Issue 22 | November 2021
CA Economic Summit: A Regional Framework
The North State Together team attended the 2021 California Economic Summit where public, private, and nonprofit leaders re-committed to help regional economies across the state and put a spotlight on crucial issues such as broadband, education, and housing. “What defines this conference is this bottom-up notion to regionalization framework. This notion of collaboration and partnerships,” said Governor Newsom who spoke at the event. “You’re not just dreamers. You’re doers. You’re on the ground region by region.” North State Together is our region's network of cross-sector partners (aka our 'doers') who come together in five counties to strengthen educational outcomes from cradle to career for ALL in far Northern California.
Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF)
A hot topic at this year's California Economic Summit was the recent passage of the historic Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF). The $600-million one-time federal American Rescue Plan Act allocation passed earlier this year is crucial to ensuring that the North State has the ability to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic equitably and sustainably. Working with our regional partner North State Planning & Development Collective with the help of North State Together will work to ensure that our far northern California counties receive the support they need to build a better future for all. Stay tuned for future collaborative discussions facilitated by our lead agency North State Planning & Development Collective.
Regional Economic Development Receives Major Boost in...

California's regions received a big economic boost last week with the Legislature's approval of the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF). Supported by a $600 million one-time federal American Rescue Plan Act allocation, CERF will allow...

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California Cradle to Career Coalition
The California Cradle to Career Coalition (C2C) advocates for policies that build the cradle to career movement and create long-lasting community solutions that benefit everyone. North State Together is proud to be the newest member to the coalition representing our far Northern California region. The C2C coalition was formed to build on the coordinated services and collective impact work of California’s Promise Neighborhoods and StriveTogether Networks such as North State Together. From prenatal care through college or career, our C2C coalition works to build and expand coordinated and integrated education, social service, workforce development and neighborhood development programs and services in neighborhoods and regions to better serve children and families. Through a process of shared community vision, evidence-based decision making, collaborative action, investment and sustainability, the C2C model has also proven to be crucial to helping families and communities recover from the pandemic recession.

The C2C coalition held our first in-person event since the pandemic the day proceeding the CA Economic Summit. The day-long strategic planning session focused around the expansion of the cradle to career data-driven integrated service delivery model throughout California. As we look into the future, cradle to career partnerships such as North State Together with our five county networks Reach Higher ShastaExpect More TehamaAdvancing Modoc YouthTrinity Together Cradle to Career Partnership, and Cradle to Careers for Siskiyou are in the best position to identify the highest needs within our region and have the capacity and trusted relationships within our communities to align, coordinate, leverage, and enhance services provided by state and local government, community-based organizations, non-profits, businesses and other entities active in our communities and we have the backbone support to help our network partners to accomplish systems change.
Broadband for All in Far Northern California
Jason Schwenkler, Director of North State Planning & Development Collective and North State Together Advisory Board member, led a focus group on Bridging the Digital Divide at the CA Economic Summit. Equitable access to broadband has become one of the most critical issues facing the state in the transition to remote learning, working, and health care services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Building upon a successful coalition advocacy effort for a $6 billion once-in-a-generation investment, the work group will pivot to supporting the implementation efforts of regional broadband consortia.

The regional consortia throughout the state have established a strong foundation for progress and will be critical to the successful implementation of the new $6 billion allocation for infrastructure. The regional consortia will be active players in advancing broadband solutions tailored to their unique demographics, geographies, and organizational structures. North State Together has dedicated staff devoted to the regional broadband consortia servicing our North State region. The Northeastern California Connect Consortia (NECC) is composed of members from Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, and Tehama Counties and is focused on improving broadband availability and performance within its region through information sharing, assessment of current broadband performance, incorporation of broadband into local government planning and procedures, developing partnerships and collaborating to generate broadband infrastructure proposals, generating strategic broadband plans, and recommending policies for broadband expansion. The NECCC will seek to leverage multiple broadband activities with resources to expand the coverage and quality of broadband in the region.
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Dr. Robert Eyler's Economic Overview of the North Far North

Did you miss Dr. Eyler's Economic Overview & Recovery recent presentation for the Northern Region? Recording now available!

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Data Strategy Drop-In Sessions
Do spreadsheets, graphs, and data have you feeling overwhelmed? Don't be afraid! North State Together's data team offers data coaching and Do spreadsheets, graphs, and data have you feeling overwhelmed? Don't be afraid! North State Together's Director of Technology and Data Strategies offers data coaching and consulting services to help our county network collective impact teams drive systematic change across their county and the North State region. The weekly drop-in sessions are meant to be an informal place to come and ask your data questions without fear! Come ask impromptu or random questions or let us know ahead of time, and we can prepare coaching topics based on our most frequent requests from partners or customize the drop-in call to meet your county collective networks needs and goals. These free drop-ins are open to anyone on steering or subcommittees for Reach Higher ShastaExpect More TehamaAdvancing Modoc YouthTrinity Together Cradle to Career Partnership, or Cradle to Careers for Siskiyou

To obtain the Zoom link contact your county network coordinator or email nst@shastacollege.edu

Upcoming Drop-Ins
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 9:00 am. To 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Brought to you by North State Together's Director of Technology and Data Strategies, James Crandall.