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    Name: Spring Economic Summit
    Date: April 15, 2021
    Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM PDT
    Event Description:

    Spring Regional Economic Summit: Thursday, April 15, 2021 (Virtual Event)

    Resilient North State!  A look at Wildfire Resiliency Efforts, Land Use Planning and More.


    Hear from leading agencies on the forefront of resiliency efforts. Learn about best practices and innovative programs happening across the North State.


    Who Should Attend? Anyone interested in the resiliency of the North State is welcome! Representatives from industry, education and government encouraged to attend.


    AGENDA (as of 3/23/2021)

    9:00 a.m.:  Welcome and Sponsor Thanks by Jason Schwenkler, Executive Director, North State Planning and Development Collective, California State University, Chico


    9:10 a.m.  Opening Remarks by Dr. Gayle Hutchinson, President, California State University, Chico


    9:20-10:35: Panel 1:  Collaboration is Key: Agencies Dedicated to Wildfire Resiliency

    1. Hannah Hepner, Program Manager, Plumas County Fire Safe Council
    2. Calli-Jane DeAnda, Executive Director, Butte Fire Safe Council
    3. Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network Program, presented by Nick Goulette, Executive Director, The Watershed Center
    4. Dan Efseaff, General Manager, Paradise Recreation and Park District
    5. Thad Walker, Executive Director, Butte County Resource Conservation District


    10:40-10:50 Q&A (10 min)


    BREAK:  10:50-11 BREAK


    11:00- 12:15 Panel 2: Wildfire Resiliency Policy, Legislation and Planning

    1. Wildfire Resiliency Policy and the link to Economic Development presented by  Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council
    2. Camp Fire Regional Economic Impact Analysis Summary presented by Chelsea Irvine, Community Resource Manager, 3CORE Economic Development
    3. The Economic Development Resiliency & Recovery Playbook RFQ  presented by Michelle Stephens, Program Director, California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED)
    4. Legislative Update from Staci Heaton, Senior Regulatory Affairs Advocate,
      Rural County Representatives of California
    5. Dan Tomascheski, VP, Timber Resources, Sierra Pacific Industries


    12:15-12:25 Q&A


    12:30-1:45  Educating for a Resilient Future

    1. Upskill California—The California Utility Line Clearance Arborist Training Program, presented by Annie Rafferty, Butte College The Training Place
    2. Eli Goodsell, CSU Chico Ecological Reserves 
    3. The HELO Program (Heavy Equipment Logging Operations), presented by Becky Roe, Senior Project Coordinator,  Shasta College Economic & Workforce Development; Zane Peterson, Peterson Timber and graduate Sabrina Cantu
    4. Program Update from Jon Dvorak, Campus Forest Health and Fuels Coordinator, Feather River College
    5. Investing in a Resilient North State: Kristy Lanham, Community Relations Manager, Sierra Pacific Industries


    1:45-1:55  Q&A1:55 Closing

    Virtual only.
    Date/Time Information:
    April 15, 2021
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