The Urban-Rural Divide Is Not So Divided After All

APA California Chapter


Monday, September 25, 2017
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. PDT

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Despite an urban-rural divide that can be cultural, political, digital, or economic, there is growing appreciation that rural and urban areas have deep, yet often overlooked connections. Beyond the environmental benefits urban areas derive from rural lands, cities are fed by and have myriad jobs related to food and agriculture businesses. A recent SACOG study shows there are actually more urban jobs than rural in the agriculture and food economic cluster. This study and other SACOG work highlight an evolving approach to regional planning and economic development that is both urban and rural. The City of West Sacramento is a prominent example of a community bridging urban and rural by strategically capitalizing on opportunities in agriculture and food. The city is attracting new businesses and supporting civic amenities that facilitate better connections between the community and its rural neighbors. Research and Development, manufacturing, processing, and distribution companies are complemented by five urban farms, farmers' markets and community events that help build career pathways for farmers and food entrepreneurs. A panel of public, private, and non-profit leaders will discuss how West Sacramento developed an identity and achieved success in becoming one of the Sacramento region's main agriculture and food centers.


David Shabazian

David Shabazian serves as Program Manager of SACOG's Rural-Urban Connections Strategy, an unprecedented program that strives to enhance rural economic viability and environmental sustainability through strategies that leverage and enrich the region's agriculture, food systems, and ecosystem services. David is also SACOG?\'s lead on forestry, flood, and ... Read More

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