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Documentary Now Available on Amazon and Policy in Motion!

Al Gore may have produced An Inconvenient Truth, but on August 10th Policy in Motion premiered a film documentary depicting the very convenient truth that by investing in better communities we can improve quality of life, economic growth, as well as meet environmental goals. Joined by state agency policymakers and leaders in local implementation, a new conversation began around integrated approaches to fostering sustainable communities through collaboration and innovation. Lauren Michele awarded two student scholarships to interns with Policy in Motion’s Career Development Mentorship Program: UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies Graduate Student Brigitte Driller for her help on the Department of Public Health’s Safe Routes to School “Active Transportation Planning and Funding Guide for Local Policy Makers”; and Met Sacramento High School Senior Jeremy Gray (now at film school in New York!) for his incredible commitment, creativity and joy in Directing Growing Beautiful Communities.

Policy in Motion Pictures Presents… Growing Beautiful Communities.

All Proceeds Go to Student Scholarship Fund:

Growing Beautiful Communities is an independently-produced documentary building upon the themes in Lauren Michele’s book Policy in Motion: Transportation Planning in California after AB 32. Through interviews with policy leaders and planners in transportation and sustainability fields, the film illustrates how the POD (People Oriented Development) concept can be used as a process to not only help California meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals but also to create sustainable communities and beautiful places to live. POD is driven by six main areas explored in the film: Job Growth, Community Schools, Places to Play, Quality Travel, Resource Management, and Housing Diversity. Growing Beautiful Communities depicts how an integrated approach to transportation planning and funding can improve community quality of life while meeting California’s environmental and economic goals.


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Strategic Growth Council Names Mike McCoy New Executive Director, Allison Joe as Deputy Director

Strategic Growth Council Names Mike McCoy New Executive Director, Allison Joe as Deputy Director

Transportation Expert McCoy Will Take the Helm Oct. 15

SACRAMENTO – The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) today announced the appointment of Mike McCoy as its new executive officer and Allison Joe as deputy director. McCoy joins SGC from the University of California, Davis where he was the director of the Urban Land Use and Transportation Research Center, responsible for teams working in the fields of land use, transportation, conservation, economics, and equity studies. Joe was most recently a senior planner at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.

Over a 35-year career, McCoy has focused on modeling and forecasting urban growth, transportation systems use, and environmental impacts including land, air, water and land use decisions.  He is a founder of the University of California, Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources Program, the Information Center for the Environment at U.C. Davis, and the Urban Land Use and Transportation Center (ULTRANS) at U.C. Davis.

Allison Joe’s responsibilities at OPR included coordinating statewide efforts related to land use and environmental policy and implementation of statewide and regional planning efforts. She also staffed the chair of the Strategic Growth Council. Allison has nearly 15 years of experience in the planning field, having worked in government and the private sector. She holds a Master of Planning from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

The SGC is comprised of the agency secretaries for Natural Resources, Cal/EPA, Business, Transportation, and Housing, and Health and Human Services; the director of the Office of Planning and Research; and a public member. It coordinates state agency action to improve air and water quality, protect natural resources and agricultural lands, increase the availability of affordable housing, promote public health, improve transportation, encourage greater infill and compact development, revitalize community and urban centers, assist state and local entities in the planning of sustainable communities, and promote efforts to address climate change.

For more information on the Strategic Growth Council, please visit