Valley Voice is a coalition of elected officials and COG staff throughout the San Joaquin Valley who travel to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. annually to present issues of regional significance to federal and state legislators. Coordination is led by the Valley Legislative Affairs Committee (VLAC), which is comprised of one staff member from the eight COGs which make up the San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council.
State Program - Sacramento
The Valley Voice delegation will be at our state capitol on March 7, 2018 to advocate on behalf of the San Joaquin Valley. View the 2018 State Legislative platform and the March 7 itinerary for the group.
The Valley Voice delegation will be in our nation's capitol on September 12-13, 2018 to advocate on behalf of the San Joaquin Valley. View the 2018 Regional Priorities Summary and the press release for the trip.
Annual Policy Conference
The Annual San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Conference is a forum that 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 are discussed at this annual conference. The 13th Annual Policy Conference was held May 9-11, 2018 in Modesto. The conference was hosted and organized by the Stanislaus Council of Governments and included great speakers, workshops, MPO Family Feud, great food and more. Next year's Annual Policy Conference will be hosted by the Madera County Transportation Commission.