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QUARTERLY UPDATE SISKI YOU

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ADVANCING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT IN SISKIYOU THROUGH EMPLOYMENT TRAINING PROGRAM (ETP) In 2017, the Employment Training Panel (ETP) program approved $93.5 Million for training 101,586 new-hire and incumbent workers. The mission of the ETP program is to provide financial assistance to businesses to support customized worker training that will attract and retain businesses that contribute to a healthy California economy and promote the benefits and ongoing investment in employee training among employers. The ETP is an underutilized resource and currently does not offer services to businesses operating in Siskiyou. In the coming year, the Siskiyou Economic Development Council (SEDC) will be servicing a pilot group of businesses that wish to participate in the business stakeholder advisory committee to assist in the implementation of the ETP program for Siskiyou. “Businesses in our communities have expressed concern over workforce development. The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors has identified workforce development as a top community priority,� said Logan Smith, Senior Program

Manager of the Siskiyou Economic Development Council. This initiative seeks to address one aspect of workforce development.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to facilitate business growth, retention, and attraction to promote community prosperity. Since its inception in 1985, the SEDC has developed strategies that result in the constructive, balanced economic growth of our region.

For more information contact Logan at (530) 842-1638 or by email at logan@siskiyoucounty.org.


EPA BROWNFIELD COALITION ASSESSMENT The City of Yreka, City of Weed and Siskiyou County are the recipients of a $600,000 EPA California Brownfield Coalition grant to complete a brownfield inventory for their respective communities, assess priority brownfields sites, and begin redevelopment planning to create an environmentally sustainable and healthy local economy. This project support a community wide assessment project that seeks to prepare blighted properties for clean-up and redevelopment. As project manager, the SEDC administrates the project and ensures the success of the project. This award will build on the momentum of a previous $400,000

EPA brownfields grant that leveraged $40 million in economic reinvestment. The project will focus on a decommissioned airport that is a prime opportunity for manufacturing development, several properties in the City of Weed destroyed in a recent major fire, blighted properties in the City of Yreka identified for future greenways and other priority sites. Collectively, these efforts will support economic and jobs growth and improved quality of life. Siskiyou communities have already leveraged $9.5 million to support the redevelopment of properties that will be assessed through EPA’s grant award. Brownfields programs support

business development, foster job growth, and provide community benefits by creating greenspace and reducing the public’s exposure to possible contaminated soils. Brownfields projects are one of the many ways that the SEDC serves the communities of Siskiyou through economic development and revitalization. To link to the entire press release visit—https://www. epa.gov/newsreleases/us-epaannounces-19-million-brownfieldsgrants-promote-economicredevelopment-across For more information contact us at (530) 842-1638 or visit www. siskiyoucounty.org.


THE RAPIDLY CHANGING RETAIL SECTOR... The retail sector is experiencing a fundamental shift everywhere—and this includes retail in Siskiyou communities as well. Consumers continue to demand more convenience in the form of accessible shopping experiences with high customer service standards and omnichannel implementation. Retailers are

responding to this shifting demand by providing smaller scale shopping locations that more efficiently use retail space and offering technology based shopping experiences. We have created a white paper guide on the changing retail sector and what this could mean for your community; this guide provides the most recent information and

updates regarding trends in the retail sector and recommends strategies to address and adjust to these changes, as well as how leaders can develop strategies to address retail retention and expansion for the community. For more information visit www. siskiyoucounty.org or call (530) 8421638.


SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING THROUGH SISKIYOU SBDC The Siskiyou Small Business Development Center (SBDC) serves to enhance existing business support efforts, emphasizing high-quality, in-depth private business counseling, guiding local businesses to appropriate capital resources, and developing training seminars and/or other educational programs for existing and startup businesses in the County. The Siskiyou SBDC services help

businesses achieve and sustain success. The SBDC accomplishes its measurable success through direct counseling services and capital access assistance. To learn more about how we can help you with your small business development call us at (530) 842-1638 or register as a client at www.siskiyoucounty.org/ sbdc.

DOING BUSINESS WITH THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WORKSHOP California wants to buy your products or services. Are you ready to sell them? The state of California is the sixth largest economy in the world! State agencies purchase everything from office supplies to construction services to goat rentals (seriously!), and everything in between. If you sell it, they probably buy it! You Will Learn How To: Find, bid on and win state government contracts, Navigate Cal eProcure, get certified as a Small Business or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SB/DVBE), market your business to state agencies, advertise to prime contractors, and receive free procurement assistance

from Norcal PTAC. Workshop will be held on April 4, 2018 at 9 a.m. at Holiday Inn Express in Yreka, CA. Register at

1512 S. Oregon Street Yreka, CA 96097

www.BizYreka.eventbrite.com. For questions or to learn more call (707) 826-3922 or visit norcalptac.org.

Phone 530.842.1638 www.siskiyoucounty.org

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