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Sierra Business Council May 2017

If this epic winter caused any sort of lull in Sierra activity, it's certainly over now! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and SBC and the Sierra alike are busting with news, events, and announcements. 

Below you'll find exciting news regarding the Lake Tahoe Water Trail, upcoming events for Sierra entrepreneurs, an update on Cap and Trade funding in the Sierra, and finally an exciting announcement regarding SBC leadership. 
SBC Assists Collaborative Effort to Launch New Tahoe Trail System

We have some great Lake Tahoe Water Trail news! In order to help paddlers have a safe a fun adventure this summer, educational wayfinding signage will be installed at 10 trailheads along the 72-mile Lake Tahoe Water Trail.  The signs - six funded by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and Placer County, two by Nevada Division of Wildlife, and two by the City of South Lake Tahoe - feature vital water safety and weather information, aquatic invasive species prevention and resource conservation tips, a mapped paddle route with GPS coordinates, campgrounds, and public launch/landing sites.

While the need for educational signage and a designated trailhead system to connect public launch/landing sites was identified in 2007 by the collaborative Lake Tahoe Non-Motorized Boat Working Group of public/private stakeholders, it took a decade to launch - and SBC!

Under SBC management, the new water trail signage and water safety brochure help recreation providers, resource managers, and emergency medical responders to educate paddlers, and to develop operational strategies to improve public access, facilities, safety, and stewardship.  Click here to learn more!
Business Basics Workshop for Truckee/Tahoe Entrepreneurs from the  Sierra Small Business Development Center

Sierra SBDC will be bringing a Business Basics course to Truckee this summer for established businesses and start ups who want to learn more about how to run a successful business. Topics will include cash flow management, marketing and branding, financial management, and access to capital. Eligible businesses will graduate from the course with the opportunity to pursue low-cost, flexible financing through the Town of Truckee's Community Development Block Grant loan program

Please email Jess Carr if you are interested in learning more about this exciting workshop.
SBC Expands Leadership Team to Advance Policy and Sustainable Economic Development Goals in the Sierra

SBC is excited to announce the appointment of Kerri L. Timmer to Vice President, Climate and Energy and Kristin York to Vice President, Business Innovation and SBDC Director, joining Suzie Cordero in her role as Vice President, Finance and Operations. 

Kerri Timmer
Kerri Timmer
Kristin York
Kristin York
Timmer and York replace Greg Jones who left SBC for a position in the public sector. As Vice President, Climate and Energy, Timmer will be responsible for overseeing and administering SBC's growing climate, energy and government affairs programs, as well as internal staff development. Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (CAMP) Program Director, Diana Madson will step into Timmer's former role of Government Affairs Director. As Vice President, Business Innovation and SBDC Director, York will oversee business development and access to capital programs through the Sierra Small BusinessDevelopment Center (SBDC), which offers no-cost consulting and training programs designed to help existing and new businesses thrive.  

Each will coordinate on strategic planning and programmatic direction with SBC President, Steve Frisch, and the Board of Directors. Click here to learn more about SBC staff!
From the SBC Blog: 
How it's Looking for Our Region: An Update to State of Cap and Trade Funding in the Sierra

Today, Sierra CAMP published an updated State of Cap and Trade Funding in the Sierra fact sheet to  reflect 2016 funding

Many of the agencies administering funds from the GGRF for the 2016-2017 distribute on two-year cycles. Our report looks at the first half of that cycle, the 2016 awarded grants, and as such 2017 funds are not reflected. However, our fact sheet provides insight into the funding trajectory, showing that not much has changed since the 2014-2015 cycle; Sierra communities are still underfunded compared to other regions. 

Revenue generated from sales of cap-and-trade emissions permits is restricted to achieving GHG emission reductions and dedicated to the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF). While GGRF funding to the Sierra Nevada is currently limited, without it Sierra communities lose critical access to potential funding for carbon sequestration and forest restoration with multiple co-benefits for the surrounding communities. 

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