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Backbone Support & Governance Subcommittee Meeting 3 – July 21, 2022

On July 21, 2022, Valley Vision held the third meeting for the CERF Backbone Support & Governance Subcommittee. The meeting included a presentation in which Valley Vision shared the changes made to the proposed governance structure and then solicited any remaining feedback from the group. In addition to viewing the recording below, you may also view the meeting minutes.

Backbone Support & Governance Subcommittee Meeting 2 – July 14, 2022

On July 14, 2022, Valley Vision held the second meeting for the CERF Backbone Support & Governance Subcommittee. The meeting included a presentation in which Valley Vision shared our proposed governance structure and then solicited feedback from the group through discussion. In addition to viewing the recording below, you may also download the slides and meeting minutes.

Community Engagement Subcommittee Workshop – July 13, 2022

On July 13, 2022, Valley Vision held the CERF Community Engagement Subcommittee Workshop. The meeting included a presentation with an overview of the CERF program and established the foundation for the Community Engagement Subcommittee. There were also two group discussions. The first was a feedback session on the potential guiding values for the work moving forward. The second surfaced community engagement strategies for our region. In addition to viewing the recording below, you may also download the slides and meeting minutes.

Capacity-Building & Technical Assistance Subcommittee Workshop – July 13, 2022

On July 13, 2022, Valley Vision held the CERF Capacity-Building and Technical Assistance Subcommittee Workshop. The meeting included a presentation with an overview of the CERF program and established the foundation for the CB&TA Subcommittee. There were also two group discussions. The first was a feedback session on the potential guiding values for the work moving forward. The second surfaced capacity-building and technical assistance needs and strategies for our region. In addition to viewing the recording below, you may also download the slides and meeting minutes.

Data, Research, & Evaluation Subcommittee Workshop – July 12, 2022

On July 12, 2022, Valley Vision held the CERF Data, Research, and Evaluation Subcommittee Workshop. The meeting included a presentation with an overview of the CERF program and established the foundation for the DRE Subcommittee. There were also two group discussions. The first was a feedback session on the potential guiding values for the work moving forward. The second surfaced research and data assets, needs, activities, and capacity-building opportunities for our region. In addition to viewing the recording below, you may also download the slides and meeting minutes.

CERF Planning & Application Workshop – June 2022

Backbone Support & Governance Subcommittee Meeting 1 – July 7, 2022

On July 7 2022, Valley Vision held the CERF Backbone Support & Governance meeting. The meeting included a presentation with an overview of the CERF program and governance structure examples. The group also discussed the values and features that should inform the proposed governance structure. In addition to viewing the recording below, you may also download the slides and meeting minutes.

Colusa CERF Roundtable – June 2022

On June 30, 2022, Valley Vision hosted a roundtable on the Community Economic Resilience Fund for Colusa County. The session included an overview of the CERF Program (slides below) as well as a discussion about the concerns, needs, and opportunities for the county. In addition to the slides below, you may also view the discussion notes and handout.

Yuba-Sutter CERF Roundtables – June 2022

On June 30, 2022, Valley Vision hosted a roundtable on the Community Economic Resilience Fund for Yuba & Sutter Counties. The session included an overview of the CERF Program (slides below) as well as a discussion about the concerns, needs, and opportunities for the region. In addition to the slides below, you may also view the discussion notes and handout.

Community Economic Resilience Fund

Overview of the CERF

The CERF, sourced from the State General Fund, will distribute $600 million, in a competitive process, to regions across California. The program will fund planning and implementation efforts to help communities economically recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and advance the transition to a carbon-neutral economy. 

The CERF will: 

  • Support efforts to plan and implement inclusive and low carbon economic growth strategies; 
  • Focus on the creation of high-quality jobs and inclusive pathways into those jobs, as well as strategies that will support the transition to a carbon-neutral future; and 
  • Seek planning and implementation processes that focus on those who have often been left out of traditional economic development strategies. 

CERF Regions and Current Timeline

The Sacramento Region includes the following eight counties: Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Counties. 

The Planning Phase Application for those applying to be a Regional Convener and/or Fiscal Agent is due July 25, 2022.


Valley Vision’s Ongoing Work

Valley Vision is continuing its role as a regional intermediary for CERF efforts, and will be submitting a lead applicant Planning Phase application from the Sacramento Region.

Activities we have pursued and continue to pursue in furtherance of this role include:

Outreach and Engagement: 

  • Roadshow of the CERF opportunity, through listening and learning sessions, and presentations to stakeholder groups: We hosted an open-to-all informational webinar on November 18, to provide an overview of the CERF opportunity and let interested parties know how to engage in related efforts. We have also presented to nonprofit organizational Boards, elected officials, regional jurisdictional staff, and others to share information about the opportunity. Beginning in April, we are co-convening with our partners a series of listening and learning sessions to increase awareness around the CERF and better understand the priorities and concerns of sectors and communities.

Individualized Stakeholder Outreach:

  • We have been engaging one-on-one with regional community-based organizations and representatives from workforce, clean economy, and labor.

Preparing for the Planning Phase:

  • Inventorying existing economic development, research, and data assets in the regions, and gaps. 

Providing feedback to state agencies:

  • Submitted public comments in response to the Draft Planning Phase Guidelines and Request for Information on Program Evaluation. Both of these documents can be found in the Additional Resources links below. We will likewise participate in the second round of public comment in response to the revised Draft Planning Phase Guidelines in April 2022.
  • Staying engaged with the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) around our region’s needs.
  • Working through the California Stewardship Network to facilitate feedback and co-design of the CERF program.

How to stay engaged:

  • Subscribe to our CERF Newsletter to receive updates around the program and our region’s efforts.
  • Please take 3 minutes to fill out this form and indicate your interest in participating in the Sacramento Region CERF planning phase APPLICATION process, due on July 25. Your responses will determine our method and frequency of communicating with you as we work to prepare our region’s application. Note: This form will NOT be used to gauge interest in the PLANNING PHASE itself; if designated as Regional convener, Valley Vision and its partners will ensure that the regional collaborative meaningfully engages stakeholders and communities as outlined by the CERF program.
  • If you’d like to discuss further, please reach out to Isa Avanceña at isa.avancena@valleyvision.org

Additional Resources

Infographic: 2021 Year in Review

At Valley Vision, we bring communities together to tackle the biggest challenges affecting the livability of our region. By creating common ground built on facts, we inspire leaders to think big and collaborate on bold, long-term solutions that improve people’s lives.

This infographic can be read in under 90 seconds, and highlights some of Valley Vision’s key accomplishments and wins in 2021 as we advance prosperity, equity, and environmental stewardship across the Sacramento region and beyond.

Info Session: Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) (November 2021)

On November 18, Valley Vision and the Prosperity Partnership held an Information Session on the Community Economic Resilience Fund or “CERF,” the state’s $600 Million investment in the planning and implementation of inclusive economic strategies for regions across the state.

The CERF program invites regional proposals for developing High-Road Transition Strategies, which include investing in industries that will thrive in a carbon-neutral future, while creating high-quality jobs and clear pathways into those jobs, with a focus on those often left out of traditional economic development strategies.

Presenters at the Information Session provided an overview of the CERF program and its parameters, discussed how the investment could transform our region, and initiated a conversation around priorities for a regional ask. 

A recording for the Information Session can be found on YouTube and below:

The presentation slides used at the Information Session can be found here and below:

Results from the Mentimeter survey conducted during the Information Session can be found here.

What’s next? ​​

  • Valley Vision and the Prosperity Partnership are teeing up a regional planning effort for the CERF program.
  • We continue to communicate with state leadership about the CERF program parameters and grant application, and will be seeking input from regional stakeholders.
  • We want to engage with all of you throughout this effort. We are all in this together! 

Please take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey if you have not done so. In addition to your contact information, which we’ll use to provide updates and stay engaged, it also includes questions about what interests you the most about the CERF opportunity (for example, funding for a particular project or initiative), and who else should be engaged throughout this effort.

For additional questions, please contact Valley Vision’s Isa Avanceña at isa.avancena@valleyvision.org.