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Mike McCoy named Executive Director of California's Strategic Growth Council

Transportation expert McCoy will take the helm on October 15th...

SACRAMENTOThe Strategic Growth Council (SGC) today announced the appointment of Mike McCoy as its new executive director. McCoy joins the SGC from the University of California at Davis where he serves as director of the Urban Land Use and Transportation Center within the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), responsible for research teams working on issues in the fields of land use, transportation, conservation, economics, and equity studies.

Over his 35-year career at UCD, Mr. McCoy's efforts have focused on modeling and forecasting urban growth, transportation systems use and environmental impacts including air, water and land use decisions. He was founding director of University Extension's Land Use and Natural Resources (LUNR) Program, the Information Center for the Environment (ICE), and the Urban Land Use and Transportation Center (ULTRANS).

The council also annouced the appointment of Allison Joe as Deputy Director of the SGC. Ms. Joe comes from Governor’s Office of Planning and Research where she serves as senior planner, coordinating statewide efforts related to land use and environmental policy, and implementing statewide and regional planning efforts. In addition, she served as key staff to the Strategic Growth Council's Chairperson. Allison has nearly 15 years of experience in the planning field, having worked in government and the private sector.

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.

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