California Strategic Growth Council

California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) brings together agencies and departments within Business, Consumer Services and Housing, Transportation, Natural Resources, Health and Human Services, Food and Agriculture, and Environmental Protection, with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research to coordinate activities that support sustainable communities emphasizing strong economies, social equity and environmental stewardship. For more information about the SGC, please visit the About Us page.


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The Strategic Growth Council is pleased to invite you to the Transformative Climate Communities Stakeholder Summit on February 10, 2017 from 9:30 am – 4:30pm at the California Health and Human Services Agency East End Complex in Sacramento. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by February 3, 2017. For details and registration information click here.


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Join our Team! We are hiring for positions to support the ongoing work of the Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program and the new Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program. These positions support program development, implementation, outreach and evaluation.

  • TCC Program Manager – At least 5 years of experience managing complex multiagency programs.
  • TCC Senior Project Analyst - Masters level experience in policy development and state or local implementation of one or more of the following areas: clean transportation, affordable housing, energy efficiency, clean energy, urban greening, natural resources and waste diversion, and/or greenhouse gas quantification. (will consider Assistant, Associate, and Senior Intergovernmental Program Analyst or equivalent)
  • AHSC Analyst

All positions are full-time, based in Sacramento, and are open until filled.  Please send a resume and cover letter indicating interest in a specific position to At this time, a STD 678 application is not required.  For more details please visit the opportunities bulletin.

Published: January 6, 2017

The new deadline for proposals for the SCPGIP Best Practices Pilot has been extended to February 9th.

An application information webinar for the program will be held on January 12th from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

To watch the recording of the webinar click here.
SCPGIP Best Practices Application Information Session Slides

The webinar will provide applicants with an overview of the purpose and objectives of the program, application components, as well as ample time for questions. Webinar materials will be posted shortly.

If you have questions or concerns please send them to

Published: Updated: January 12, 2017

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You are invited to participate in the Strategic Growth Council’s (SGC) Lessons Learned Workshops to reflect on the 2016 round of the Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program.

During the workshops, AHSC Program staff will facilitate roundtable discussions on a variety of aspects of the program, including the guidelines and application process, with the aim of gathering input to improve the program in future rounds. SGC looks forward to hearing your feedback and suggestions during these sessions, which will be held in Merced, Oakland and Long Beach this December.

Please register for the workshops click on the image to view the workshop notice in detail, or click here.


The Strategic Growth Council is pleased to invite your review of proposed regulations, the first phase in implementing Assembly Bill 2722 (Burke, 2016). AB 2722 created the Transformative Climate Community Program (Program) to be administered by the Council. This proposed action is the first of several to implement the Program. Specifically, this action specifies a portion of total program funds for applications from specific geographic locations. The Council will establish program guidelines and selection criteria in a future rulemaking.

The Proposed Regulation and Initial Statement of Reasons are available on the Transformative Climate Communities Program page. Please submit all comments by November 7, 2016, to The Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposal on November 7, 2016, in the City of Fresno. Details on the hearing are included in the Notice of Proposed Action, which is available at:


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The SGC in collaboration with the following agencies: Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, California Natural Resources Agency, California State Transportation Agency, California Health and Human Services Agency, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Governor's Office of Planning and Research are proud to release a draft vision document, "Vibrant Communties and Landscpes," aims to help CA meet its climate change goals.

The documents below are currently open for public comment through 5:00 pm on September 28, 2016. Written comments can be submitted here: - see "Submit Comments" link on the right side of the page.


PRESS RELEASE-August 9, 2016
SALC Program Preserves Ag Land for Climate Benefits

In Its Second Year, Cap-and-Trade Funded SALC Program Commits $37.4 Million to Shield Agricultural Land from Development


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SGC Council Meeting will be held on August 9, 2016
1001 I Street | Sacramento, CA 95812 | Sierra Hearing Room | 1-4pm


2016 SGC Annual Report
Strategic Growth Council Staff are pleased to share the 2016 Annual Report to the Legislature with stakeholders.  The report shares important updates for our grant programs and initiatives.  If you have any questions please contact Strategic Growth Council Staff at


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SGC June 28th Council Meeting has been Cancelled
The June 28 Council meeting has been cancelled due to ongoing budget conversations at the Capitol.  The next Council meeting will be held, August 9th.


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SGC Council Meeting will be held on April 11, 2016
1001 I Street | Sacramento, CA 95812 | Byron Sher Auditorium | 1-4pm


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SGC and HCD announce the FY 2015-16 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and Application for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program.


A copy of the NOFA is available at Application access is available through the Financial Application Assistance Statewide Tool (FAAST): (search for 2015-16 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program.)

Concept proposals are due via the FAAST system by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, March 16!

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2015-2016 AHSC and SALC Final Program Guidelines have been posted.


The Final 2015-16 Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities Program Guidelines, including final GHG Quantification Methodology, can be found here.

The FY 2015-16 SALC Program, grant application forms, and supporting material have been posted. Please click here for all the materials.

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Regional Conservation Assessments in California

SGC has released the Review of California Conservation Lands data platform to inform conservation and development planning decisions. The platform integrates 121 regional conservation assessments, which describe and map selected, science-based conservation values, providing valuable information for regional planning efforts and the implementation of statewide planning goals. Click the map to access the data visualizer.

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