Rural Economic Development Exchange

CALED Rural Economic Development Exchange

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.

Rural Exchange–Tehachapi Event
September 25 & 26, 2018

September 25th

5:00pm World Wind & Solar Tour
There is no cost to attend the tour but there are only 50 available seats and registration is first come, first served. The bus will leave from the Fairfield Inn by Marriott (422 West Tehachapi Blvd.) at 5pm and proceed to the reception after the tour. The bus will return to the Fairfield Inn after the reception a little after 8:00pm.
Thank you to the City of Tehachapi for providing a tour bus for this event.

6:30-8:00pm Tehachapi Rural Exchange Reception at Triassic Vineyards
24627 Cummings Valley Rd
Tehachapi, CA 93561

All Rural Exchange attendees are welcome to attend the reception. Please note if you will be attending when you register for the exchange so that we can plan accordingly.

September 26th

Rural Exchange from 9am-3pm
Slice of Life Enrichment Schools & Events
48771 W Valley Blvd.
Tehachapi, CA


8:30-9:00—Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:00—Welcome & Introductions

10:00-10:50—State Update

  • State Programs Update
  • Economic Development Legislative Ideas
  • CALED USDA RD grant update


11:00-12:30—Model Practices in your Community:  What’s Working?

12:30-1:30—Leadership Lunch: A Blueprint for Growing Manufacturing
Sponsored by the California Enterprise Development Authority

Guest Speaker, Bart Taylor, CompanyWeek

1:30-2:30—Rural Funding Updates

  • US Small Business Administration
  • US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
  • US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
  • University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

2:30-3:00—Outcomes & Next Steps

Registration: Register for $50 per person

Travel Scholarships: CALED is pleased to announce that we have travel scholarships available for this event. Please email Michelle Stephens if you would like to receive $125 reimbursement on your travel expenses to attend this event. We have limited funds so please only apply if you genuinely need the financial assistance.

Lodging Options:

Best Western Country Park Hotel
420 W Tehachapi Boulevard
Tehachapi, California 93561

Fairfield Inn & Suites
422 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, California 93561

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
901 Capital Hills Pkwy
Tehachapi, California 93561