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Community Economic Resilience Fund

Overview of the CERF

The CERF, sourced from the State General Fund, will distribute $600 million across, in a competitive process, to 13 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 Phases

CERF will be executed in two phases. The first phase is the Planning Phase. The State has designated which counties will work together, constituting a total of 13 regions. Each of the 13 regions receive $5 million to establish a “High Road Transition Collaborative.” These collaboratives need to include a diverse group of stakeholders who will develop a regional economic plan and identify projects to support in the second phase.

Valley Vision is the Regional Convenor & Fiscal Agent for the Planning Phase for the Sacramento region, which means we’re responsible for forming an inclusive Collaborative.

The second phase is the Implementation Phase in which the remaining funds (upwards of $500M) will be awarded to projects that are supported by the Collaborative.

CERF Region and Current Timeline

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

Valley Vision’s Ongoing Work

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

Outreach and Engagement: 

  • Continuing to grow the Collaborative through listening and learning sessions, 1:1 meetings and presentations to stakeholder groups.

Preparing for the Planning Phase:

  • Planning for the CERF Kick-Off in January 2023
  • Establishing Communications channels & processes
  • Inventorying existing economic development, research, and data assets in the regions, and gaps. 

Economic Development Pilot Projects:

  • Spreading awareness and encouraging eligible projects to apply
  • Tracking our region’s efforts and connecting those interested in collaborating
  • Sharing information and seeking clarification from the State on program guidelines

Providing feedback to state agencies:

  • Submitting public comment and other feedback on CERF timelines, deliverables, and guidelines
  • 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.

    Join the Collaborative!

    Collaborative Overview

    To foster an inclusive and equitable process, each region is tasked with building a High Road Transition Collaborative (“Collaborative”). These Collaboratives will help inform the Planning Phase and should be made up of diverse stakeholders across industries, geographies, and other demographics.

    By joining the Sacramento Region Collaborative, you will contribute to our region’s economic plan, whether that be by attending meetings, completing surveys, or meeting with us 1:1. This is our least time-consuming level of commitment and is flexible to you or your organization’s capacity. You will also receive Collaborative-specific communications.

    Those who join the Collaborative also have the opportunity to join Activity-Based Committees or get elected to the Leadership Council. The Committees are open to all in the Collaborative but have an increased level of involvement. The process for establishing the Leadership Council is still being determined.

    How to Join the Collaborative

    To join the Collaborative, we ask that you review our Collective Partnership Agreement Letter, which outlines our proposed values and governance structure. Please keep in mind that this is subject to change as we continue to build and receive input from Collaborative members.

    After reviewing, please complete the Partner Support Agreement by filling out the template. The information you’ll need to provide is:

    • Contact Person + Contact Information,
    • A very brief description of you or your organization’s role in the community or region, and
    • A very brief description of what you or your organization can contribute to the CERF planning phase.
    • Letterhead/Logo (Optional)

    To submit your completed Partner Support Agreement or If you have any questions about CERF, the Collective Partnership Agreement, or the Partner Support Agreement, please email us at

    Other Ways To Stay Engaged:

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