Office of Community and Economic Development
Partnership Selected as 1 of 8 Regional Efforts for National Research Project
|yes||Alan Okagaki and Chris Danis from the LOCUS research team meeting with Courtney Kalashian, Partnership Energy Work Group Lead
and San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization Executive Director
Alan Okagaki and Chris Danis from the LOCUS research team meeting with Luisa Medina, Partnership Deputy Co-Chair and
Central California Legal Services, Inc. Director of Development.
|yes||Alan Okagaki and Chris Danis from the LOCUS research team enjoying some Fresno State ice cream at the Rue & Gwen Gibson Farm Market.|
The Partnership has been selected as one of 8 regional efforts to be featured in a research project on Regional Solutions for Rural and Urban Challenges. The project explores the possibility that regional collaboration and solution-seeking can be an effective way of improving social and economic opportunity and health for all people and places within a region. We are looking for examples of policy and practice that promote boundary-crossing, multi-sector solutions to regional challenges while advancing opportunity, health, and well-being in ways that do not leave behind rural areas, low-income people, and people of color. The project is being conducted by LOCUS Impact Investing and is funded by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.
As part of this project, OCED Executive Director and Partnership Lead Executive, Ismael D. Herrera was host Alan Okagaki and Chris Danis from the LOCUS team during their July 29-31 site visit. During their time in Fresno, CA, Herrera facilitated meetings with the twelve individuals to help the LOCUS team gather many different perspectives from people who have been active in the Partnership. Ultimately, they asked: Under what conditions are regional collaboration and solution-seeking approaches most effective in improving social and economic outcomes? This is seen as a counterpoint to the prevailing narrative of growing divisions between rural and urban populations along economic, social, cultural, and political lines.
A second site visit by the LOCUS team is being considered to coincide with the Partnership’s Q3 Board of Directors meeting in Kern County on September 20. A final report on this national project will be available later this year.
|Monday July 29th, 2019||
9:00 am: Luisa Medina, Partnership Deputy Co-Chair
Director of Development, Central California Legal Services, Inc.
10:00 am: Karen Ross, Partnership Deputy Co-Chair
Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
12:30 pm: Jim Suennen, Partnership Board Member
Associate Secretary, External Affairs, California Health and Human Services Agency
2:00 pm: Courtney Kalashian, Partnership Energy Work Group Lead
Executive Director, San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization
4:00 pm: Andrew Mendoza, Partnership Board Member
Manager, Community and Government Relations, Kaiser Permanente Central Valley Area
|Tuesday July 30th, 2019||
8:30 am: Lee Ann Eager, Partnership Board Member
Chief Executive Officer, Fresno Economic Development Corporation
Co-Chair, California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation
9:30 am: Dorene (DeeDee) D’Adamo, Partnership Board Member
Vice Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
11:00 am: Mary Renner, Partnership Board Member
Chief Operation Officer, Central Valley Health Network
12:00 pm: Sarge Green, Partnership Water Work Group Lead
Interim Director, Center for Irrigation Technology, CSU Fresno
Water Management Specialist, California Water Institute, CSU Fresno
3:00 pm: Vito Chiesa, Partnership Chair
Supervisor-District 2, Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors
|Wednesday July 31st, 2019||
10:45 am: Peter Weber, Former Partnership Board Member and Partnership Executive Committee Chair
11:30 am: Lynne Ashbeck, Partnership Board Member
Senior Vice President, Community Engagement and Population Wellness, Valley Children’s Healthcare