Hello -- I've taken Ross's space this month because I'm so excited to share something with you. For the past three years, several partners in the economic development community have had a vision to host a truly regional economic development conference and engage our redwood coast neighbors in important dialogue about shared economic opportunities and challenges. It is finally happening in October, and while our vision was for an in-person conference, we pivoted early to build an engaging and inspiring virtual experience.

Future Forward, the 2021 Redwood Coast Region Economic Summit, October 21-22 is right around the corner! I am so excited to soon be joining business owners, economic development professionals and community leaders throughout Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino Counties for a chance to participate in conversations on how we can cultivate a thriving economy in the Redwood Coast Region. Speakers include Julian Mocine-McQueen, a Ferndale resident who moved to San Francisco to start the Million Person Project in San Francisco. Today, he and his team help organizations learn how to tell their stories. We'll also hear from Ish Herrera and Patrick Atwater from California Forward who will talk about the value of regional collaboration and the California Dream Index, a quality of life measurement of prosperity. Kate Lancaster from Humboldt State University will address a green and regenerative economy. And, we'll finish the day with Senator Mike McGuire who will lead a panel discussion, "The Economy of the North Coast: Present Day Drivers and the Booms of Tomorrow.

Be sure to register for the conference by Monday, October 11th so you can get our amazing swag bag, including a comprehensive and beautiful program with economic highlights from across the region, a book from Keynote speaker Julian Mocine-McQueen about how to tell your organization or community story, plus snacks representing each county and more!

Susan Seaman