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Join LGHN on May 26 from 9:00am to 10:30am (PST) for a panel discussion with economic development experts about implementing strategies to successfully administer small business assistance programs to help support your local economies. You will hear from local government officials in Northern California about best practices and lessons learned in the development of business recovery programs. The panelists will review commercial rent relief, shop local gift card campaigns, and recovery grant programs as well as regional marketing strategies. The panel will also discuss administrative programming challenges they faced and how each jurisdiction navigated solutions to address the unique needs of their business communities.

Moderator: Hazel Wetherford, Economic Development Director, City of Dublin, CA

• Michelle Stephens, Program Director, California Association for Local Economic Development
• Marie Suvansin, Economic Development Manager, City of Concord, CA
• Adam Van de Water, Innovation & Economic Development Director, City of Livermore, CA
• Tracy Farhad, President & CEO, Visit Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau