Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017), including the Active Transportation Program, the Local Partnership Program, the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, and the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program. If you are applying for project funding, including a benefit-cost analysis in your proposal may give your project an advantage.

To assist prospective funding applicants, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will conduct two upcoming training sessions on the California Life-Cycle Benefit/Cost Analysis (Cal B/C). The first session will be held on Dec. 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at Caltrans Headquarters. This traning will be webcast live at http://ctmedia.dot.ca.gov/webcast/live/live_event.asp?stream=calsta.

A second session is planned for Jan. 16, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at Caltrans District 7. For more information, contact Rose Agacer at (916) 651-6014.

Project Applications due to California Transportation Commission January 30, 2018.

The California Transportation Commission (CTC), in adopting Final Guidelines for the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, has announced availability of approximately $1.3 billion in federal and state funds for corridor-based freight projects nominated by local agencies and the State. As noted in the guidelines, project applications for the 2018 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program are due to the CTC by Tuesday, January 30, 2018. The guidelines also specify that SCAG (in its role as a Metropolitan Planning Organization) is responsible for compiling project nominations from eligible agencies in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties and confirming consistency with the 2016 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. As such, SCAG prepared a 2018 TCEP nomination form with further guidance on the application process for project nominations from the SCAG region.

Download the Cal BC / SB1 Workshop Flyer.

The California Transportation Commission recently approved the allocation of approximately $11.5 million in Sustainable Planning and Adaptation grants for the six-county region represented by the Southern SCAG. The funding will come from proceeds from increases in gasoline taxes approved under Senate Bill 1.

$6.3 million of the funding coming to the SCAG region was awarded in competitive grants for a total 15 planning projects across Southern California that include transit villages, complete streets and corridor safety strategies. These regional investments are all part of the implementation of SCAG’s 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy.

SCAG itself received a $940,000 grant – the largest competitive award in the state – to develop a Regional Climate Adaptation Framework that will help cities and counties create effective, customized strategies for achieving greenhouse emission reduction goals.

The six-county region was also awarded over $5 million in formula grants, which are allocated across the state according to factors including population. That money will be used to fund future grants that directly support local planning projects and internal research that will help our region reach the state’s ambitious climate goals.

The Sustainable Planning and Adaptation grants provide a major boost to regional efforts to build climate resilience, expand transportation options and support public health.

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