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The California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission has planned a series of public finance educational opportunities for public officials aimed at improving transparency in the municipal markets.

Seminar - Tools and Strategies for Today’s Public Investment Portfolio Manager
March 12-13, 2014 | Hilton Concord, Concord, CA

This seminar provides public agency investment officers and other public officials with an introduction to the concepts, tools, and strategies necessary to manage and oversee public investment portfolios. Panelists will address the components of portfolio management, including establishing policy objectives, managing cash flow, understanding permitted investments, assessing and mitigating risk, and structuring portfolios.

Seminar - Municipal Market Disclosure: Current Topics and Practices
March 18-19, 2014 | Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center, Pomona, CA

Both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Government Accounting Office noted in their evaluation of the municipal market the need to improve market transparency through better disclosure. Efforts to do so, however, have stirred as much controversy as they have resulted in improved practices. This one and a half day program is devoted to a discussion of where we are and how much further we have to go. Day One of this seminar will focus on the current rules and proposed reform initiatives for primary and secondary disclosure practices by public agencies. Day Two will focus on recommended disclosure practices for direct loans and general obligation debt.

Seminar - Fundamentals of Land-Secured Financing
April 25, 2014 | San Diego, CA
Registration and Details Coming Soon

This one-day workshop is specifically designed for local government officials and their interested staff on Mello-Roos bonds and assessment district financing. Community Facilities District Financing (CFDs) remain a statewide financing tool. Speakers will highlight discussions of the basic structures, formation considerations, process and implementation of land-based financing techniques.

To register and for more information visit www.treasurer.ca.gov/cdiac/seminars.asp

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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