Region Matters


    September 27th, 2012  Vol. 3. Issue 2                             

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The CRC Weekly Updates is now Region Matters! We have renamed our weekly newsletter to better match its purpose and mission. We invite everyone to continue to send relevant news and updates so that we may share with our greater community informed and connected

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In This Issue
CRC Activities
Regional Change in the News
Special Reports on Regional Change
Upcoming Events
Jobs & Employment Opportunities
Please Join Us for the Official Public Launch of the California Civic Engagement Project on Oct 3rd!


The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) is holding a launch event to introduce the new project's resources to all interested audiences, including public officials, advocacy groups and non-partisan organizations. 


The CCEP's Mission: 

The California Civic Engagement Project's mission is to collect and analyze civic engagement data from a broad range of sources, making them a publicly available resource. A key focus of data presentation is identifying disparities in participation across place and population in the state. The project also supports research that explores non-traditional measures of civic engagement, particularly those that may be more likely experienced by disadvantaged or disconnected groups.


October 3rd, 2012

9:00-10:30 AM

UC Sacramento Center 1130 K Street, Suite LL Sacramento, CA 95814


We recommend early registration for this event. Register online now.

Regional Change in the News

Capay Valley Vision invites you on behalf of UC Davs Art of Regional Change and Cache Creek Conservancy to Restore/Restory. 

People's History Project
Telling the diverse stories of Yolo County's peoples, traditions & relationship to the land.

Project Debut & Story Showcase
Saturday October 20, 2012
12-6:00 PM
Cache Creek Nature Preserve
34199 Country Road 20, Woodland
Come explore our history through
-Site-based audio tours
-Interactive art murals
-Nature & culture walks
-Story circles

Featuring: live musice, kid ativities, basket weaving demos & guest speakers
A project of the UC Davis Art of Regiona Change and Cache Creek Conservancy
Info at
Funded by the UC Humanities Reseach Institute
Special Reports on Regional Change

Community Food Systems Bibliography Now Available

Community food systems are gaining attention nationwide as an important way to create links between farmers, consumers and communities in particular regions.  UC Davis researchers David Campbell, Gail Feenstra, and Ryan Galt worked with graduate students to compile a bibliography which documents the growing interest in community food systems, focusing mostly on analyses of food-related activities and trends within the United States. This bibliography, available on the web site of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at:, gathers published literature on local and regional food systems and categorizes the literature by key topics. An accompanying user guide describes the methodology and classification for the bibliography, which can be downloaded in any of three formats: PDF file, Excel spreadsheet, or Endnote file. 


The Carsey Institute conducts policy research on vulnerable children, youth, and families and on sustainable community development. Their recently released fact sheet examines Cos County youths' beliefs about their access to educational and occupational opportunities in their home communities and whether these beliefs relate to their expectations for the future. To do so, author Erin Hiley Sharp draws on the Cos Youth Study data collected in 2011 from 318 eleventh graders in the public schools. Read the brief, Youths' Opinions About Their Opportunities for Success in Cos County Communities. 


Natural Resources Defense Council and Move LA recently released a report analyzing the latest two plans to be adopted under SB 375, from LA and Sacramento. The report itself is on NRDC's website here.


USDA announced publication of Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities, a guide to federal funding to help rural communities promote economic development and enhance quality of life. 

Focused on regional innovation? Check out the new resource from USDA Promoting Regional Innovation in Rural Communities.

NADO Research Foundation has released a newreport, Collaborative Leadership: Partnerships between Regional Development Organizations and Community Foundations.  


DemocracyU invites participation in a video project. Organized by local groups and promoted by the American Commonwealth Partnership and the National Issues Forums, Shaping Our Future dialogues will take place in communities across America in 2012-13. In conjunction with this effort, DemocracyU is inviting short, do-it-yourself video submissions on the topic, "How should higher education help us create the society we want?" Click here for more info.


Are You a Funder? Got Good Data?

Over the last few years Healthy City has partnered with a variety of funders to transform their strategic giving by incorporating data and research. Their report, Good Data = Good Decision Making: For Philanthropy, explores case studies and best practices they've developed to support philanthropic efforts in California. Their webinar, Focus on Philanthropy: How to use Data to Drive Decision Making, on October 23 will walk through examples from the report and highlight the free data and mapping tools on 

Read the Good Data = Good Decision Making: For Philanthropy report, which was made possible through the generous support of First 5 Los AngelesRegister today for the Focus on Philanthropy: How to use Data to Drive Decision Making webinar on October 23rd from 10 - 11 am. Help spread the word about their How to Use for Grant Writing & Reporting webinar on October 10th from 10 - 11 am.

Upcoming Events

LDA 190: A Place for People

Landscape Architecture Lecture Series 184 Young Hall,

Fridays 12:10 -1:00


CRC Executive Committee Member, Patsy Owens, would like to invite folks to this series. Lectures will also be available on UC Davis iTunesU. Click here for more information. 


On Wednesday October 3, 2012, there will be a Central Valley Hepatitis C Summit.  In-depth educational and interactive sessions will offer a unique approach to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) epidemic by identifying and addressing the needs of the underserved HCV population - youth, intravenous drug users, and young individuals with a history of incarceration or partners with history of incarceration. The Summit's participants will share their voices, expertise, and leadership to develop a region-wide plan address the epidemic. For more information or to register for the event, contact Ora Murray at


The Davis Food Co-op is delighted to announce that tickets for Raising Davis are now available at This free, ticketed event will be held at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame at 303 3rd Street during Farmer's Market on October 10, 2012. Raising Davis celebrates participatory organizations and the people who make them thrive.  All five members of our Raising Davis panel- Bob Black, Cristy Jensen, Richard Gertman, Ann Evans, and Jonathan Woolley-helped develop organizations that enable people to contribute their skills, talents, and energy in meaningful ways, and in so doing, build community. Click here, for more information.   


You are invited to attend the Rural Housing Summit 2012! 

October 25 - 26, 2012. This year's summit theme...New Visions for a New Landscape will directly involve participants in efforts to improve the housing conditions of Rural Californians during one of the most challenging times we have ever faced. At this year's Summit, attendees will formulate an agenda to guide rural housing providers and advocates through the remainder of 2012 and in 2013. In doing so, we will ensure that recent successes will lead to future victories and opportunities for rural housing improvement.

For more information, click here.

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities

The Youth Advocate Network For Sustainable Communities, YANSCis seeking a diverse mix of youth ages 13-18, including youth drawn from communities facing high social, health and economic disparities. They are looking for emerging leaders who have immense potential, but haven't been given the opportunity to lead. To join YANSC, applicants must submit a completed youth application, and nomination form completed by an esteemed adult, community leader, or teacher on their behalf. Detailed information about YANSC, youth applications, and adult nomination forms can be found on here.  

Human Impact Partners is hiring for an Associate Director for Research to guide research design and implementation within our Health Impact Assessments. This is a new position at HIP and an opportunity to work at the forefront of community-focused HIA work that is transforming the policies and places people need to live healthy lives. Click here to download the position description and to learn how to apply.