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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

SCAG is in the process of updating our Public Participation Plan, and we would like to hear from you to help us refine our public engagement processes and identify areas for improvement. SCAG’s planning work serves a large and diverse region, and relies on public participation as an essential component of our planning process. SCAG’s Public Participation Plan was last updated in March 2014, and as we prepare for the development of the 2020 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, we want to ensure that our approach to public engagement is effective and inclusive.

As a regional stakeholder, we would like your feedback on the SCAG’s outreach efforts and public participation processes. Please take a moment to help us by filling out a brief survey. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions, please contact Margaret de Larios at delarios@scag.ca.gov.

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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.

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