Mather Heritage Trail Now Under Construction

On January 26th, the City of Rancho Cordova officially broke ground on the new Mather Heritage Trail. The new bicycle and pedestrian trail stretches from the Mather Field/Mills Light Rail Station to the Mather Commerce Center. The project will include new lighting and landscaping; create a safe, convenient route for pedestrians and bicyclists; and promote alternative transportation methods. Learn more

Comstock's Magazine - Back and Forward: Cyrus Abhar

City Manager of Rancho Cordova, Cyrus Abhar, sat down with Comstock's Magazine to discuss Rancho Cordova's rapid growth and development. The interview addresses questions and topics about the biggest changes in the community and what the future looks like for the City of Rancho Cordova. Read more

916 Ink Program

Students at Mills Middle School released their book of poetry and prose titled, Taking Flight, and became published authors! Along with an inspiring team of awesome youth writers, this was made possible in part due to the 916 Ink Program and the City's Community Enhancement Fund. 

This year, 916 Ink is working with Rancho Cordova schools in three districts. Within Folsom Cordova United School District, the program has worked with students at Mills Middle School and will be working with students at both Cordova High School and Walnutwood High School in the spring. 

City Recognized with Crown Communities Award
The City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County, Mercy Housing California, and Veterans Resource Centers of America (VRC) - have been awarded American City & County magazine's 2017 Crown Communities Award for their efforts in making Mather Veterans Village Phase I a reality. 

Mather Veterans Village provides housing to meet the unique needs of veterans who are homeless and disabled. It took ten years of working with committed partners to find the funding and resources to create a place that offers permanent supportive housing, a place where veterans can feel a sense of pride, a place where they can learn skills to rebuild their lives, and a place where they can lay their head down at night, knowing that a grateful country and community has provided them a place to call home. 

Community Enhancement Fund: Apply for Grants
The next grant application cycle of the Community Enhancement Fund (CEF) opens February 15th, 2018 and interested applicants will have until March 15th, 2018 to submit their application for consideration. 

The City anticipates awarding approximately $1,728,000 in community grants in Fiscal Year 2018/2019. The actual budget may vary based on final approved funding allocations.
Community Grant Types:
  • $952,000, for arts, culture, history, entertainment, and sports
  • $476,000, for education
  • $300,000, for other projects

Business News

The 2018 Rancho Cordova Business Outlook and Economic Forecast demonstrated a positive and optimistic economic projection for the future of Rancho Cordova businesses. We'd like to thank all of the City's new and existing businesses that have set up shop and call Rancho Cordova home! 

With 3,500 businesses and 375 new businesses joining our City in 2017, our Rancho Cordova business community will continue to grow through familiarity with those economic elements supporting local prosperity. 

Region's Largest Office Lease of 2017
Centene Corporation signed the region's largest office lease of 2017, which will bring 1,500 new employees to Rancho Cordova this year. This is another example of the strong business growth we are seeing in the City.  

New Businesses
We'd also like to welcome new businesses that have recently opened at Sunridge Plaza! Bring your pets to  Bark Avenue and take advantage of their pet shot clinic, do-it-yourself dog wash, and pet grooming services. Also, be sure to grab some hot food, snacks, and cold drinks at the new Arco AM/PM that has opened in Sunridge Plaza.

Coming Soon
The City of Rancho Cordova will soon welcome an additional brewery coming to our Barrel District - Ol' Republic Brewery will be opening soon at 11151 Trade Center Drive. Also, Poke Cube has announced that its soft opening will be February 19th at 3161 Zinfandel Drive Suite #4. Follow their Facebook page for more updates.

Applications Open for Rancho Cordova College Promise Program

Rancho Cordova's Class of 2018 will have the opportunity to attend their first year of Folsom Lake College fee-free, thanks to the Folsom Lake College/Rancho Cordova College Promise program. Applications for funding for the 2018-2019 academic year are now being accepted through March 31st, 2018. 

To receive funding, students must be a current resident of the city of Rancho Cordova, graduate from high school or receive a GED during the 2017-18 academic year, and plan to enroll at Folsom Lake College full-time for the Fall 2018 semester. All students who meet these qualifications, regardless of income or high school GPA, and complete the online Promise application during the February 1 - March 31 application window will receive funding for their first semester. Learn more

Sierra Service Project
The Rancho Cordova Beautification Project needs your help! Serve your neighbor with the Sierra Service Project (SSP) the first Saturday of every month! SSP has been leading volunteers through service projects for over 40 years. 

Every volunteer will receive a FREE lunch, t-shirt, and supervision on the job. Service projects include fence repair, chain-link-fence removal, external painting, and yard clean up. Grab a friend, join the team, and together we can help beautify Rancho Cordova!  Register to volunteer

Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame 2018: Nominations
Nomination period for the 2018 Class of the Rancho Cordova Athletic Association (RCAA) Sports Hall of Fame is now open. 

Established to honor outstanding athletic achievements and efforts which have enhanced athletics in Rancho Cordova, the RCAA Sports Hall of Fame will host an official induction ceremony on October 13th, 2018 at Rancho Cordova City Hall, honoring achievement in three categories: Athletes, Coaches, and Heart of a Champion. Nomination form

Sign Up for Sports
Registration is now open for a number of sports teams in Rancho Cordova! 

Tip-off for the new season of the Rancho Cordova Youth Basketball League is right around the corner. You can register right now for Boys and Girls 5th and 6th Grade basketball teams. League games will be played on Saturdays from February through March. Learn More

Registration is also still open for the Lancer Rugby Football Club's youth rugby teams. They will be forming three new teams; an under 10, an under 12 and a middle school team for the upcoming season. Teams will compete in the Rugby NorCal League, which is the second largest state rugby organization in the country. Learn more

Swim team registration for the Blue Marlins and Cordettes begins February 1st for those interested in joining a summer recreational team. Registration is open to boys and girls, beginners as well as experienced swimmers between the ages of 5 and 18. Learn more
Social Media Post of the Month

In the February edition of Fresh News, our social media post of the month is of a lost puppy. After receiving several shares across our social media channels, Animal Services identified the owner. 

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