Truckee does not “see the benefit” of ERC’s current direction

We’re on vacation, but I noticed this critical letter from Truckee to the Board of Supervisors about the ERC’s current direction.

I have written about this topic in the past, as regular readers know. I’ve raised  concerns about execution of the contract, both for economic development and tourism. I’ve read the ERC’s report, which will be presented to the Board of Supervisors tomorrow.  Wow! Let’s hope the Board can help get this initiative back on track for the stakeholders.

(Click on the letter twice for a larger, more readable image).

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

6 thoughts on “Truckee does not “see the benefit” of ERC’s current direction”

  1. Truckee and Western Nevada County have distinctly different demographic trends and economic development market opportunities. They have been going in different directions for decades now. The two areas clearly have different needs for funding and technical assistance support

  2. Having worked with two different nonprofits that have experienced this same challenge, I would recommend some deep soul searching on future ERC activities. They are two distinct communities, each with much to give for the benefit of the whole..,

  3. Thanks Stephen. I posted this on Facebook, where Julie Baker (The Center for the Arts), Christine Kelly (former Music in the Mountains), Susie Cunningham Bavo (Nevada City Winery) and Jennifer Litton Singer (Friendship Club) all “liked” it. All of them comment as private citizens, of course, but it shows that the Board ought to be rethinking the ERC contract.

  4. We listened to the ERC’s report at the BOS meeting and the ensuing discussion. A lot of highfalutin talk, but far too little discussion about execution of the existing contract or “the performance of its 2015-2020 personal services contract,” as stated in the agenda. Supervisor Heidi Hall stood out as asking the most pointed questions. The responses were often defensive. All told, it was discouraging. The ERC took credit for creating about 5 jobs, according to a powerpoint.

  5. The ERC’s fizzled out as far as I can tell. Nothing is going to happen until we get everyone hooked up to broadband/digital. That was the stated goal when the then new director of ERC spoke to our group. Access to high speed internet is still a problem here.

  6. Most Nevada County citizen’s I know don’t see any impact from the ERC which continues to live in its own virtual reality with imaginary impact. The ERC touts a lot of activities, they’re excellent at holding meetings and spending money, but; they are not an impact focused organization that has any accountability. Change needs to start by Ed Scofield resigning from either the BOS (preferred) or the ERC board as it is a serious conflict of interest sitting on a board of an organization that approves funding your other organization which was your own pet project. If the BOS is going to abdicate its responsibility for tackling economic growth and viability for the area to the ERC they should require the ERC is more representative of our population and include GenXers and Millenials on their board as well as have significant leadership from the Truckee are which is doing much better than the Grass Valley / Nevada City area… and yes, while this area has worse Internet than most emerging market countries, it’ll go nowhere. That should be the #1 issue.

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