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Event Convenes Rural Economic Development Practitioners from Throughout CA



On January 15th, OCED Interim Executive Director, Ismael D. Herrera attended the first Rural Economic Development Exchange of the year. The event convened rural economic development practitioners from throughout the State in Sacramento, CA to discuss, among other things, natural disaster recovery efforts, model practices, legislative updates, and bio-economy opportunities. As part of a “Partner Update” panel, Herrera provided information on 2019 priorities for OCED’s San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center, which include promoting the availability of USDA renewable energy/energy efficiency funding and Caltrans procurement opportunities for rural small businesses.

Organized by the California Association for Local Economic Development, the Rural Economic Development Exchange was launched in January 2018 via CALED’s inaugural Rural Economic Development Summit and has emerged as a leading forum for rural economic development practitioners to connect, share resources and best practices, and engage in policy discussions/initiatives.

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OCED began its participation in the Rural Economic Development Exchange during the September 2018 convening in Tehachapi, CA. OCED will continue to play an active role in the initiative as it grows in membership and activity.