Priority next steps for each initiative include:
1. To support tourism, staff and Local Freshies contractor will build on social media campaign and grow content and reach of Go Nevada County website.
2. To diversify economy, create equity and sustainability, maintain SBC Contract.
3. To establish infrastructure and further projects and plans to support economic vitality, we will continue to enhance permitting process by implementing improved customer experience in the CDA customer service lobby areas, and continuing process improvement. Staff will focus on Affordable Housing Master Plan project, and update associated policies and procedures related to unpermitted improvement policy (amended as-built permitting process improvements) as recommended by the As-Built Policy Advisory Group.
With respect to projects milestones, quarter two next steps include communicating with the Donner Summit Association regarding their Soda Springs Visitor Amenities project recommendations and continuing to work on interim visitor management solutions. We plan to complete the engineering study for North San Juan Fire Suppression project, including analyzing potential fees, and request cultural assessment from BLM, complete USDA funding application, complete environmental study on project site and begin pre-work needed to secure easements. We will continue to partner with Penn Valley Community Foundation leaders to identify next steps. We will present the Public Draft of the Area Plan and listen to community members about the goals and policies presented, policy prioritization, and potential implementation actions. The public workshop will present potential policy alternatives for inclusion in the Area Plan and hear from community members about what they would like to see in their community, guiding future development and laying the framework for plan implementation.
4. To seek funding and advocate for economic development priorities we will continue to monitor CERF fund; submit letter of partnership and participation to CERF, including priority projects. We will continue to monitor and apply for climate adaptation and mitigation funds, and use community input to inform proposal development, and prepare to submit proposals in second quarter of 2022, and identify advocacy opportunities.
5. To support business attraction, retention and growth, we will sustain business technical assistance through SBC contract, continue to administer Community Resiliency Grant Funds, including new business-focused grants; and continue to share grant opportunities to local nonprofits and other small businesses.
- Economic Development workgroup to review framework and identify plan for and timeline to implement ARPA funded revolving loan fund for Nevada County small businesses.
- Sustaining the Nevada County Relief fund with current balance unchanged in Quarter one, to be leveraged for future needs.