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CALED Rural Economic Development Exchange

January 21, 2020 Rural Exchange:

The Rural Economic Development Exchange will be held in Sacramento on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, Sacramento.


8:00 am   Check-in, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

8:30 am   Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Michelle Stephens, CALED
  • Robert Meyer, Employment Training Panel
  • Tara Schiff, Rural Liaison to the CALED Board, Mariposa County
  • Kim Vann, USDA Rural Development

9:00 am   Lightning Round Partner Updates—5 Minute Updates from Partners Across the State

  • Abby Browning, California Office of Emergency Services
  • Eduardo Gonzales, San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center
  • Barbara Hayes, Rural County Representatives of California
  • Ismael Herrera, CA Forward
  • Glenda Humiston, University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Trish Kelly, Valley Vision invited
  • Malinda Matson, US Dept of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
  • Kim Vann, USDA Rural Development
  • Aaron Wilcher, Los Rios Community College District

9:45 am   California Update & Next Steps

  • Gurbax Sahota, President & CEO, CALED
    • Legislative Update
    • Rural Economic Development Strategies
    • OutSmart Disaster

10:15 am   Economic Resiliency—Roundtable Topic

  • Community Conversation from Sonoma County
    • Ethan Brown, Sonoma County Economic Development Board
    • Raissa de la Rosa, City of Santa Rosa
    • John Kessel, Sonoma County
  • Group Conversation with table topics

11:30 am   Break

11:50 pm   Working Lunch: CDBG Non-Entitlement Economic Development Set-Aside Training

  • Jon Diedesch, California Housing & Community Development

1:30 pm   Thank You and Closing


Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Capitol View Room, 15th Floor
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA  95814

Use this link by January 6th for a discounted rate on your hotel room.


CALED Members: $50

Non-Members: $65

Registration is open, please register at this link.

Thank you to the Employment Training Panel for sponsoring this event.

In May of 2018, the CALED Board approved the creation of a Rural Economic Development Exchange that allows CALED to direct some resources to support our efforts to help rural economic developers connect, share resources, and engage in policy conservations/initiatives. Specifically, CALED is committed to:

Exchange Goals:
  • Convene rural economic development stakeholders at least one time per year (outside of CALED’s Annual Conference)
  • Include a Rural Exchange opportunity at the conference for resource providers to share updates on how they can support rural economic development as well as showcase best practices
  • Work with USDA Rural Development in California to identify ways CALED can support their priorities and promote their work/grants.
  • Share what we learn with partners that may be in a position to assist in addressing priorities, challenges, solutions, and resources to grow rural economies

Read the full Charter here.

PSPS Response

In response to the Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), CALED reached out to members to see how they were helping impacted businesses and well as measuring that impact. Click here to see a collection of the responses we received.

Past Rural Exchange Events:

  • January 10, 2018–Sacramento, CA
  • September 26, 2018–Tehachapi, CA
  • January 15, 2019–Sacramento, CA
  • March, 23, 2019 (Rural Networking at CALED Conference)–Anaheim, CA
  • August 8, 2019–Eureka, CA


Thank you to our Sponsors: