Redwood Region RISE's CERF initiative

Redwood Region RISE - Economic Development - Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Tribal Lands

What is CERF?

Redwood Region RISE (Resilient Inclusive Sustainable Economy) is working together to bring good, quality jobs to our Region - Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino Counties and Tribal Lands - through the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF).

CERF is a state-wide initiative designed to promote a sustainable and equitable recovery from the economic distress of COVID-19. Through CERF, Redwood Region RISE aims to create thriving-wage opportunities for workers in the Region, while pursuing sustainable economic growth that aligns with California’s goals for a carbon neutral future.

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Are you interested in having your voice heard in important economic development discussions in your community? We are deeply commited to include and honor our diverse community's voices, and we would love to hear from you. There's many ways for you to participate:

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Getting Started

Are you interested in joining Redwood Region RISE's CERF project? Our onboarding page will help you get started. We're excited to have you CERF with us! If you have any questions, please reach out to our team:

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The CERF Catalyst Program, our Call for Nominations for RRRISe's Equity Council, Job Openings, and our Logo Commission: Find out the latest for Redwood Region RISE.

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Where Are We Now?

CERF will be executed in two phases: the Planning Phase and the Implementation Phase. We are currently in the initial stage of our region's Planning Phase. The Redwood Region RISE Convener Team has just created an inital Governance Structure that centers the voices ofand seeks input and participation frommarginalized communities. This Governance Structure will help guide the Redwood Region RISE's CERF process. We are also developing an Outreach & Engagement Plan that goes hand in hand with our Communications Strategy.

CERF Timeline for the Redwood Region RISE 2022 - 2023 - 2024 - 2025 - 2026

Phase One: Planning

California has designated 13 regions, each of which receives $5 million to establish a “High Road Transition Collaborative”. The High Road Transition Collaborative (HRTC) will include a diverse group of community partners from all regions and will be responsible for developing a regional economic plan and identifying projects that will be supported in the Implementation Phase.

Phase Two: Implementation

In phase two, the State will fund projects on a rolling, competitive basis (upwards of $500 million) for the projects that are supported by the HRTC. Criteria such as demonstrated community support, alignment with climate goals, demonstration of labor standards, and high-quality jobs with clear employment pathways for underserved and incumbent workers will be evaluated. The projects aim to support economic resilience and transition for the regions while promoting economic diversification, sustainability, and equity.

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Would you like to stay up to date on Redwood Region RISE's CERF efforts? Join our Mailing List and receive up to four RRRISE Mailers monthly, aimed to inform, inspire, engage, and communities across Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino Counties, and 27 Tribal Nations.

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Welcome aboard the Redwood Region RISE's CERF initiative

CERF Background Information

Building an Inclusive and Equitable Economy: Community Economic Resilience Fund

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