Weekly Updates

June 29, 2011

Vol. 1. Issue 22   

Hello Friends,

We are now at the time of year when we can not only reflect on the gains we have been able to make this year, but also to modify our internal processes in order to increase efficiency for next year. With that in mind, we are utilizing research on messaging to continually improve our presentations, meetings, and the literature that we produce as an organization.

Thank you to all of those who sent our last Graduate Student Researcher position announcement out to your various networks and listservs. The response was phenomenal and we were able to find a candidate that we believe will help us move forward on our work with  rural communities in California. Learn more about our collaborative efforts to build "Rural Prosperity from Regional Collaboration" by clicking here.

Below you will find the latest in regional news and events.


The Center for Regional Change

In This Issue
CRC Activities
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Jobs & Employment Opportunities
Upcoming Events
Special Reports on Regional Change
Regional Change in the News

CRC Activities

The Center for Regional Change is embarking on several summer research projects related to a focus on social and regional equity. In particular, research will focus on the marketing and framing of social justice issues in the public discourse. We look forward to collaborations and the sharing of best practices with those individuals and research centers that have established themselves as preeminent in the field.

We are pleased to announce that we have hired a Graduate Student Researcher to work with us on the next phase of the USDA Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG). The position will enable us to engage in qualitative data gathering to assess the barriers and opportunities to regional business development in  rural California. More details, as well as the new staff member's biography, will be included in the coming weeks. Click here for more details on the USDA RBOG project.
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The Fund for the Global Environment in the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University is inviting proposals for  research. For detailed information, click here .  


The San Joaquin Valley-Wide Air Pollution Study Agency has released the following RFP: "Incorporation of Rural NOx Flux Into the Ozone Model". More information can be found here.  


The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion released an RFP  for awards of $5,000 to $10,000 to address one or more HP2020 topic areas, with special emphasis on Environmental Justice, Health Equity, or Healthy Behaviors Across All Life Stages. More information can be found here

Jobs & Employment Opportunities 

The Sacramento Housing Alliance (SHA) is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization's advocacy and education efforts around affordable housing, homelessness, land use and transportation. Get more information by clicking  here.

The Sacramento City Unified School District is seeking a specialist to provide district-wide leadership on efforts to reduce bullying and harassment at school sites. Click here for more information.

The Transportation Equity Network (TEN), in partnership with Gamaliel affiliates in Michigan and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) are looking for a Transportation Community/Labor Organizer for a six-month project in Detroit, MI.  For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events

Careers in Grant Writing for humanists and social scientists will be the featured topic for the next free Versatile PhD online panel discussion during the week of July 11-15th. For additional information, click here.


The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley board of directors will hold its quarterly meeting in Kings County on Monday, July 11, from noon to 5 p.m.  Click here for event details

Special Reports on Regional Change
 A study done by UC Merced, called "Green Infrastructure: The Effects of Urban Rail Transit on Air Quality," helps to answer a long-debated question about whether investment in urban rail transit helps improve air quality by taking cars off the road. See the study's findings here.  
Regional Change in the News

The city of Bakersfield and two other agricultural water districts are involved in a heated debate over their planned use of the failed McAllister Ranch housing development for groundwater banking.

Get both sides of the story here. 


The California Citizens' Redistricting Committee is proposing to merge all of Merced County and half of Stanislaus County with areas on the other side of the coastal range. Click here to find out why  Mike Lynch,

 former Chief Operating Officer at the Great Valley Center thinks this will be a disaster for the Central Valley. 


 See all of this information and more on our website: regionalchange.ucdavis.edu. We invite any input on or contributions to these announcements.  Also, if you are interested in providing a post for our blog, please let us know.  To unsubscribe, click the "unsubscribe" button below. Thanks for your time!


Michael Johnson 

UC Davis Center for Regional Change