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Board overseeing Elk Grove-El Dorado connector taps new leaders

Elk Grove’s vice mayor and a Folsom City Council member have been named the top two officers of the Capitol Connector Joint Powers Authority board.

Pat Hume of Elk Grove was elected board chair and Jeff Starsky of Folsom was picked vice chair at the board’s December meeting. The board is responsible for a planned 35-mile highway between Interstate 5 in Elk Grove and Highway 50 east of El Dorado Hills.

“The Connector is a critical piece of this region’s future transportation network that will create thousands of jobs and provide huge economic-development benefits. I expect over the next year to see significant progress in moving the project closer to construction,” Hume said in a news release today...
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JPA Meets Again with Ag Stakeholders
 
Connector project representatives in November met with agricultural and land owner stakeholders near the anticipated alignment within eastern Elk Grove and Sacramento County.  The meeting was in follow-up to initial discussions held last summer and was focused on specific design opportunities and obstacles related to access, safety and impact on existing agricultural operations.  Feedback provided in the meeting is being used to develop more specific design options on that part of the Connector alignment.   
Region Builders Transportation Event Draws Large Crowd

In October, more than 100 individuals including many elected officials and representatives of employers, labor organizations and community groups attended an event in Sacramento organized by Region Builders to highlight area transportation needs and funding challenges, with a focus on the Connector

The program featured remarks by Will Kempton, newly appointed executive director of the California Transportation Commission and Sanjay Varshney, Finance professor at Sacramento State, as well as an elected official panel discussion including Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, El Dorado County Supervisor and Connector JPA board member Ron Mikulaco, Folsom City Council Member and Connector JPA board member Jeff Starsky, Rancho Cordova City Council Member and Connector JPA board member David Sander, and Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis. 
 
All speakers emphasized the importance of developing and maintaining high-quality transportation systems in growing the regional economy, and rather than relying on support from the state and federal governments, the reality is that more funding will need to be provided locally for these essential projects. 
 
The gathering is anticipated to be the first of several additional discussions over the next several months about how to get more resources directed to the Connector and other significant regional projects.

 
New Connector Video Released
 
In conjunction with the Region Builders October event, the JPA released a new video highlighting the need for the Connector and its many related transportation and economic-development benefits.  The video features Connector JPA Executive Director Tom Zlotkowski, Folsom City Council Member Steve Miklos and VSP Director of Corporate Services Steve Hibbs.  See the Capital Connections video here: http://www.connectorjpa.net/capitol-connections-video/.
JPA Selects Firm for Folsom-El Dorado County Segment
 
The JPA board at its December meeting authorized the JPA to enter into an agreement with Dokken Engineering for preliminary engineering and environmental documentation services for the Connector segment from Prairie City Road to Latrobe Road.  Work is expected to begin early in 2015 and be completed by the end of the year.
JPA Board Discusses Plan of Finance
 
After its January board meeting, the JPA Board participated in a workshop on the Connector Plan of Finance.  Issues discussed by the JPA Board Members centered around the additional funding required to get Connector segments into construction, including from the JPA jurisdictions.  More information about what will be required financially to get the entire 34-mile alignment into “shovel-ready” status and to get some segments constructed over the next eight years will be discussed in further detail in future JPA meetings.
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