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Grand Boulevard wins major federal planning grant

The Grand Boulevard Initiative has received a $1.1 million federal planning grant under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Challenge Planning and U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER II grant program. The Initiative was one of 33 projects to receive the grants among nearly 700 applications. The GBI won funding for its proposal: “Grand Boulevard Initiative: Removing Barriers to Sustainable Communities.” This award will fund several activities:

  • Designing El Camino Real as a “Complete Street”: fund and conduct case studies to implement the Initiative’s multimodal vision for the road.
  • ECHO Phase II: perform four economic development case studies along the corridor to assess development opportunities, diagram current and proposed changes, and create an implementation action guide.
  • Infrastructure Needs Assessment and Financing Strategy: assess current capacity of infrastructure along the corridor and investigate financing mechanisms to fund improvements.
Read the news release.


MTC awards Grand Boulevard a climate initiatives grant

GBI also received $1.5 million under the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Climate Initiatives Innovative Grant Program for its effort to reduce single-passenger vehicle trips: “Making the Last Mile Connection.” This program is a collaboration of SamTrans, the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County C/CAG, the County of San Mateo, the City of Redwood City and the Peninsula Congestion Relief Alliance. It will implement a suite of transportation demand management (TDM) strategies in Redwood City, including:

  • Car sharing
  • Short-distance vanpools
  • Telework and flex-schedules
  • Targeted residential and employer/employee marketing

In addition, bike sharing and electric vehicle charging stations will be included in the project area.

Read more about the program.


ECHO Study underway for Grand Boulevard

The first phase of the Economic and Housing Opportunities Assessment (ECHO) study for the Grand Boulevard project is underway with a broad look at the economic impact of existing development along the corridor and the potential associated with future redevelopment. Funded by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG), the primary tasks in Phase I were to provide:

  • Estimates of potential growth on corridor
  • Examples of transformational projects
  • Economic and other benefits of infill development

Analysis thus far indicates that conversion of the current low-value commercial property prevalent along the road to dense, well designed mixed-use and housing could be economically beneficial to the jurisdictions along the Grand Boulevard. While further work is needed to validate the findings, the data is encouraging and reinforces the vision that the corridor is an appropriate location for intensified housing and job growth.

For more on the ECHO Study, click here.


FERC commissioner to headline 2011 Energy Symposium Jan. 12

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Philip D. Moeller will deliver keynote remarks at the 2011 Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium next month in Sunnyvale. Organized by Joint Venture, the symposium brings together participants from the public and private sectors and from the academic and research communities. The event takes place at AMD Commons in Sunnyvale on Wednesday, January 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Click here to register.


Article of the Month – “The ‘Feds’ Actually Listening to Cities, Regions”

(Washington Post Writers Group)

Neal Peirce says President Obama’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities is a bottoms-up approach that has been a boon to regional urban development, transportation and environment protection. He cites Joint Venture’s Grand Boulevard Initiative as one such project to benefit from communities working together.
Peirce, a founder of the National Journal and former political editor of the Congressional Quarterly, will be a keynote speaker at Joint Venture’s 2011 State of the Valley conference.

Read the article here
To register for State of the Valley, click here.


Spotlight: Kelly Kline, City of Cupertino

Growing up in King City, Kelly Kline learned at a young age that she had a more altruistic outlook than most in the small Salinas Valley town.
From her rural roots, Kline pursued a TV news career briefly before discovering a passion for business development in her local community. Today she is Manager of Economic Development and Redevelopment for the City of Cupertino and she chairs the Silicon Valley EDA, a Joint Venture initiative.
It all goes back to the pigs she raised in the 4-H Club.

Read her full profile here.
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