2019
Peter Brown
Peter Brown
CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow: Gold Country Broadband Consortium
June 11, 2019

Rural Broadband Access, or Lack Thereof: How Did We Get Here?

A great number of residents of the Sierra Nevada, like so many rural Americans, remain without adequate, reasonably priced connections to the Internet. Given the dominance of this technology in our economy and culture, and the seeming ease with which others can get connected, it is well worth wondering why high-speed internet is either inaccessible, overpriced, or of low quality for so many people in this otherwise innovative and wealthy country. So what happened?

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Nikki Caravelli
Nikki Caravelli
Climate Technician & Sierra CAMP Project Manager
April 05, 2019

Legislative Tracking: What's Hot in California Climate Policy?

SBC’s Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership, Sierra CAMP, is currently tracking several climate change bills introduced in the legislature that we think may impact Sierra communities. I’ve laid out each of these bills below along with how they could affect your community.

For more information about these bills or to learn how Sierra Business Council’s Government Affairs team is taking action, contact our Government Affairs Director, Chris Mertens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Simone Cordery-Cotter
Simone Cordery-Cotter
CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow, Climate Planning
April 02, 2019

The Sticky Intersection of Wages and Housing

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on California's rural housing crisis. You can read part 1 of the series by clicking here

After publishing part 1 of this housing series, a reader commented inquiring about the impact wages have on the relative unattainability of housing in rural areas. I thought it was a great place to dig into for my second piece on the subject.

To their rather insightful point, since the Great Recession in 2008, wages have stagnated, and grown at just 0.2% per year while cost of living has risen more drastically

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Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
March 26, 2019

Entrepreneurial Opportunities Abound at This Week's Business Expo

Two years ago, I took the beautiful drive to South Lake Tahoe, CA to attend the Tahoe Chamber’s Business Expo at Harveys Lake Tahoe. I had heard about the party at the South Shore business event of the year and had to see it for myself. The Business Expo of 2017 did NOT disappoint, and I am looking forward to revisiting this amazing event on March 29th, 2019.

This year, the Sierra SBDC is thrilled to partner on a learning opportunity right before the Expo -- a Small Business Lender Panel covering How to Access Capital for YOUR Business! 

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Chelsea Walterscheid
Program Manager

Chelsea Walterscheid

Program Manager

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Chelsea is a new member of the Small Business Development Center.  Not new to the needs of small businesses, Chelsea worked with the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, helping to promote local businesses as well as working on beautification projects and infrastructure improvements in Historic Downtown Truckee. She helped produce many successful fundraisers for the TDMA, including managing Truckee Thursdays.  Chelsea loves to show off Truckee's historic charm, so she is proud of her work producing a large, successful event right in the heart of her hometown.

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Chelsea was born and raised in Truckee and has always been passionate about Truckee's unique history.  She is a twenty + year volunteer with the Truckee Donner Historical Society, ran the Old Jail Museum for many years, and puts together the annual Old Timers' Picnic. Chelsea and her husband, John, have two teenagers who keep the family busy as members of the Truckee High Trap Shooters Club, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts.

March 12, 2019

A Lesson in History: AgTech Innovation Meets a Local's Poultry Past

I recently attended the AgTech Micro Conference, hosted by Nevada County Tech Connection, in Nevada City. The micro conference brought together a variety of participants, including farmers, software developers, and people interested in the latest Agtech trends that address practical ways to improve efficiency and profitability for our regional farmers.

Guest speakers had my full attention as I learned about the first ever agriculture bio-control experiment in space; Aerial spectral imaging for agriculture; and perhaps the most exciting for me, BoxPower, a company bringing clean, affordable energy to off-grid sites in durable, portable shipping containers.

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