This is NOT the executive director -- It's a newsletter take-over! You might expect that Ross is on vacation in the middle of summer, unless you know him well. Then you would remember, he doesn't take days off. He is currently in Davis with our newest Loan Officer James Schaeffer getting training on the USDA Intermediary Revolving Loan program, which we've been working with for years, and the Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program, which will be a new product for us. He'll also be doing some presenting on partnerships -- something that is part of AEDC's core values.

While Ross is working on strengthening the foundation of our own organization, AEDC remains committed to being a leader in Economic Development in Humboldt County. We have been thrilled to participate in economic development opportunities afforded by the County through last month's EPIC Conference and RREDC's hosting of the CALED Rural Exchange -- both of which you can read about below. We're even more excited about our discussions to pull all of our efforts together next year into a regional conference.

So, enjoy this month's newsletter. Next month, we'll get Ross's handsome mug back on the front page.

Happy Summer!

Susan Seaman, Program Director