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Redwood Region RISE Awarded $14 Million in Catalyst Pre-Development Funding Through California Jobs First

March 19, 2024
Redwood Region RISE (Resilient Inclusive Sustainable Economy), the community-led, regional collaborative working to create quality jobs, has officially been awarded $14 million in Catalyst pre-development funding. As one of the 13 “California Jobs First” regions–and especially as a rural region comprising Tribal Lands and Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, and Mendocino Counties–the Catalyst funding will help us bridge the gap between planning and implementing our regional economic development strategies and investments. These funds will enable the Redwood Region to develop ready-to-go projects that can compete for funding opportunities from federal, state, and private sources.

“For rural and under-capitalized regions like ours, getting projects ready for implementation is often held up by the expense and workload of the pre-development phase. After a year of figuring out our planning and governance structure for Redwood Region RISE, this next phase will be where the rubber hits the road and we start to move some funding to those projects that will have the best chance to receive implementation funds from the state, or that will be attractive to other funding agencies.”

— Susan Seaman, Program Director, AEDC (RRRISE’s Fiscal Agent)

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Newly Launched: Redwood Region's Regional Summary Part 1

January 24, 2024
The Redwood Region RISE convening team submitted their Regional Summary: Part 1 to the State Interagency team at the end of 2023. This report lays the groundwork for examining economic development strategies that California Jobs First will potentially fund in our region.

Please note: the convening team considers these reports "raw materials." Over the next couple of months, they will be collaborating to create a set of short & sweet topical “policy briefs” with accompanying slide decks, videos, and social media content to allow our community to easily digest the reports’ key findings. In the meantime, feel free to look at the full deliverable to the State.

If you have any questions about these reports, please reach us at

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California's Rural North: Evidence-Based Strategies and County-Level Best Practices to Improve Health Equity

December 18. 2023
CCRP's report California's Rural North: Evidence-Based Strategies and County-Level Best Practices to Improve Health Equity has been released. This report identifies strategies for building trust and engaging Rural North communities in equity work.

To read/download the full report, visit the report's webpage linked below.

Evidence-Based Strategies and County-Level Best Practices to Improve Health Equity

CCRP's Chief Policy Advisor Connie Stewart Receives Cal Poly's Distinguished Service Award

July 14, 2023
Connie Stewart, our Chief Policy Advisor and 
Executive Director of Initiatives for Cal Poly Humboldt received the University President’s Distinguished Service Award on July 14, 2023. The award recognizes Connie, alongside fellow receipients College of the Redwoods President Keith Flamer, and Board Chair of the Cal Poly Humboldt Foundation, Robin Smith, for her "long and distinguished commitment to the campus and local community", writes Cal Poly Humboldt.

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CERF: Redwood Region RISE Calls for Nominations

June 12, 2023
Regional Convener for the CERF (Community Economic Resilience Fund) Redwood Coast Region (Redwood Region RISE (Resilient Inclusive Sustainable Economy))together with Community Outreach and Engagement partner North Coast Opportunitiesis calling for nominations for the Region's Equity Council. The Council will include up to twenty community members representing its priority population groups in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino Counties, and Tribal Lands. Collectively, the Equity Council will provide guidance and oversight to Redwood Region RISE's community engagement process, and help ensure balance and representation in decision making. Partnership Agreement Letters are required, and stipends will be available.

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Opportunity Youth and Postsecondary Pathways Reports

June 9, 2023
As part of CCRP's efforts to amplify the voices of Opportunity Youth in Del Norte and Tribal Lands (DNATL), Humboldt, and the North Coast Region, we present two essential reports. The first report focuses on data enhancement, addressing the rate of disconnection from school and work in DNATL for young people ages 16-24. The second report emphasizes postsecondary pathways available for Native American youth in our community. 

To read/download the full reports go to the webpages linked below:

Opportunity Youth - Year One Findings (2022)

Postsecondary Pathways in the North Coast (2023)

Regional Planning Begins for Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF)

January 31, 2023
$5 Million in COVID-19 Relief funding was awarded to the Arcata Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) on January 31, 2023. This funding is administered by the California Economic Development Department (EDD) through the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) established by AB 2342 (Cervantes). Thirteen regions across the state were funded, including the Redwood Coast Region (Redwood Region RISE), to support equity-centered carbon neutral economic development. As Regional Convener, the California Center for Rural Policy—together with Community Outreach and Engagement partner, North Coast Opportunities—will lead the stablishment of a High Road Transition Collaborative (HRTC) for Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, and Mendocino Counties.

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