The Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) to Distribute Funds Locally

The Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) is a state-wide program to promote a sustainable and equitable recovery from the economic distress of COVID-19. CERF will distribute funds across thirteen regions to support inclusive planning and implementation of projects to identify and create accessible, high-quality jobs in sustainable industries as the State transitions to a carbon neutral economy.

North Coast Opportunities (NCO) is responsible for community outreach for the Redwood Region which consists of Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino Counties and Tribal Lands. Our region’s CERF initiative is called Redwood Region RISE (Resilience Inclusive Sustainable Economy) and residents from Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino counties and Tribal Lands are invited to participate in our first upcoming regional community conversations.

The purpose of these community meetings is to provide an overview of what CERF is and how the CERF planning grant may support local, county, and regional economies. The goal is to listen and learn what barriers and opportunities are seen in each county, to record those priorities and then bring forward as a whole region.

When contacted, Roseanne Ibarra, NCO Director of Community Wellness commented, “CERF is providing an opportunity for Counties, municipalities, businesses and Tribes to assess where they might be in respect to economic development over the next ten years and to have a sound understanding of what resources are available or will be needed to achieve their economic goals.” Ms. Ibarra added, “It’s imperative that the Redwood Region and the State of California secure input and feedback from persons from all demographics so that the voices and responses reflect citizens from every walk of life.”

Del Norte County’s meeting will be held at Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Nation, located at 12801 Mouth of Smith River Road, Smith River, CA on September 25 from 5:30-7:30pm. The Zoom registration link is: https://bit.ly/48oLDge

Humboldt County’s meeting will be held at Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria, located at 266 Keisner Road, Loleta, CA on September 26 from 5:30-7:30pm. The Zoom registration link is: https://bit.ly/44NyESg

Lake County’s meeting will be held at Middletown Art Center, located at 21456 CA-175, Middletown, CA on September 27 from 5:30-7:30pm. The Zoom registration link is: https://bit.ly/3ECwNoE

Mendocino County’s meeting will be held at North Coast Opportunities Large Conference Room, located at 413 North State Street, Ukiah, CA on September 28 from 5:30-7:30pm. The Zoom registration link is: https://bit.ly/3PeFrOT

Stipends and gift cards will be available based on eligibility. For more information about getting involved, please contact RISEoutreach@ncoinc.org We look forward to hearing from you!

Please learn more about Redwood Region RISE’s CERF Initiative here: https://bit.ly/Redwood-RISE

NCO is the Community Action Agency that serves Lake and Mendocino Counties, as well as parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte, and Solano Counties. NCO reacts and adjusts to community needs, including disaster response and recovery.

For more information visit www.ncoinc.org or call (707) 467-3200.

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