Economic Strategy Agencies

Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF)

The Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) is a program administered by the State of California, with a goal to disperse $600M in general funds to regions across California. The program seeks to build an equitable and sustainable economy as well as foster long-term economic resilience as the state transitions to a carbon-neutral economy.

CERF will be executed in two phases. The first phase is the Planning Phase. The State has designated which counties will work together, constituting a total of 13 regions. Each of the 13 regions receive $5 million to establish a “High Road Transition Collaborative.”  These collaboratives will include a diverse group of stakeholders who will develop a regional economic plan and identify projects to support in the second phase. The second phase is the Implementation Phase in which the remaining funds (upwards of $500M) will be awarded to projects that are supported by the Collaborative. Valley Vision has been selected by the State as the Sacramento region convener.

Valley Vision, located in the Sacramento area is a civic leadership organization dedicated to improving the livability of the Sacramento region through research, action, and collaboration. Their work is guided by a triple-bottom line approach of equity, sustainability, and economic prosperity. Community Economic Resilience Fund - Valley Vision – Sacramento. Valley Vision’s role as the Regional Convener and Fiscal Agent means they are responsible for forming an inclusive Collaborative; ensuring deliverables and outcomes are met and managing and distributing the $5 million fund.

Contact Information for Valley Vision: 

3400 3rd Avenue, Sacramento, CA  95817



Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy "CEDS" is a roadmap for regional economic development planning. The intention is to build community resilience and diversify the regional economy. The CEDS brings together public, private and philanthropic sectors and the document is required to qualify for future funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and other agencies.

Nevada County is part of the Sierra Economic Development District which includes El Dorado, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties. The goal of the current CEDS is to codify a regional strategy to advance prosperity and improve quality of life in communities that are primarily rural and socio-economically and ecologically diverse.

The current CEDS has five primary goals including: catalyze economic diversification, support human capital by facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship, promote inclusive economic development by expanding broadband infrastructure, build community resilience to natural disaster and extreme weather events and protect natural capital by advancing forest health and biomass opportunities. The goals were established through a process of community outreach, research and validation. The CEDS is currently being updated and community members can weigh in through an online survey that will inform updated goals and strategic direction.

Contact Information for Sierra Business Council

10183 Truckee Airport Road, #202, Truckee CA  96161

PO Box 2048, Truckee, CA  96160


Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC)

RCRC was founded more than 40 years ago to represent California’s small, rural counties on issues that are unique to them. Founded in 1972, RCRC works with its membership to advocate on behalf of rural issues at the state and federal levels. RCRC provides the rural county perspective on a myriad of issues during the legislative and regulatory process, including land use, water and natural resources, housing, transportation, wildfire protection policies, and health and human services. The core of RCRC’s mission is to improve the ability of small, rural California county government to provide services by reducing the burden of state and federal mandates and promoting a greater understanding among policy makers about the unique challenges that face California's small population counties.

Contact Information for RCRC

1215 K Street, Suite 1650, Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 447-4806