Region Matters


March 11, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 15  

Hello CRC Community,

Please find this week's edition of Region Matters.  As always, we have great information to share with you so please take some time to enjoy our latest edition.  


We always welcome your feedback - feel free to let us know what information you'd like to see in this newsletter.


Jonathan London

CRC Director


Thank you for your continued interest in the CRC!


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In This Issue
CRC News and Announcements
CRC Co-Sponsored Events
Fellowship Competition
UC Davis Center for Regional Change
CRC News and Announcements


Public Launch of CRC/Rabobank Regional Opportunity Index (ROI)

The CRC is excited to announce the public launch of its new UC Davis Center for Regional Change/Rabobank Regional Opportunity Index (ROI). 
Developed through a generous gift from Rabobank, the ROI is a web-based mapping platform used to target positive investments to the people and places that need it the most.

  • Advocates can use the ROI to hold businesses and public agencies accountable to investing in under-served communities.
  • Businesses can use the ROI to meet their investment goals, operate in a socially responsible manner, and meet legal mandates.
  • Public agencies and policy makers can use the ROI to allocate their funding, personnel and regulatory activity.

The ROI currently covers the 19 counties of the Central Valley with plans to expand statewide.  The ROI was developed by an all-star CRC team led by Chris Benner and including Nancy Erbstein, Teri Greenfield, Cassie Hartzog, Diane Godard, Sara Watterson, Hyeyoung Choi, Mindy Romero and Jonathan London.

On Friday March 14th, Chris Benner will present ROI at "A Just Economy," the National Community Reinvestment Coalition annual conference in Washington D.C.

The CRC is seeking opportunities to present the ROI through webinars, workshops, and various other settings.  Please contact us today with ideas for partnerships. We would also value your feedback about the website and how we can improve it over time to better support your work on community and regional development.


CCEP Releases New Policy Brief  The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) released a new policy brief "Disparities in California's Vote-by-Mail Use Changing Demographic Composition: 2002-2012" Read more here:

The brief has already generated media attention, including from KQED public television:


Welcome New CRC Staff! 
Valerie Chiappone recently joined the CRC staff as our Administration and Operations Manager.  Valerie comes to the center with over 20 years of experience in corporate and government office environments.  She is excited to join the CRC and the UC Davis community at large.  Please feel free to contact her at or (530) 752-3007 for all of your CRC needs.


  CRC Co-Sponsored Events


Dean Robert Post

The Constitutional Dimensions of Academic Freedom

Presenter: Robert Post, Dean and Professor of Law at Yale Law School


Date: Friday, March 14, 2014

Time: 2pm-4pm Lecture and Panel

Place: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Robert Mondavi Center


*Reception to follow 4pm-5pm Yoche Dehe Grand Lobby, Robert Mondavi Center.


This event is part of the Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good which is co-sponsored with the Academic Senate's Committee on Academic Freedom and responsibility.


This event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.


Fellowship Competition


The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for the fourth competition of the ACLS Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place 20 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance. 


Positions open for the 2014 competition are located in NYC, DC, Philadelphia, Boston, New Orleans, Madison, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Santa Monica.  Click here for a full list of opportunities. Questions may be directed to


Deadline for applications is March 19, 2014. View flyer here.



 UC Davis Center for Regional Change


The UC Davis Center for Regional Change (CRC) produces innovative research to create healthy, sustainable, prosperous, and equitable regional change in California's Central Valley and Sierra Nevada and beyond.


Organized within and with core support from the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the CRC is a resource for faculty and students across the campus and partners throughout California and the world.

For media inquiries and other questions, please contact us at  (530) 752-3007.

For general questions, please contact us at


Click here to read more about the CRC.