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12th Annual San Joaquin Valley Policy Conference

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Final Conference Agenda


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About the Conference:  The Annual San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Conference will be hosted by the San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council, representing eight counties within the San Joaquin Valley including Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin.  This forum provides an excellent avenue for our Valley to communicate on regional issues that impact the entire San Joaquin Valley region. Issues such as transportation, air quality and state and federal advocacy for community priorities will be covered at this conference. 


Please join us at our opening event on Wednesday, March 8th with a "Zoofari" VIP reception at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Then you'll enjoy a full day of conference and keynote speakers, breakout sessions and one of three mobile tours on Thursday, March 9th. The day culminates in a "Hunka, Hunka Burning Fun" as we enjoy a taste of the Valley--a large variety of food truck tastings and an evening event with Elvis. Friday, March 10th we continue with speakers and the 8th Annual San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Awards Luncheon. Please see Fresno COG's SJV Policy Conference webpage for the most current list of speakers, tours and breakout sessions. Updates will be made to the page as activities are added and confirmed.



Registration--What’s Included:  Conference registration includes conference materials, breakfast and luncheon fees for March 9th and 10th, your choice of three tours, one ticket to the Hunka Hunka Burning Fun Foodtruck Mixer, plus tickets for end-of-the-day prize drawings! 


Conference registrants may purchase additional evening event tickets for guests through the registration process.


REGISTER HERE Registration is open, sign up today!  


SJV Policy Conference Registration Fees, payable by check, credit card or Paypal. Cancellations will be received and fees refunded through Thursday, March 2, 2017. No fee refunds will be given after that date.:

To February28th March 1-8

Conference Registration    $198 $223

Non-Profit Agency Reps. $158 (20% discount) $178

Elected Officials $125 $140

Students $125 $140

VIP Reception $20

Burning Fun Mixer $15


Evening Events held during the conference:

Zoofari VIP Reception at Fresno's Chaffee Zoo - Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Tickets are $20 per person ($55 value), guests of registrants are welcome. Tickets are included in some sponsor packages. Join us for a VIP reception at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This exclusive event includes a two hour block of time to tour the zoo while it is closed to the public. You'll also enjoy a private sea lion show and food under the Giraffe Gazebo in the new African Safari Exhibit, a commemorative Sea Lion Cove wine glass (provided to all attendees over 21) and two drink tickets. ($55 value)


Hunka Hunka Burning Fun - Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 pm

One ticket is included with each conference registration and as part of some sponsor packages. Additional tickets are $15 each.

Join us for a wide variety of Food Truck Tastings at The Falls Event Center (conference location). We have invited over 10 food truck vendors (all tried and two thumbs up!) that serve BBQ, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Bistro and Asian Fusion dishes as well as a few vendors who will be serving desserts! They will set up tables inside the main conference hall, and you will be welcome to grab sizable tasting plates from each vendor. Additional catered appetizers will be served as well. Then, strap on your blue suede shoes and get ready to be All Shook Up for some old time Elvis tunes with our entertainment for the evening, Elvis Impersonator Extraordinaire, Jeremy Pearce


Hotel Accommodations:  For those travelling into Fresno from out of the area, Fresno COG has reserved two small blocks of rooms at area hotels, adjacent to one another. Transportation to and from the conference venue will be provided free of charge throughout the event. Chose from accomodations at the following hotels at a rate of $149 per night. Individuals may make their own reservations by call the phone numbers listed below, and identifying themselves as members of the Fresno Council of Governments when making the reservation. The block of rooms is available until noon on Friday, February 17, 2017:

  •   >> Homewood Suites by Hilton, 6820 N. Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93710 (block of 30 rooms)  Call 559-440-0801 to make reservations. 

  >> Springhill Suites by Marriott, 6844 N. Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93710 (block of 10 rooms) Call 559-431-0004 to make reservations.



  • No upcoming agendas. Past agendas can be found on our agenda site.



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