The following are past webinars from CALED’s Webinar Wednesday.

November 7, 2018
State of CA Opportunity Zone Update

Please join us for a special Opportunity Zone Webinar presented by Governor Brown’s Senior Advisor for Infrastructure and Energy Dan Carol who is leading the state’s inter-agency work group on Opportunity Zones. This is a great opportunity to learn how the state of California is positioning itself to support communities as they prepare to compete for investment.  There will also be a brief update on economic development legislation from CALED’s Legislative Action Committee Co-Chairs,  Aaron Laurel, City Manager for the City of West Sacramento and Robert Burris, President and CEO of Solano EDC.


Dan Carol, Sr. Advisor for Infrastructure and Energy, Governor’s Brown’s Office
Robert Burris, President & CEO, Solano EDC
Aaron Laurel, City Manager, City of West Sacramento

October 3, 2018

Brownfields Funding Sources
Learn about available funding sources to support brownfields revitalization projects in your community.

Noemi Emeric-Ford, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9

Noemi has dedicated over twenty-five years of service to the U.S. EPA, working in Chicago and Washington, D.C. She is currently working for the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 9) in the Southern California Field Office as the Regional Brownfields Coordinator overseeing brownfields activities across Hawaii, California, Arizona, Nevada and the Pacific Islands.

Noemi’s presentation on “Keys to Securing Funding” will cover the types of assistance, including grants and other support, available to government entities, tribes and non-profit organizations through EPA’s Brownfields Program.  The information provided will help eligible entities get a head start on understanding the changes under the new BUILD ACT and how these changes will enhance funding opportunities.

Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi, Department of Toxic Substances Control

Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi’s 13 years with the Department of Toxic Substances Control has focused on community revitalization through the redevelopment of underutilized Brownfields properties. As the Southern California Brownfields Coordinator, she has facilitated agreements with developers, property owners and government agencies, leading to successful environmental restoration and reuse. Her role as a Project Manager is focused on fast-paced redevelopment , and she has completed such projects as the Riverside Ag Park in Riverside, Vivante Senior Living Facility in Costa Mesa, and the Studio 15 Housing project in San Diego. Additionally, Ms. Tasnif-Abbasi coordinates the State Response Program Grant, which provides funding to government agencies and non-profits for Brownfields assessment and planning.  She is currently a supervisor for the Site Mitigation and Restoration Program in the Cypress office. Prior to DTSC, Ms. Tasnif-Abbasi was a Senior Project Manager at the Bechtel Corporation for twelve years, working with both military and private sector clients.

DTSC will discuss the Revolving Loan Fund program, a low-interest revolving loan fund that provides loans to help developers, businesses, schools, and local governments perform environmental cleanup and redevelop brownfields.

Deepa Gandhi, EKI Environment & Water

Deepa is senior engineer with 16 years of experience in environmental consulting.  Her brownfields practice includes assisting clients to address environmental assessment, cleanup, and regulatory issues associated with property transactions and redevelopment at environmentally impacted sites.

September 5, 2018
Working with International Companies

Learn best practices for working with foreign companies as they are deciding to locate in your community.

August 1, 2018
Venture Banking

This webinar has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

July 11, 2018
Building your entrepreneurial infrastructure: deep dive in improving access to capital and measuring progress

A key piece of any entrepreneurial community is having access to the right capital for early-stage companies.  How can you build a continuum of capital in your region to support business development from concept through business maturation.  Learn ways to increase capital pools by finding and connecting investors and mechanisms that go beyond equity to support your companies.  Measuring access to capital is one way to determine if your entrepreneurial ecosystem is working; but there are more.  We will also discuss several measurements than you can use to move your community forward in business creation.

June 6, 2018
Best of Conference

After CALED’s 38th Annual Conference Engage, join us for an encore presentation of the highest-rated breakout session.

May 2, 2018
Legislative Update

Get a mid-year update on legislation impacting economic development and learn about top issues highlighted in the budget.

Bob Burris, Solano Economic Development Corporation
Aaron Laurel, City of West Sacramento

April 4, 2018
PACE Financing

PACE is a great financing tool for commercial and residential projects. Leaders from CEDA and Dividend Finance will discuss the status of PACE in CA and how PACE financing can help your community.


Helen Schaubmayer, CALED
Peter Grabell, Dividend Finance
Michael Karlosky, Dividend Finance

March 7, 2018
Establishing an Improvement District for Economic Development

Learn from experts on how improvement districts have helped raise funding to further economic development efforts.

Speaker: Nichole Farley, Civitas

February 7, 2018
Tech Tools: How software can change your community!

Digital Tools for a New World of Economic Development

Today’s new world of economic development leverages technology in order to succeed in an increasingly digital culture. New tools for economic development expand the way we conduct community outreach, interact with constituents, elect public officials, transact real estate and create successful public private projects. Learn about two dynamic digital economic development tools, DigiConversationTM and OppSites that provide on-line platforms for cities from a transactional and communication perspective:

  • DigiConversationTM is an online outreach platform that uses digital and social media to expand community outreach for economic development, land use, and real estate projects. It creates transparency and expands the public conversation before the land use decision is made.
  • OppSites combines a marketplace for development opportunities with a professional community of city leaders, real estate professionals, service providers, and economic developers in over 800 cities so you can connect, share knowledge, and pursue business and real estate opportunities. Describe the projects that will benefit your community, then connect in real-time with developers and other professionals who can help.


Larry Kosmont, Kosmont Companies
Ian Ross, Oppsites

January 17, 2018
Legislative Landscape for 2018

Join CALED’s legislative advocacy leaders as they give an update on the legislative landscape for 2018 and our economic development priorities.


Bob Burris, City of Fairfield, Co-Chair, LAC
Matthew Hargrove, CBPA
Aaron Laurel, City of West Sacramento, Co-Chair, LAC

Tools and Tactics for Business Retention and Expansion on October 4, 2017

Listen to our expert speakers as they discuss innovative strategies to straighten your BRE program.


Laura Cole-Rowe, CMSM, Owner, Laura Cole-Rowe Consulting

Michelle Stephens, Economic Development Manager, CALED

Attracting Talent! on November 1, 2017

Our experienced speakers will discuss the practices to secure and retain a skilled workforce.

Registration opens October 3, 2017


Transit-Oriented Development and Land Revitalization on September 6, 2017

This webinar will explore funding sources and case studies for economic development via transit-oriented development and land revitalization.


Nova Blazej, Senior Project Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Brownfields Program

Nova Blazej has a background in City and Regional Planning and has over 20 years of experience at EPA, specifically with EPA’s sustainable development initiatives.  Under EPA’s Brownfields program Nova works with California communities to revitalize blighted, contaminated properties into affordable housing, open space and transit-oriented development.

Dov Kadin, Senior Planner, California Strategic Growth Council

At the Strategic Growth Council, I focus on addressing various transportation and land use policy issues within SGC projects and programs, with a focus of integrating transportation and land use decision making. My main role is to manage the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program, which uses Cap and Trade dollars to fund infill projects that reduce GHG emissions and VMT through sustainable land use, housing, and transportation practices.

Amber Evans, Economic and Community Development Coordinator, City of Emeryville

Among the many hats that anyone, working in a dynamic city like Emeryville, wears, Ms. Evans has coordinated the Emeryville brownfield Program for seven years, stepping in to the very large shoes of Ignacio Dayrit, when he left Emeryville for CCLR.  In this role, Ms. Evans oversees EPA funding and site remediation as well as the  Emeryville Revolving Loan program, capitalized with $3 Million. Additionally in her tenure she secured EPA TBA grant and  DSTC TAG awards for site assessment. She inherited a program which has processed over $10 million in EPA awards, since the Federal and local brownfields programs were initiated together. Over 20 years ago, Ms. Evans started her career  elsewhere in the Bay Area in base reuse, through the Bay Area Defense Conversion Action team or BADCAT – addressing brownfield reuse on former military bases.  The effort, known as the BADCAT Environmental Technology Partnership tested innovate remediation and assessment  technologies on 12 former bases in the Bay Area, in search of “faster better cheaper” remediation and assessment technologies.

Moderated by:  Deepa Gandhi, EKI Environment and Water

Registration will close by September 4, 2017

Update from GO-Biz on August 16, 2017
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Brown to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts.  GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners through programs like the Office of Small Business Advocate and California Business Investment Services.  In addition, GO-Biz administers the California Competes Tax Credit.  This is an income tax credit available to businesses who want to come, stay or grow in California.

Registration for this webinar will close on August 14, 2017.

Worker Cooperatives and Ownership on August 2, 2017

As a growing number of first and second generation small business owners face retirement, they face the difficult reality of limited options for business succession. Often, there is no immediate buyer who would preserve their legacy and keep the business going.  Across the country, however, more small business owners are choosing to sell to their employees.  Please join us for a briefing from Democracy at Work Institute, to learn more about how this model is increasingly being used to offer: owners a positive exit, employment retention, stabilization of the local economy through continuity of tax revenue and even leadership opportunities and ladders for workers who would not otherwise be on a path to ownership.

This presentation by the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) will offer context on the issue, case studies, and basic technical information about cooperatives and employee ownership.  Attendees will be encouraged to put the model in their toolkit for facing local business closures, and be given resources to connect and partner with technical experts across the U.S. to support successful business transitions.  Participants who wish to learn more may join a 5-part webinar series hosted by DAWI in Fall-2017


Shevanthi Daniel, Co-Director of the Cooperative Conversions Program

Shevanthi (Shev) is passionate about the intersection of sustainable business and economic development. Her work spans over fifteen years in community and labor organizing, and strategic capacity building with nonprofit and small businesses. She previously served as Lead Manager of Worker Cooperative Initiative at Pinchot University – Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, and also helped develop a Cooperative Management Certificate program at Pinchot University.  Shevanthi has an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University and BA in History and Anthropology from University of Washington.

Email:  |  Phone: (415) 379-9201 Ext. 11

Joe Marraffino, Co-Director of the Cooperative Conversions Program

Joe Marraffino is the Co-director of the Cooperative Conversions program at the Democracy at Work Institute.  Joe was the Finance Manager for the 12,000 member GreenStar Cooperative Market in Ithaca, New York.  Previously he was a worker-owner of Arizmendi Bakery in San Francisco and worked as a business developer for the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives to help launch two new worker-owned bakeries. Joe was a founding member of the of the New York Cooperative Network and the Democracy at Work Network.  He has a MA from the New College of California in Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community.

Email:  |  Phone: (415) 379-9201 Ext. 6

Registration for this webinar will close on August 1, 2017

Storefront Retail in a Digital World – Trips vs. Technology on June 21, 2017

The new world of retail is about generating trips from activities that can’t be done on the internet (food, exercise, medical, other), not sales per square foot; and today, developing trip-generating retail strategies should be a key component of every ED effort. This session will delve into experiential retail in a digital economy, demographic drivers and other trip generators that create a sense of place in today’s market, and will explore economic development strategies that enable public and private sectors to jointly accomplish this and be successful.

Financing to Revitalize Urban Infill Properties on May 3, 2017

This webinar will present case studies of projects that successfully utilized different grants to fund revitalization efforts for urban infill projects.  Case studies will include projects that utilized EPA and DTSC brownfields and California Recycle Underutilized Sites (CALReUSE) grants to fund cleanup in conjunction with grants and tax credits awarded by the State Treasurer’s Office and other state and local entities to fund the development.  Three case studies will be presented to demonstrate how multiple funding tools were used in concert for each project to bring it to fruition.

Registration for this webinar will close on May 1, 2017.


Rachel Hazlewood, City of Sacramento
Katherine McFadden, Domus Development
Logan Smith, Siskiyou County

The Ins and Outs of District Financing on March 1, 2017

Learn how to access financing for municipalities and jurisdictions for public improvements and services.

CALED’s Legislative Update on February 1, 2017

Join CALED and our partner’s as we discuss our Legislative Action Committee goals for 2017 and as we discuss the past year’s successes.

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The Gig Economy on January 4, 2017

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm



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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A broad look at how economic developers are defining and measuring success.

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Mentoring the next generation of professionals in economic development.

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[gdlr_tab title=”Data & Economic Development on October 19, 2016“]

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to use data to further your economic development goals.


John Leonard, Revenue Manager, City of West Hollywood

Maribel Louie, Director of Economic Development, City of West Hollywood

Alexa Smittle, Principal, RSG

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Retail’s role in economic development strategies.


Larry Cope, CEO and Director of Economic Development, Tuolumne County Econ. Dev. Authority

Ken Hira, Vice President, Kosmont Companies

Randy Starbuck, President & CEO, A2B Consulting

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

California’s is an attractive place for businesses-get tips on selling CA and your community.


Bob Burris, Economic Development Division Manager, City of Fairfield

Guillermo Mazier, CEO, Atlas Advertising

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Gig Economy: What economic developers can do to make sure the gig economy works for their local economy

Populated by familiar names (Thumbtack, Instacart, and TaskRabbit) and unfamiliar names (Honk, Lugg and Magic), the nascent on-demand economy/gig economy is growing. The platforms and apps that are sprouting have inspired new thinking and practices. Lots of attention is being paid to how these companies are disrupting commerce, solving logistic problems, and creating a new sector of the labor force– and a new era of entrepreneurs.  According to Intuit’s 4/16 study “The On Demand Economy”, two thirds of these workers identify as entrepreneurs (and three quarters report being happy or satisfied with their status!)  Couple that with a trend toward independent work and the words ‘work’ and ‘job’ take on whole new meanings.  We will explore this trend and discuss what this means for economic developers?  What are the tools that they can use to make sure that this new type of business owners succeeds?


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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Latest trends on how to revitalize the brownfields within your community.


Lisa Hanusiak, Brownfields Project Manager, Superfund Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9

Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi, Project Manager/128(a) Grant Coordinator, So Cal Schools & Brownfields Outreach, Department of Toxic Substances Control

Tim E. Post, PG, CHG, Supervising Engineering Geologist, ECAP/SCAP/EAR/Orphan Sites/LOPs, UST Cleanup Fund, State Water Resources Control Board

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Hear experts advice on how and when incentives, as well as current examples of local incentives.

Darrene Hackler, Advisor for Business Development and Smart Incentives

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar will feature the second highest-rated breakout session from CALED’s 2016 Annual Conference in South San Francisco.

The City of Temecula, Office of Economic Development will share how they found success by staying OUT of their office.  Create a dynamic set of programs to increase efficiency and effectiveness in business retention, business attraction & community outreach…without hiring any more staff or increased budget!


Christine Damko, City of Temecula’s Office of Economic Development


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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Alternative financing tools for economic development and how to bring these opportunities to your community.


Michael Karlosky, Senior Vice President of Finance, Figtree Financing

Aaron Laurel, Economic Development & Housing Director, City of West Sacramento

Emily Moser, Program Manager, Council of Development Finance Agencies

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Life after redevelopment agencies – where are we now?

In this webinar, we will discuss the fate of redevelopment funds and properties, since redevelopment agencies (“RDAs”) were dissolved in 2012.  Prior to dissolution, redevelopment agencies were key to the redevelopment of brownfields properties, which will be a focus of this talk.  To provide a cross-section of perspectives, we will have three presenters from different sectors share their experiences and provide their insights on the current state of affairs on this topic:


Robert Doty, Partner, Cox, Castle, Nicholson
Joe Dieguez, Senior Vice President, Kosmont Companies
Don Rust, Director, City of Oroville, Community Development Department

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar will feature the highest-rated breakout session from CALED’s 2016 Annual Conference in South San Francisco.

This panel session will explore how to best use data to fuel an integrated approach to economic development. The session will open with a look at some of the key economic trends revealed in the latest California Economic Snapshot released by CALED and what they mean for local practitioners. The trends that have helped shape the current rise of Innovation Centers will be discussed as a strategy for bringing investment, which is the subject of the snapshot’s first ever spotlight topic. A discussion of recent work relating to Innovation Centers will illustrate the ways that numerous data sources can be leveraged for many facets of economic development practice, including labor market analysis and cluster studies, studies of real estate feasibility studies, and forecasts of both the total economic impact of a project as well as how the project will contribute to a community’s fiscal health. The session will also discuss why communities must consider all of these many facets as part of an integrated approach to economic development, and reinforce how sound data analysis acts within each of these elements to provide direction and insight for a comprehensive economic development strategy.


Jeff Allen,
Matthew Miller, Account Executive, Economic & Workforce Development, Emsi
Joshua Wright, Director of Marketing for Economic & Workforce Development, Emsi
David Zehnder, Managing Principal, Economic Planning Systems (EPS)


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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This informative webinar will provide an overview of the New Markets Tax Credit program and discuss how it can benefit businesses and real estate projects in distressed communities throughout California.  The California Statewide Communities Development Corporation (CSCDC), an affiliate of the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA), will discuss the targeted types of investments it has made with $73M of prior NMTC allocation awards.

Jon Penkower, Managing Director, CSCDC
Paul Breckenridge, Principal, Breckenridge Consulting Services


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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

How to help your local businesses succeed and expand by exporting to global markets. We will discuss how local California EDOs can work together with the local U.S. Commercial Service office to promote local exports.

George Tastard, Director, Sacramento U.S. Commercial Service, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce


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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Economic Development can be a rewarding career, but moving up and having a meaningful impact on communities doesn’t happen by magic.  Join us for a lively discussion on how two of California’s female leaders created rewarding careers their own way.

Our panelists will include Kay Reynolds, President/Partner at Tools for Business Success and Toni Symonds, Senior Policy Advisor on issues relating to economic development in the California Legislature.

This discussion will look at how far women have come and what our panelists have learned along the way. Each has been in the trenches for decades, survived and thrived. They’ll share their wisdom,  ideas and triumphs in dealing with problems that still surround today’s female professionals from entry level to leadership positions, with stories that will inspire all.

Carrie Rogers, Senior VP Business Assistance & Development, LACEDC
Cindy Trobitz-Thomas, Retired Redevelopment, Economic Development and Housing, Director, City of Eureka

Kay Reynolds, President/Partner, Tools for Business Success
Toni Symonds, Chief Consultant, Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy


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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join CALED and VEDC to learn about their new State Revolving Loan Fund and how it can help your non-bankable businesses. Our partner from VEDC will discuss partnerships and why! They will also discuss the requirements that make a good SRLF loan request.

Keith Rogers, Senior Staff Consultant, Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC)


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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tools to help small businesses access capital.

Join us for a a discussion when we answer the following:

  • Why access to capital for small and very small businesses is a key component of the  Do-It-Yourself economy (D-I-Y) and can help your local economies.
  • Who is lending to small and very small businesses?
  • What are the lending tools that you can use to make sure that small businesses succeed and build sustainability into your communities?

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Our speaker will describe the programs and services that SelectUSA provides on behalf of U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs), provide a few concrete examples of how SelectUSA has assisted EDOs with their FDI attraction strategies, discuss recent and upcoming SelectUSA events, including the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit, and then take your questions.

David Campbell, Esq., Deputy Director of Investment Services, SelectUSA