2012 Blueprint Awards - Darrel Hildebrand Blueprint Leadership Award

The 2012 Darrel Hildebrand
Blueprint Leadership Award

Bill Spriggs, Past Chairman, San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council 


330 Van Ness Cottages

Bill Spriggs held a leadership role in all phases and levels of the Blueprint planning process.  As Mayor of Merced, he was supportive of Smart Growth principles as he evaluated development proposals that came before him for approval.  Then Mayor Spriggs’ full support of the Blueprint planning process during its early stages paved the way for others to join the initiative as it embraced a regional, cooperative and integrated approach to land use and transportation planning.

As a member and Chair of the Merced County Association of Governments Policy Board, he provided direction as that agency led the Blueprint program management for the eight Valley Regional Planning Agencies during the first phase of the planning process.  In addition, Mr. Spriggs promoted the Blueprint Smart Growth Planning Principles and Merced’s commitment to them as he participated in Merced’s One Voice advocacy visits to Sacrament and Washington DC.

As a member and Chair of the San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council, then Mayor Spriggs provided an encouraging voice to promote the Blueprint process as well as the principles that were adopted by the Council on April 1, 2009.  He had the leadership qualities necessary to keep the process on track during some rather challenging moments.  He did not shy away from expressing his views on why the Valley needed to think and act more collaboratively as it faced the challenges of growth in a region that also needed to address economic, environmental and demographic issues.

Civic Involvement

  • Past President, 1994-95, Merced Rotary Club
  • Past Board Member, Merced College Foundation
  • Chairperson, Project Area Committee, Redevelopment Agency of Merced, 1990-2001
  • Council Member, Merced City Council, 2001 to 2009
  • Mayor, City of Merced, 2009 to present
  • Board Member, Merced County Association of Governments, 2003 to Present
  • Board Chair, Merced County Association of Governments, 2006-2007
  • Board Member, San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council
  • Member, Merced Elks Lodge #1240

Bill Spriggs was the leader the Valley needed at a time when regional planning was just taking shape.  He exemplified Darrel Hildebrand’s leadership qualities in his manner and in his accomplishments in seeing the Blueprint through to its adoption. 

Bill is a lifelong resident of the San Joaquin Valley, born in Madera and raised in Merced. Bill attended public schools in Merced and Merced College.  He received a B.A. in Political Science from CSU Chico in 1974. Bill is self employed as a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.