2022 Envision Tahoe Economic Summit Recap
Tahoe Chamber | September 15, 2022 | Community News
The Envision Tahoe Economic Summit was hosted last week by the Tahoe Prosperity Center. The annual Tahoe Economic Summit is an opportunity to catalyze change and take action for the benefit of the Tahoe Truckee regional economy while supporting our community, quality of life and environment. The 2022 Summit brought together over 100 community leaders to engage in conversations about economic resiliency and implementing the Envision Tahoe Prosperity Playbook. The Envision Tahoe process was a collaborative regional economic recovery and resiliency strategy, funded by the US Economic Development Administration and completed over the past year, following the pandemic and the devastating Caldor Fire.
This year’s event featured two Keynote Speakers with the US Economic Development Administration and US Small Business Administration. The focus of the Keynote Speakers was how these two federal agencies can partner with our bi-state region on future investment in the Tahoe Truckee region, including implementing the resiliency and recovery strategies in the Prosperity Playbook.
First to share their work and how it can positively help Tahoe’s small businesses, was Region 9 Director, Ms. Elmy Bermejo. Ms. Bermejo shared how supporting small businesses is critical to a regional economy, including the success of her family’s restaurant now 56 years in business in San Francisco. She also brought members of her team to the event so local business owners could directly interact with SBA representatives and answer questions about the important programs SBA offers. In addition, another California Stewardship Network partner, the Sierra Business Council had staff there representing the Sierra SBDC.
After Ms. Bermejo, Ms. Sheba Person-Whitley, Director of the US Economic Development Administration Regional Office in Seattle, presented some of the recent large investments in the states of California and Nevada. Specifically, Lake Tahoe Community College will receive $1.2 million from the $21.5 million Good Jobs award given to the CA Community College Foundation for the Resilient Careers in Forestry program. Additionally, Nevada was awarded $14.9 million for the Equity in Employment Project and covers some of the Tahoe region. Sheba also brought the CA and NV EDA representatives for the region, which was incredibly valuable for our local community, business and government leaders.
Thank you to all our community, business and government leaders for attending and helping to implement the Prosperity Playbook and improve our regional economy and community.