Rural-Urban Connection Strategies (RUCS)
In the 2012 Economic Sustainability Plan, the Commission identified the rising demand for locally grown food as an opportunity for Delta counties to exploit the proximity of their agricultural regions to the dense urban populations of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, and maximize their potential as agricultural suppliers in a local food system. As a result, the Commission contracted separately with SACOG and the Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development on RUCS projects.
In 2015, the Delta Protection Commission partnered with Contra Costa County to develop an analysis of the agricultural economy in the Delta Primary and Secondary zones of Contra Costa County and to understand what the potential opportunities are to support agriculture.
In 2016, the Delta Protection Commission partnered with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments to develop the Rural-Urban Connection Strategies (RUCS) project. The RUCS is an analysis pioneered by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) to look at a region’s growth and sustainability objectives from a rural perspective, facilitating the development of economic and environmental sustainability strategies for rural areas.