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Blueprint Learning Network

Futures Connected: California and Its Regions

September 25 - 26, 2007

Radisson Hotel, Fresno - Sequoia Ballroom

Hosted by: Fresno Council of County Governments California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)


Day 1: Tuesday, September 25th, 2007


12:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductions


  • Jeff Loux, Director, Land Use and Natural Resource Program, UC Davis

  • Will Kempton, Director, Caltrans

  • Cynthia Bryant, Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

  • Alan Autry, Mayor, City of Fresno (invited)

1:15 p.m. The Interdependence of the Valley and the State of California

  • Carol Whiteside, President, Great Valley Center

It is impossible to achieve improved air quality in California (reduced greenhouse gas emissions) without addressing growth pressures in the Valley. The Great Valley Center has been on the forefront of regional strategies and recognizes the trade-offs that elected officials and the public must make to create sustainable communities for the good of the region and the state.


1:30 p.m. Economic Health and Regional Blueprint Planning

  • Moderator: Marjorie Kirn, Deputy Executive Director, Merced County Association of Governments

  • Ashley Swearengin, Executive Director, California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley  

  • Michael Darnell, California Policy Director, American Farmland Trust

  • Brian Leahy, Assistant Director, Division of Land Resource Protection, Department of Conservation

Setting the context of the range and scope of the challenges facing the Valley requires accurate and accessible data. This panel will establish baseline numbers and trends on challenges and opportunities facing the economy, agriculture, and health conditions of the Valley.


2:30 p.m. Towards Alignment: Regional Transportation Strategies

  • Moderator: Mike McCoy, Academic Administrator, Information Center for the Environment, UC Davis

  • Jim Bourgart, Deputy Secretary, Business, Transportation and Housing Agency

  • Fran Florez, Assistant Chairperson, High Speed Rail Authority Board  

  • Carrie Pourvahidi

  • Ronald Hughes, Executive Director, Kings Area Rural Transit

  • Mike McCoy Academic Administrator, Information Center for the Environment, UC Davis

  • Questions and Answers

Transportation investments create the grids upon which our communities work and live. This interactive panel will examine corridor planning, agricultural transportation networks, Inland Ports and other “big ticket” strategies that will have lasting impact on blueprint planning efforts and residents throughout the state.


3:15 p.m. BREAK


3:30 p.m. Connecting Healthy Communities and Regional Blueprint Planning

  • Moderator: Sunne Wright McPeak, President/CEO, CA Emerging Technology Fund

  • Dr. John Capitman, Executive Director, Central Valley Health Policy Institute

  • Lisa Hershey , California Department of Public Health  

  • Dr. Edward Moreno Director of Fresno County Community Health

  • Daniela Simunovic, Community Organizer, Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment  

  • Sunne Wright McPeak, President/CEO, CA Emerging Technology Fund

Public health policy touches our lives in myriad ways each and every day – from the water

 we drink, to the streets our children cross, to the steps we take to avoid a contaminated food supply. Prevention and wellness require coordination across public agencies, partnership with private sector entrepreneurs and the use of state of the art technology. This panel will explore the formidable link between health and blueprint planning.


4:45 p.m. Wrap-Up and Summary of Day 1 Activities

  • Jeff Loux, Director, Land Use and Natural Resource Program, UC Davis


5:00 p.m. Information Exchange and Networking Reception

Join the BLN tradition and engage with key staff from Regional Blueprint Planning efforts across the state. Visit displays and hear directly from staff from State Agencies working to ensure the successful implementation of these programs through a range of innovative programs and activities.