2024 Workshops

Your input is critical to our process!

There are three separate categories of workshops we plan to host this summer, and each are designed to engage distinct stakeholders in the process. Many of the dates and locations are still being finalized. Please check back here and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date as we schedule and publish these workshops.

Community Engagement Recap

Sierra Jobs First has wrapped up the community engagement workshop phase of our Strategic Planning Process. Throughout May, we partnered with community organizations throughout the region to hold nine workshops. Two more workshops are still scheduled for early June (see below for details). 

At these community workshops, we invited members of the public who are new to Sierra Jobs First to weigh in on the Core Issues and Opportunities that emerged from the Collaborative’s April Strategy Workshops that took place in North Lake Tahoe. These five Core Issues and Opportunities are Workforce Development and Career Readiness, Physical Infrastructure, Social Services and Infrastructure, Governance and Land Tenure/Management, and Housing Affordability and Placemaking. 

The purpose of these workshops was to ground truth five identified Core Issues and Opportunities by providing inclusive forums for community members from all walks of life to weigh in on the challenges they experience every day, and what climate-forward, equitable job growth means to them. Sierra Jobs First is preparing a community engagement summary that will detail how many people attended each of these meetings as well as how the key takeaways and community contributions will be factored into the region’s Strategic Plan. 

The Sierra Jobs First writing team has begun drafting the Strategic Plan based on input from the Collaborative and Governing Council at the April Strategy Workshop and the feedback on Core Issues and Opportunities that was collected during this Community Engagement Workshop Phase.

Industry Sector Workshops - Kicking off June 2024

To further ground truth emerging priorities discussed at the April Strategy Workshop, Sierra Jobs First is now kicking off our June Industry Sector Workshop series, which will involve vetting five sectors of job growth and economic development with industry leaders within our region. 

Industry Sector Workshop Objectives

  • Convene industry sector leaders to provide feedback on strategies included in Draft Strategic Plan
  • Build understanding of Sierra Jobs First among industry leaders
  • Engage industry leaders in conversations about the strategic plan process
  • Gather partner input on sector industry strategies. For example:
    • “Where do you think we should prioritize investment ?” 
    • “Which should be removed?” 
    • “Which ones are we already doing?”
    • “Can we add detail to any of these?”
  • Incorporate feedback about priorities to shape strategic plan document
  • Gather feedback on sector-adjacent core issue strategies

Below is an overview of these five industry sectors and information about each corresponding workshop, including the organizations identified to co-convene each workshop and how members of the Collaborative can tune in.  

Sustainable Recreation & Tourism: A target sector focused on mitigating negative impacts and transforming outcomes for tourism and recreation today by increasing economic mobility, social fairness, and environmental sustainability. The Sierra California Jobs First region welcomes millions of visitors every year to its national and state parks and forests, ski resorts, and historic small towns. The region also holds several artistic, cultural, and sports-related events that, if marketed properly, could bring in additional revenue and job opportunities. Because tourism and recreation are among the top industries in this region, it is important to capitalize on the multi-benefit outcomes surrounding equity and climate resilience, not simply the promotion of tourism.

Workshop Date:

Time:

Co-Conveners: 

Meeting Notes:

Jun 17, 2024

2-5pm

Lead: Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership (ESSRP)

Co-Lead: ESCOG 

Coming soon. 

Natural & Working Lands: A target sector focused on forest ecosystem management, restoration, and resilience to preserve and enhance the values forested ecosystems bring to our communities. This sector would include forest management practices including the application of traditional ecological knowledge, forest thinning, prescribed fire, prescribed grazing, non-industrial timber harvest, watershed management and improvement, and reforestation. This cluster would also include the development of the supply chains (environmental planning, licensed timber operators, trucking and logistics, wood utilization facilities, etc.) and the workforce necessary to support the forest economy. This sector would coordinate with the Clean Energy and Resilience, Sustainable Agriculture, and Sustainable Recreation and Tourism sectors to include cross-cutting initiatives that meet multiple goals, such as renewable energy generation, livestock production, native plant and food production, and climate mitigation.

Workshop Date:

Time:

Co-Conveners:

How to register: 

TBD

TBD

MLJT

TBD, please express your interest by emailing jobsfirst@sierrabusiness.org

Clean Energy & Energy Resilience: A target sector focused on increasing energy resilience, by focusing on localized and small energy grids that can reduce impacts from energy interruptions. This cluster will include energy efficiency, weatherization, building electrification, microgrids and storage, electric vehicle infrastructure and vehicle maintenance, and local renewable energy generation, such as biomass, hydrogen, and biofuels.

Workshop Date:

Time:

Co-Conveners:

How to register: 

TBD

TBD

MLJT, Additional Co-Leads TBD.

TBD, please express your interest by emailing jobsfirst@sierrabusiness.org

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems: A target sector focused on building out the local and regional food supply, expanding regenerative agriculture, and making the best use of limited land and resources. This includes but is not limited to identifying and implementing farming and ranching practices that thrive in the face of climate change, expanding local supply chains to increase food security, supporting entrepreneurship and manufacturing of value-added products, taking advantage of “agritourism” opportunities, promoting workforce and education opportunities that build interest and engagement in the food sector, and large scale circular industrial composting system

Workshop Date: 

Time:

Co-Conveners:

How to register: 

June 13, 2024 

6-7:30 pm

Lead: University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)

Meeting notes coming soon. 

Community Healthcare: A target sector focused on increasing access to care. Overcoming geographic, cultural, and other barriers to healthcare is a prerequisite for a functioning and resilient economy. Addressing these barriers and improving access to quality healthcare for tribal members, geographically isolated community members, disinvested youth, and community members with language barriers and without access to reliable broadband or robust mental health services has emerged as a priority in our region.

Workshop Date:

Time:

Co-Conveners:

Meeting Recap: 

May 20, 2024

9-11am

Lead: Motherlode Healthcare Industry Partnership (MHIP) 

Co-Lead: MLJT

This was a successful meeting with industry experts from hospitals and clinics within the region. Meeting recap materials will be forthcoming and available on request. 

Pre-RFP Project Ideation & Refinement Workshop Series

In July and August, the Sierra Jobs First team will be hosting up to six meetings for community partners to workshop project ideas, identify synergies and areas of collaboration between project ideas, and refine project applications before submitting.  

We kindly request that you RSVP to these workshops via the links that will be posted below as soon as the meetings are confirmed. . 

Please check back soon, meetings will be posted as soon as they are confirmed. 

Past Workshops:

April 25 & 26: Sierra Jobs First Strategy Workshops in North Lake Tahoe