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What is Smart Valley Places?

The San Joaquin Valley (Valley) comprises the eight counties of Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin, with 62 cities and nearly 4 million residents. Although it is recognized worldwide as an agriculture powerhouse and is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, it also is one of the most challenged.

“Smart Valley Places is a monumental opportunity for the Valley to collaborate on regional planning issues such as air quality, economic development and transportation while addressing the unique needs of our individual cities with sustainability in mind.”

— Mike Dozier
Lead Executive, California Partnership
for the San Joaquin Valley

The Valley has long suffered as an area of significant concentrated poverty, high unemployment, poor air quality and a sprawling growth pattern of low-density, auto-dependent suburban development that continues to consume valuable agricultural land. Smart Valley Places represents the commitment and much-needed capital required to reverse the harsh interdependent realities that have plagued the Valley, and to create an attractive place to live, work and do business.

Learn more about our region at www.groundswellsjv.org