Rural Economic Development Exchange2019-01-10T16:44:55+00:00

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–Sacramento, CA
January 15, 2019


Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown–Arena
300 J Street
El Dorado Room


8:00 am            Check-in, Continental Breakfast, and Networking
8:30 am            Welcome and Opening Remarks – Michelle Stephens, Economic Development Manager, CA Association for Local Economic Development (CALED); Stewart Knox, Employment Training Panel

9:00 am            California Update & Next Steps – Gurbax Sahota, President & CEO, CALED

  • Legislative Update
  • State Program Update

9:30 am           Disaster Recovery Updates from Partners

  • Abby Browning, California Office of Emergency Services
  • Malinda Matson, US Department of Commerce, EDA
  • Karen Rich, USDA Rural Development
  • Peter Meza, CA Department of Insurance

10:30 am         Model Practices in Your Community: What’s Working?

  • Facilitated Groups will report and discuss successful programs in their communities

11:45 am          Break
12:00 pm         Keynote Lunch: Launching a Rural California BioEconomy

  • Wes Jurey, Agriculture Technology Innovation Partnership Foundation
  • Eric Barger, BargerTech

1:00 pm          Partner Updates

  • Glenda Humiston, University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Maral Farsi, Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development
  • Terrance Rodgers, Rural County Representatives of California
  • Ismael Herrera, San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center

2:00 pm            Thank You and Closing

Registration: Click Here to Register
CALED Member Rate: $50
Non-Member Rate: $65

Lodging Options:
Holiday Inn
300 J Street
Sacramento, CA
**916-446-0100-ask for the CALED room block ($149 for the night of Monday, January 14)
Please note overnight parking is $20 per day ($30 for valet).

Thank you to our Sponsors: