Region Matters


  September 9, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 45                  

Dear Friends,
We hope you find this week's newsletter informative and useful to you and your community. We always appreciate hearing from our readers about new initiatives, recent accomplishments and upcoming events.   
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In This Issue
CRC Faculty Affiliates
Regional Change in the News
Upcoming Events
Employment Opportunities
 CRC Faculty Affiliates


Jobs-Housing Fit maps and analysis for California cities available

CRC faculty affiliate Chris Benner has produced updated
Jobs-Housing Fit maps with the most current data available (2011). The updated maps and Excel sheet provide data on the ratio of low-wage jobs to affordable housing units, for every city and other Census Designated Places (CDP) in the state of California.  We call this indicator the Jobs-Housing Fit (JHFIT) ratio, and we hope it can be a useful tool for helping to identify places with significant shortages of affordable housing for the low-wage workers employed in those places. 


To view maps, data sheet and further descriptions, click here.


UC Davis social media team invited to present new "app" at AFL-CIO convention


CRC faculty affiliates Jesse Drew and Chris Benner and fellow UCD professor Glenda Drew with their team of UC Davis students were recently invited by the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) to attend and present their research to the national convention of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles on September 8-11. The "hack-a-thon" group came together to bring computer science and design skills to craft a new mobile app that would be beneficial to those organizing sectors of workers that suffer from low wages, poor healthcare, immigration problems and other aspects of much of the new economy. One of the featured keynote speakers at the convention will be President Barack Obama.


To learn more about the hack-a-thon group and Stories of Solidarity, click here.


 Regional Change in the News

New brief released "An Uneven Housing Recovery: Implications for Community Development"


Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco recently released a new research brief that presents data and analysis on the recent housing market recovery and its implications for low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. After years of gloomy housing reports, promising signs of a recovery are showing. However, these encouraging indicators mask the realities of what's happening on the ground in LMI communities that were disproportionately affected by the housing crisis. Complicating matters is the new role of investors in the housing recovery and the changing nature of local housing markets. To read the full brief, click here.null

Upcoming Events


Connecting Communities: Entrepreneurship in Rural America


Free Audioconference:
Tuesday, September 10 
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Pacific

The Community Development Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco presents an audioconference about entrepreneurship in rural America. As economic hardship lingers, communities across rural America are looking for solutions to spur revitalization and create opportunities for renewal. In response, a number of towns and small metros in rural areas are taking ownership of their futures by capitalizing on the assets they already have and establishing entrepreneurship-based economic development models.

Speakers include:
Dell Gines, Senior Community Dev Advisor, FRB of Kansas 
Don Macke, Co-Director, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Registration is required for this audioconference. To register, click here.



VOICE, VOTE, LEARN and LUNCH on the preferred scenario in the Fresno county Sustainable Communities Strategy

Tuesday, September 10, UCSF Room 136

Noon to 1 pm


The American Lung Association in CA looks forward to public health professionals joining for a lunch event to VOICE, VOTE, LEARN and LUNCH on the preferred scenario in the Fresno county Sustainable Communities Strategy. Click here for more details.





Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) announce speaker series


October 2: Affordable Housing in Crisis

November 6: Transportation for Everyone

December 4: Food Access


Join the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute cohort for a public forum with regional leaders who work to engage community members in local and regional decision-making. Discuss why community participation is meaningful, how it is being done and what each of us can do to make public decisions better represent the needs of our communities. Panelists to include: Charles Mason, President & CEO, Ubuntu Green, Mike Somers, State Director, Pesticide Watch and Gabby Trejo, Organizer, Sacramento Area Congregations Together.


All forums will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Mercy Housing 7th & H (720 7th Street, Sacramento, 95814). For more information, click here.



National Association for Ethnic Studies 2014 Conference announced "Research as Ceremony: Decolonizing Ethnic Studies"


April 10-13, 2014 in Oakland, CA


The 2014 National Association for Ethnic Studies conference seeks to restore and renew our critical purpose and commitment to self-determination, social justice and intersectional praxis. The NAES 2014 is envisioned as ceremony, an interdisciplinary space of struggle and solidarity where academia, politics, community, arts, spirituality and culture converge. Including convening a national Ethnic Studies Congress followed by Talking Circles and Teach-Ins for the presentation and exchange of ideas, research, and knowledge among community based organizers, scholars, tribal leaders, youth leaders, policy makers, and others.

Employment Opportunities


President/CEO position announced with Community Link Capital Region



Community Link Capital Region is moving forward with its search for a President/Chief Executive Officer. The ideal candidate will have a track record in strategic planning, communications, non-profit management, and both traditional and cutting-edge fundraising strategies. The application deadline is September 6, 2013.


To view the full job description, click here