Region Matters


June 24, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 29  

Hello CRC Community,

Jonathan London

CRC Director

We hope you enjoy this week's edition of Region Matters.  As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions on how to improve RM and encourage you to send your items for inclusion to CRC Info.      

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CRC Regional Advisory Committee Member Meea Kang Honored with 2014 LOCUS Leadership Award  

The LOCUS Leadership Award, now in its third year, recognizes a real estate developer or investor who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to public leadership and walkable, sustainable, urban development.  This year, LOCUS honors Meea Kang, president and co-founder of Domus Development, LLC, as the 2014 LOCUS Leadership Award Recipient.  Kang founded Domus Development in 2003 and has spent the past decade creating and preserving affordable housing and innovative smart growth projects.  Domus builds and maintains attractive, well-designed assets that promote economic and community prosperity.  Please read the full announcement on Smart Growth America's website.


The 2014 Rural Development Leadership Institute at UC Davis a Success!

Co-sponsored by the Center for Regional Change, the Rural Development Leadership Network (RDLN) Summer Institute at UC Davis concluded on June 20.  Founded in 1983, the RDLN is a national, multicultural, social change organization that supports community-based development in poor rural areas through hands-on projects, education and skill building, as well as leadership development and networking.  The CRC has been honored to support the work of the RDLN Institute by co-hosting the program along with the Department of Human Ecology/Community and Regional Development.

L-R: Starry Krueger (RDLN President), Jonathan London (CRC Director),

Anita LaRan (Executive Director of Collaborative Visions in Mora, New Mexico), Isao Fujimoto (Emeritus Faculty Community and Regional Development), Margaret Eldred (Writing instructor), Dave Singleton (California Native American Heritage Commission), John Zippert (Federation of Southern Cooperatives), Shirley Sherrod (Former Georgia State Director; Rural Development-USDA), and

Mily Treviņo-Sauceda (Lideras Campesinas, Inc.)

 New Regionally-Relevant Research

CA Budget and Cap & Trade Funds Commentary

California legislators recently approved a state budget, marking an historic investment in climate action and local benefits especially for low-income communities. The budget allocates $872 million in carbon cap-and-trade auction revenues to investment categories, like clean transportation, while leaving some details yet to be determined.


A new UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation report "Investment Justice through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund" contains four over-arching budget recommendations, as well as recommendations from six different investment sector focus groups.  Read the full summary for more background information and resources. 


In a separate report, Stuart Cohen, Executive Director of TransForm, offers a comprehensive analysis of the outcomes and implications for California's cap-and-trade program.  Read TransForm's blog by clicking here


New Textbook: Rural Wealth Creation

By John Pender, Bruce Weber, Thomas Johnson, J. Matthew Fannin

This book investigates the role of wealth in achieving sustainable rural economic development.  The authors define wealth as all assets net of liabilities that can contribute to well-being, and they provide examples of many forms of capital: physical, financial, human, natural, social, and others.  They propose a conceptual framework for rural wealth creation that considers how multiple forms of wealth provide opportunities for rural development, and how development strategies affect the dynamics of wealth.  Click here to purchase (discount code: LRK69).


Regionally-Relevant Events

Social Determinants of Health:
Exploring how to put health research into action using data and mapping

Healthy City is hosting a webinar that will explore various ways to put health research into action by using data and mapping tools.

Date: Wednesday - June 25

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Click here to register.


Community Benefits in Exchange for Public Investment in Arena

The Sacramento Coalition for Shared Prosperity believes that Sacramento needs to ensure, just as other cities have done, that our community receives a return equal to the investment Sacramento has made to keep the Kings basketball team.  At the Sacramento Housing Alliance's Legal Aid Fundraiser, participants will learn more about Community Benefits Agreements.

Date: Wednesday - June 25

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Place: The Red Rabbit, 2718 J Street

Registration is required, click here.


Impactstory Information Session

Impactstory is an open-source, web-based tool that helps researchers explore and share the diverse impacts of all their research products and track how much engagement your work is generating.  Co-sponsored by Grad Pathways and Keith Bradnam, Impactstory Advisor.

Date: Tuesday - July 1

Time: Noon - 1pm

Place: UC Davis - PES 2005

Free pizza! Please register here.


UC Davis Fall Diversity Awareness Workshop

The Office of Campus Community Relations invites UC Davis faculty and staff to participate in this workshop geared for those who are committed to building an inclusive campus community, as well as for those who would like an introduction to multicultural and diversity issues in a safe and open environment.

Date: August 21 & 22 and September 8 & 9

Time: 8am - 5pm

Place: UCD Campus

Please email Samantha Huynh to register. If you are selected, you will receive a confirmation letter with further details. Registration deadline: July 18


 Employment/Internship Opportunities

Four Positions Open within CRPE

The Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE) has four paid, temporary summer positions open for hire:
Climate and Agriculture Research Fellow
Groundwater Research Fellow

* Agricultural Antibiotics Policy & Institutional/Market Research Fellow

* State & Local Policy Research Fellow

Please email CRPE for full job descriptions and hiring information.


AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Call for Applications

The application cycle for the 2015-16 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship class is now open for PhD candidate and postdoctoral scholars.  The Fellowship provides opportunities for scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to policymakers.  To apply, click here.  Deadline: November 1


About The UC Davis Center for Regional Change

Launched in 2007, the CRC is a catalyst for innovative, collaborative, and action-oriented research. It brings together faculty and students from different disciplines, and builds bridges between university, policy, advocacy, business, philanthropy and other sectors.  The CRC's goal is to support the building of healthy, equitable, prosperous, and sustainable regions in California and beyond.  


Learn more! Visit the CRC website. To contact us directly, email or  call us at (530) 752-3007.