2018 Speaker Series

2018 logo speaker seriesBoth the Great Recession and the unique recovery have made it clear that circumstances change, and the needs of our communities evolve over time, sometimes in ways that we struggle to anticipate. As a result, there is a need for the profession to plan for and manage these fast moving transformations. We must reimagine our communities to face these changes.

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YPG Programs and Events

The Sacramento Valley Section YPG is committed to planning dynamic events for 2017! We are hard at work bringing you YPG programs that involve project site and walking tours, professional development topics, community service opportunities, social events, and technical/educational programs. 

NOW OPEN – 2018 APA Membership Scholarship for YPG Members

The Sacramento Valley Section (SVS) APA is offering up to three scholarships for one-year membership dues to National APA exclusively for YPGers. Whether you consistently attend our events, stay in touch via social media, or are just getting to know us and aren’t as active, this application is being offered as a way to encourage commitment to the planning profession, to get more involved in APA, and to support you!

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YPG Past Programs and Events




YPG caught up with fellow young and emerging professionals at the River Cats game last week. Keep an eye out for an upcoming bowling night hosted by the Sacramento Inter-Association this fall!






We had a fantastic turnout at our Old Sacramento Walking Tour, with a diverse range of participants and young planners in attendance. Thanks to all who came, asked great questions and stuck around for a quick drink after. Special thanks to Brooksie Hughes and Scott Ford of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, and Richard Rich and Carson Anderson of the City of Sacramento for showing YPG how Sacramento's most historic neighborhood is turning into Sacramento's hippest neighborhood!




YPG joined architects, landscape architects, engineers, and green building professionals on a lovely spring saunter along R Street on April 2nd. We learned about the history of R Street, toured the successful redevelopment of the Warehouse Artist Lofts, and heard about the highly-anticipated Ice Blocks development. YPG will be co-hosting another Inter-Association event this summer – stay tuned!



student mixer

We had a great turnout on April 18th at our Davis student mixer! Current UC Davis students came to network with professional planners and hear about their experiences, projects, and potential job opportunities. Thank you to all who joined us!




Last month YPG hosted a non-traditional Planner’s Pint Night featuring Dan Henderson of Esri, who demonstrated exciting new technologies available to planners. We had a lively discussion about emerging trends in technology and different ways to convey information to the public. Hope some of you were able to catch us on Facebook Live and Instagram Live, and thanks to all that attended in person. Be sure to look for our next Planner’s Pint Night in April – hope to see you there!





SIA Winter Mixer 1

Last month YPG co-hosted an inter-association mixer with other emerging professionals from AIA, ASLA, SEAOC, and USGBG that featured a can drive for the Sacramento Food Bank, a funky scarf competition, and a game night. Attendees were able to mingle with young professionals outside their field while also giving back to the community through canned good donations. The event drew over 40 people and the organizations plan to co-host another event in the spring. Check back soon for updates!



On October 18th YPG members spoke with future planners from various planning-related majors at UC Davis. We shared our experiences as a young (or experienced) professional and the transition from school to the workplace.  





There was a great turnout at the Planners Pint Night on September 21st, where Helen Selph from the City of Sacramento joined us at the Federalist to talk about the City's urban agriculture ordinances in honor of the upcoming Farm-to-Fork festival. She spoke about two main ordinances - the Urban Agriculture Ordinance and Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance - providing a history of urban ag in Sacramento and what steps the City has taken to accommodate and incentivize agriculture within City boundaries. The group was very excited to hear from her and were engaged with many questions about the ordinances!




On Wednesday August 31stYPG and YPT members came together to enjoy a great Rivercats game over in the Beer Garden. It was a small group but that didn’t stop us from having great conversation and a great time. Thanks to all who came out, we hope to see you at the next one!




YPG had a mid-summer mixer at Tank House on July 28th, where YPG members came together to enjoy drinks, appetizers, and to escape the boiling heat!



June interassociation socialYPG kicked off the summer with other emerging professionals from AIA, ASLA, SEAOC, USGBG and ULI in a first time inter-association networking and social event. The party featured an interactive hands-on vision board where members of each association could share their thoughts for development and neighborhood improvement throughout Sacramento. The event included food from local Sacramento businesses, lawn games, networking opportunities, and lots of fun!



RAILOn June 4th YPG joined our friends at YPT for a special tour of the Western Railway Museum.  This co-hosted event featured a one-hour train ride on the museum's vintage 1914 Salt Lake & Utah parlor car, a free sampling of local wines from Tenbrink Vineyards, a guided tour by the museum's volunteer conductors and docents, lunch in the museum's picnic grounds catered by Kinders BBQ, and a great chance to meet new friends and see electric railroading history brought to life!



On May 24th YPG held a Pint Night to discuss a new, community led parklet project forming near the Clarksburg Branch Line bike trail in West Sacramento.  This planning effort is the inaugural project of Assemble Sacramento, a new placemaking venture focused on site activation in the region.  West Sacramento Planning Commissioner Andrew Sturmfels was on hand to explain the project and ways to offer support and get more involved. 



YPG hosted a Bike Tour where approximately 25 planners toured four development sites in Downtown Sacramento: Railyards, EVIVA, ICE Blocks, and The Mill at Broadway. The presenters were Frank Myers (Downtown Railyard Ventures), Marc de la Vergne (Capital Area Development Authority), Kaitlin Murchison (Heller Pacific, Inc.), and Rachel and Katherine Bardis (Bardish Homes). Cyclists were able to ride into the Railyards, hear about innovative designs and development, and see several model homes at The Mill at Broadway.



aprilplanningpanelOver 45 UC Davis students came out for YPG's Planning Professional Panel. Experienced professionals representing various planning occupations shared their career journeys and gave students advice about how to best prepare for a job in planning. Panelists included Julia Lave Johnston (Institute for Local Government), Matthew Gerkin (AECOM), Curtis Ailing (Ascent Environmental), Tricia Stevens (County of Sacramento), and Reza Navai (CalTrans). Thank you to everyone who made this such a successful event!


On March 29th, YPG and YPT (Young Professionals in Transportation) had a joint Happy Hour at Kupros Craft House. We spent the evening networking and taking some time for fun. 





On February 17th YPG hosted a Student Networking Event where over 30 aspiring planners from UC Davis came out to this annual professional/student mixer at De Vere's in Davis. YPG members representing the public, private, and non-profit sectors were able to share their experiences as young professionals and answer students' questions about how to best prepare themselves for a career in the planning field.


franklin blvd

On January 30th YPG volunteered at the Franklin Blvd Streetscape Celebration, which was an event highlighting a $450,000 grant that the City of Sacramento recently received from SACOG to conduct a feasibility study on a portion of Franklin Blvd, that would reduce it from four to two lanes, as well as add bicycle lanes, landscaped medians, striped on street parallel parking and many more trees. YPG was on hand at the celebration to talk to the public about the importance of the complete streets and details on the project. Other highlights of the event included keynotes from Councilmember Jay Schenirer and Supervisor Phil Serna.


InterMuralYPG kicked-off the New Year with other emerging professionals from the American Institute for Architects (AIA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). On January 22nd at LC Studio Tutto young professionals grabbed a paintbrush to help create a one-of-a-kind mural. YPG was thrilled to partner with exceptional artists Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel of LC Studio Tutto to create a collaborative mural inspired by our shared interests and values. 



IHeartPlanningOn October 22nd YPG held a #IPlanSacValley Social Media Mixer at Bike Dog Brewing Company to celebrate Planning Month and the #IAmPlanning social media campaign, which highlights the different faces and backgrounds of young planners across the nation. Participants were entered in a special raffle to win Bike Dog gear and other fun prizes! 

September: YPG at PORTAL


portal2YPG was at PORTAL on September 11th! PORTAL was a temporary installation that serves as a flexible space for community members to visualize the future of the region. This visionary project was meant to bring people together and to reimagine the potential for currently unused space in our city. YPG solicited input from community members and invited them to draw or write out their vision for the Sacramento region on our PORTAL postcards. 


Rivercats2YPG and other emerging professionals from Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) got together for a fun night of socializing, networking, and catching fly balls at the River Cats Game on August 20th. YPG members watched the Sacramento River Cats play the New Orleans Zephyrs while enjoying the $2 Miller nights from the Beer Garden!



On June 27th YPG had a Light Rail Crawl to Historic Folsom! We met for drinks at noon in Midtown, followed by icebreakers on the Light Rail as we headed to Historic Folsom. Once there, YPG participated in an on-site tour and discussion centered on Historic Folsom's streetscape improvement project. We capped the day off with a mini-pub crawl through Historic Folsom.


RSTPPNYPG held a Planner’s Pint Night on the R Street Corridor at Fox & Goose Public House on June 11th. We heard from the corridor’s Development Manager, Todd Leon, about the corridor's transformation into the vibrant neighborhood it is quickly becoming! The R Street Corridor is a 27-block long, two block wide special planning district within Sacramento’s Central City Community. Once a thriving warehouse district, the R Street of tomorrow will take advantage of multiple modes of transit, a gritty industrial past, and distinct urban form to create a truly unique neighborhood in the City of Sacramento.


YPG's May Happy Hour on May 19th at The Federalist was a special celebration for two of our YPG subcommittee members: Amy Martin and Dov Kadin. Both Amy and Dov were accepted into the prestigious City + Regional Planning Master's program at UC Berkeley! A huge loss for YPG, but a huge gain for our profession. We sent them off on their latest journey in true YPG fashion with drinks, thanking Amy and Dov for all their work with YPG!


YPG had an amazing turnout at de Vere's in Davis on May 7th.  We met with aspiring planners from UC Davis to share our experiences as a young professional and on managing the transition from school to the workplace. 


ChicoBikeOn April 25th, YPG journeyed to Chico, meeting at the 1 Mile Recreation Area for a bike tour of Lower Bidwell Park. From there YPGers headed over to Madison Bear Garden to meet area planners of all experience levels and talk about the state of planning in Chico and Butte County. 


BroadwayPPNAPRIL: Planner's Pint Night - upper land park broadway planning initiative

Celia Yniguez, Program Manager for SHRA, was on hand to discuss the Upper Land Park - Broadway Neighborhood Initiative and Plan on April 16th at The MIX. This comprehensive community-based planning effort is aimed at creating a vibrant new community within and surrounding the Marina Vista and Alder Grove properties. YPG learned about the two-year planning process that will result in a Transformation Plan to guide the evolution of the Upper Land Park-Broadway area into a community of opportunity.


YPG joined emerging professionals from AIA Central Valley, ASLA, and SEAOC for a night of bowling at Capital Bowl in West Sacramento on March 26th.



On Thursday, March 19th during our usual third Thursday YPG Happy Hour, YPG hosted a Planner's Pint Night on the Bridge District (TBD) project in West Sacramento on the front patio of Old Soul at the Weatherstone. Stephen Jaycox, Chief Marketing Officer and Design Director for Fulcrom Properties, was on hand to discuss this exciting new development that has "4,000 residential units, five million square feet of commercial space, and another 500,000 square feet of retail space" planned to support "a green-certified, walkable, riverfront neighborhood." Stephen talked about TBD's completed and planned development and its vision to further integrate the river into the fabric of downtown Sacramento. 

February: Third thursday joint HAPPY HOUR WITH ASLA

YPG partnered with the young professionals of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to host a joint happy hour on February 19th. YPG and ASLA networked and socialized on the back patio of University of Beer.


YPG's first event of 2015 was a combined Third Thursday Happy Hour and Game Night at Kupros Craft House. On January 22nd we got together to break in the new Cards Against Urbanity game. Yes, you read that right - Cards Against Humanity, urban planning style! 


December: YPG Standing Happy Hour

YPG held the last Third Thursday Happy Hour of 2014 on December 18th on the back patio at Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar. As always, planners and friends of planners were welcome - the more the merrier! 

November: YPG Standing happy hour and AICP info session

At our Third Thursday Happy Hour on November 20th, Scot Mende, the APA Sac Valley Section Director of Professional Development, chatted with YPG regarding all things AICP, including the benefits, eligibility requirements, test application dates, and available resources to prepare for the exam.

November: Discussion and Q&A Session with Federalist Owner and Architect

FederalistOn November 13th YPG got a sneak peak of the Federalist Public House before it opened. The innovative project is one of the first of its kind on the West Coast and YPG members heard about it from owner and architect Marvin Maldondo himself! Located in midtown, a mere three blocks south of the MARRS Building, Federalist will boast one of the most innovative footprints in the region and plans to do it in a very urban style. Federalist is comprised of seven 40-foot high cube shipping containers all creatively arranged on an alley-loaded lot, to create a 2,200 SF restaurant in the rear yard of a 107-year-old Federalist Style Victorian. Federalist will be one of the first of its kind in the US with patrons sitting inside containers, shielding them from the elements while still allowing an al fresco dining experience. Federalist is poised to take full advantage of the beautiful weather year round with its 1000+ SF of green roof, keeping the space cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. For more information go to http://www.federalistpublichouse.com/about.


YPG hosted October's Third Thursday Happy Hour at Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar on October 16th.


YPG is met in October to discuss the first five chapters of "Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia" by Anthony M. Townsend.   

September: SACRAMENTO UNITED PARK(ING) DAY and ypg happy hour


YPG hosted a booth at the Second Annual Sacramento United PARK(ing) Day on September 19th in front of the MARRS building. The YPG installation included a YPG designed and constructed backdrop with some of Sacramento's most iconic landmarks where participants could create your their own photocard shoot with friends and fellow YPs.  YPG also held a happy hour to celebrate the event at Low Brau.

August: YPG Standing Happy Hour

YPG hosted a standing Happy Hour on August 21st at Tank House BBQ and Bar.

July: YPG Standing Happy Hour

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YPG hosted a standing Happy Hour on July 17th at Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar.




June: YPG Standing Happy Hour

YPG June

On June 19th, YPG hosted the first of many standing YPG Happy Hours. We kicked off the summer with fellow planners at Low Brau Bierhall. 

May: YPG Transit Crawl

YPG members explored downtown Sacramento by transit on a 2-stop bar crawl on May 21, 2014. Participants met at Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. to grab a drink and mingle before catching Regional Transit's Light Rail Blue Line to stop two, New Helvetia Brewing Co.

April: UC Davis-YPG Mixer at Devere's

YPG hosted aspiring planners at de Vere's in Davis on April 24, 2014. Students got the chance to get know young planning professionals in the Sacramento area and find out more about the YPG, a great resource for young graduates and planners.

April: Planner's Pint Night - Connect Card

Lacey Symons-Holtzen, Associate Planner with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), talked to YPG about the Sacramento region's transition to a new transit smart card fare payment system called Connect Card. YPG got an exclusive preview before customer testing started for this state-of-the-art transit smart card fare payment system!

March: YPG April Book Club Meeting

maybookclubYPG members voiced their preferred discussion formats and learned more about the book, For the Love of Cities by Peter Kageyama, during the first Book Club meeting of 2014.


March: EMERGE Summit

EMERGE2YPG partnered with the Urban Land Institute Sacramento Young Leaders Group on a presentation for the EMERGE Summit on March 21, 2014 put on my MetroEdge. The half-day event gathered more than 500 young professionals with an interest in making the future economic, civic, and philanthropic success of the Capital region a reality. Created to inspire dialogue and immediate action around ideas, EMERGE featured nine professional development workshops – each facilitated by an organizing local young professional group – centered around living, working, and playing in our region.

January: YPG January Mixer

YPG held the first mixer of the year at New Helvetia Brewing Company on January 30. Members had the chance to reconnect with old colleagues after a busy holiday season and learn about new and exciting programs for 2014, including the Planners Book Club.



maydestonePlanners interested in historic buildings, urban infill, and affordable housing got an inside look at the recently renovated Maydestone apartment complex at 15th & J Streets on December 4, 2013. Participants received an overview of the project, saw the inside of a unit, and were able to ask questions of a member of the development team.



On October 29th 2013, YPG held the inaugural Planner's Pint Night to discuss the Downtown/Riverfront Streetcar Project. Fedolia "Sparky" Harris, Senior Planner, with the City of Sacramento talked about the impact the project could have on both Sacramento's Central Core, as well as West Sacramento's budding Bridge District.

September: Sacramento United PARK(ing) Day

parkingday2013YPG created an installation at the Sacramento United PARK(ing) Day on September 20th, 2013 to show what experimental parklets can look like in Sacramento. The YPG installation was located outside of the MARRS building on 20th street towards K street. Particpants enjoyed street bowling at the YPG parklet and explored other creative options for reclaiming the streets from cars for a day! YPG members also attended a mixer at Low Brau after the event.

July: Sacramento Valley APA Member Appreciation Event

YPG joined fellow APA members at the 1st annual Member Appreciation event at the Bogle Winery Tasting Room on July 19th, 2013. The Alfresco Wine Tasting event benefited Meals on Wheels of Yolo County. The Member Appreciation event features live entertainment by the Hucklebucks and food from Mama Kim Cooks.

June: Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Event

foodbankOn June 18, 2013, YPG members gathered together to give back at one of Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services' Food Distribution Sites. Young Planners volunteered to help families in need gain access to healthy, fresh, and affordable food in a fun farmers market style environment. The event supported an amazing organization that feeds 19,000 people and families a month with food distributions!

May: Careers in Planning Event at UC Davis

On May 21, 2013, YPG members met with UC Davis students and recent graduates to discuss careers in planning. Young planners in the field shared their experiences, career paths, types of employers, and advice for people getting started in a planning career. UC Davis students and recent graduates also received advice about job interview skills specific to planning careers and feedback on their resumes.

May: The “Downward Spiral” Pub Crawl

pubcrawlYoung professionals from some of Sacramento's leading professional organizations: APA YPG, AIA, SEAOC, ULI, ASLA, and IIDA, hit 6 bars in 6 hours on May 17, 2013. The pub crawl started with Kupros and ended at The Press Club, hitting Low Brau, Alley Katz, Zebra Club, and Old Tavern along the way.


April: LowBrau Spring Social

YPGspringsocial4-13YPG had some much needed fun in the sun on one of the best patios on the grid at LowBrau on April 9, 2013. Young planners met at the new 'it' midtown spot, anchoring 20th and K at the MARRS building, for networking and an all-around good time.


March: YPG Hosts Aspiring Planners at Student Mixer: Join Us Across the Causeway!

On March 6, 2013, the YPG met with aspiring planners from UC Davis at de Vere's in Davis. For those of you who haven't been to downtown Davis in awhile, this was a great time to come check it out. YPG members got to share their experiences as a young professional and the opportunities and challenges you've experienced in transitioning from school to the workplace.

February: Hotel Berry Tour with the ULI Young Leaders Group

APA YPG and ULI YLG joined forces to tour the newly renovated Hotel Berry at the corner of 8th and L Streets in downtown Sacramento on Wednesday, February 13th. After the tour particiapnts networked kitty corner to Hotel Berry at the original Frank Fat's.


October: Network with YPG at the Pourhouse!

PourHouseMixer10-12Sac Valley YPG planners gathered for pint of their favorite brews and classic cocktails at Pour House on Wednesday, October 17th. The YPG crew checked-out the rehabbed new bar and grill at the former location of Whiskey Wild on Q Street in Midtown. With tableside taps, food served up by Coast to Coast Sandwiches, one of Sacramento's celebrated food trucks, and drink specials whenever a train rolls by on the neighboring tracks, Pour House is soon to be a Sacramento institution!

October: You Don't Know Sac Scavenger Hunt & Pub Crawl

scavengerOn Saturday, October 6, 2012, YPG and the Sacramento Sport & Social Club ran amuk around Midtown Sacramento for the: "You Don't Know Sac" Scavenger Hunt & Pub Crawl. During this 5 hour outing, groups of two to five ventured around downtown and midtown Sac tracking down answers to clues and documenting the quest with zany pics. Goofing off was included, and inhibitions were left at home. We are looking for photos from the outing to share with the YPG, so send your best, most memorable scavenger pics to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

February: Experience City Council

On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, YPG hosted the “Experience City Council” event where young planners joined together at Sacramento City Hall to witness what occurs during a council hearing. The highly relevant agenda items included changes to consolidate the City of Sacramento Design and Planning Commissions and completion of the Sacramento Streetcar Planning Study. After the hearing, young planners connected at a networking mixer at the Grange Restaurant & Bar at The Citizen Hotel.

January: Establishing Yourself as an Expert in Your Field

On Tuesday, January 17, 2012, YPG was invited to Drexel University in downtown Sacramento to participate in ULI YLG’s professional development event “Establishing Yourself as an Expert in Your Field” to hear how established professionals transitioned from technical experts, to managers, to leaders in their respective fields, including James Ray, Principal & President, MacKay & Somps; Richard Rich, Managing Partner, Mosaic Development Partners; and John Taylor, Managing Partner, Taylor and Wiley.


December: Policy in Motion: Transportation Planning in California after AB 32

On Thursday, December 1, 2011, YPG together with ASLA's Emerging Professional's Group, co-hosted an informative event with over 15 young professionals in attendance that explored how recent conversations around transportation policy has transformed. Lauren Michele, a young professional herself, principal, and owner of Policy in Motion was the guest speaker. Ms. Michele collaborates with government agencies and varied stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels to craft and implement transportation plans and regulatory frameworks that work toward community sustainability and people-oriented development. She recently published a book entitled, 'Policy in Motion: Transportation Planning in California after AB 32' that examines California's planning initiatives post-AB 32 and in light of SB 375. Ms. Michele's presentation explored the policy, politics, and changes to state law that are helping to achieve sustainable communities and transportation systems. Photo album and highlights available at the Policy in Motion Facebook page.

September: September Happy Hour: PLAN to be there!

On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, YPG hosted an end-of-the-summer mixer at LEVEL UP in midtown Sacramento, where young planners reconnected and learned more about the new PLAN Sac Valley mentoring program.

June: YPG Summer Mixer

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011, Sacramento's YPG and other Section members braved a Summer rain storm for some summer fun and networking on Kupros Bistro. The Kupros building was originally constructed in 1910 before being transformed into a costume shop and now a one-of-a kind Craftsman architectural style bistro environment with beautiful stain glass interiors.

May: Mixer and Lunchtime Forum with the California Planning Roundtable (CPR)

On Thursday, May 13, 2011, the APA Sac Valley Section YPG had the opportunity to meet and mingle with CPR members and the SVS Board, along with Ken Alex (Director of the Office of Planning & Research) and Cliff Rechtschaffen (Special Advisor to the Governor working on environmental, energy, and climate change issues at the Attorney General's Office) at the Citizen Hotel’s Scandal Bar. Then, on Friday, May 13 the APA Sac Valley Section YPG was invited to the CPR members meeting for a lunchtime discussion regarding partnering opportunities and activities with YPG, including the potential for collaborative involvement with CPR's ‘Reinventing the General Plan Project’ and other mentoring opportunities.

April: A Walking Tour and Panel Discussion "Revitalization of the River District" Street Walking Tour

On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, the APA Sac Valley Section YPG joined other planning and emerging young professional groups for a panel discussion and walking tours featuring the owners, planners, designers, and builders of the landmark projects in the River District.


March: K Street Walking Tour

On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, the APA Sac Valley Section YPG and the Emerging Professional's Group of the American Society of Landscape Architects Sierra Chapter (ASLA EPG) toured K Street and learned about who the City selected to develop the 700 and 800 blocks and what types of uses are planned within the projects. Following the tour, participants networked at the new "mermaid" Dive Bar. Special thanks to tour guides Denise Malvetti and Beth Tincher from the Sacramento Economic Development Department.

February: League of California Cities Headquarters Tour

On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, the YPG was given a tour of the League of California Cities headquarters that highlighted recent renovations to their building to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold Standard for "new construction." While guiding the tour, John McElligott, the League's Technology & Facilities Director, highlited the buildings many sustainable features and explained the building's sustainable site characteristics, efficiency of water use, aspects of energy conservation, recycled materials, reuse of resources, and improvements to indoor environmental quality. After the tour, the YPG networked at Spartaro Restaurant, located within walking distance from the League's headquarters.

January: ULI Sacramento YLG Presents and Hosts APA YPG 2011 Professional Development Series

On January 26, 2011, ULI Sacramento YLG hosted the YPG for a professional development series. "Make yourself indispensable"—as the current national recession continues, and more of our positions, as well as those of our friends and colleagues, are in jeopardy of disappearing, those words have never been more important. The ULI Young Leaders Group presented the 2011 Professional Development topic: Personal Branding: Your Professional Value. Companies have been branding themselves for decades to make their sales easier, because of the expectation based on that brand: it is time you do the same. Josh Pane, President of Pane and Pane Associates, Inc., Elizabeth Brinton, Chief Business and Public Affairs Officer for SMUD, and Scott Syphax, President and CEO of Nehemiah Corporation of America, shared their experiences and value derived from understanding how a personal brand will lead to professional success. At this event, participants were given the opportunity to figure out individual strengths, identify which ones are most valuable, and walk away with the direction to develop and implement a personal branding strategy.


May: Rural-Urban Connections Strategy (RUCS) Presentation




On May 6, 2009, in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Sacramento Valley Section APA CA Young Planners Group Subcommittee meeting, a special presentation was given by David Shabazian on the Rural-Urban Connection Strategy (RUCS). The SACOG RUCS project is a look at the region's growth and sustainability objectives from a rural perspective. In the same way that Blueprint is an economic development strategy for urban areas, the RUCS project will be an economic and environmental sustainability strategy for rural areas.

April: Globe Mills Site Tour

On April 29, 2009 the Sacramento Valley Section APA CA Young Planners Group (YPG) in partnership with the ULI Sacramento Young Leaders Group (YLG) held a program and site tour of the historic Globe Mills project. The program and site tour showcased the public-private partnerships and innovative reuse of the historic Globe Mills site located in the hisotric Alkali Flat neighborhood adjacent to downtown Sacramento. The event included an onsite presentation and panel discussion and a site tour of the redeveloped mill. The program focused on the use of public-private partnerships to overcome obstacles to the financing, adaptive reuse, design, and redevelopment of infill sites. The site tour focused on the innovative design and unique architectural elements that were employed to convert the existing, dilapidated mill into a mixed-use development.

July: Climate Change 101

On July 21, 2009, the Young Planners Group (YPG) hosted a program that provided a brief explanation and overview of climate change issues as they pertain to the planning, development, and environmental fields. The audience was given the opportunity to ask questions for the panelists to address during the presentation. The Climate Change 101 program included five main components:

  • Understanding the basic science of global warming and climate change;
  • Identifying climate change impacts (e.g., coastline erosion, flooding, water supply, infrastructure issues) and adaptation strategies;
  • Understanding climate change legislation;
  • Addressing climate change in planning; and
  • Finding more information to help you address this emerging issue.

On January 30th YPG volunteered at the Franklin Blvd Streetscape Celebration, which was an event highlighting a $450,000 grant that the City of Sacramento recently received from SACOG to conduct a feasibility study on a portion of Franklin Blvd, that would reduce it from four to two lanes, as well as add bicycle lanes, landscaped medians, striped on street parallel parking and many more trees. YPG was on hand at the celebration to talk to the public about the importance of the complete streets and details on the project. Other highlights of the event included keynotes from Councilmember Jay Schenirer and Supervisor Phil Serna.

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