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San Joaquin Valley lands $4 million grant for planning

A partnership of agencies in the San Joaquin Valley today landed a $4 million grant aimed at smart planning for an expected growth wave, U.S. housing officials announced.

The collaborative “Smart Valley Places” was one of only two applicants in California to receive money, with $1.5 million going to a similar effort in the Sacramento area.

The valley’s eight counties – San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern – joined in the land-breaking coalition. About 4 million people live in the San Joaquin Valley, which is expected to house more than 9 million by 2050.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a combined $100 million to 45 regions throughout the United States in today’s grants.

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