2017
Clarke Stevenson
CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow
November 13, 2017

Specifically for the Sierra: A Look at the General Plan Guidelines Update

Community planning requires a sensitive balance between what is possible and what is required, varying in degree according to each local government’s priorities. That’s where a General Plan comes in.

General Plans provide a blueprint for communities to guide development and to establish a vision for their future. However, local governments are also mandated by California law to address a number of specific community elements...

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Michelle Gartner
Michelle Gartner
Senior Program Manager
November 09, 2017

Who's Spinning the World Wide Web? A Look at Broadband Connectivity

I’ve always been curious about technology and how it works. Since embarking on my new position at Sierra Business Council managing the Gold Country Broadband Consortium, my curiosity around how we are connected to the World Wide Web has grown. I’ve been trying to uncover who owns all the wires connecting us to the Internet, where the various wires are that make up the World Wide Web, and how to gain high-speed access for unserved and underserved communities. 

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Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
November 03, 2017

The Sierra Small Business Development Center's Winning Team

As indicated by the falling leaves, finally-cooling temperatures, and inescapable seasonal coffee flavorings, the fourth quarter of 2017 is hitting its stride and the Sierra SBDC is starting to take stock of our year. It seems like a good time to recognize the notable achievements we’ve had this year; specifically, the achievements of our amazing team.

You might recognize our team members from business consulting, phone calls, networking, workshops and classes, volunteering, or managing events in towns across the Sierra. But there is one thing you probably haven’t heard about us yet – we are 2017 nominees and award winners!

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Kerri Timmer
Vice President Climate and Energy

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

October 27, 2017

What's at Stake in 2018 Bond Measures? $500 Million for the Sierra, That's What

Hard to believe I’m writing about another water bond, but we find ourselves in the interesting position of having two different water-related funding initiatives that could be on the ballot in 2018: SB 5 in June and a citizens' initiative in November.   

Climate, growth, and other impacts on the state’s water system are immense, so two measures shouldn’t feel like overkill. Rather they indicate the depth of the issue. 

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Diana Madson
Government Affairs Director

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

October 20, 2017

Green Infrastructure Can Help California Avoid Another Oroville Dam Crisis

As Houston continues recovery, Florida grapples with the aftermath of Irma, and Puerto Rico takes stock of the immense damage from Maria, an unsettling concern grows here in California that widespread flooding, and its threat to the state's management of water, is a matter of not "if", but "when".

Cost-effective, multi-benefit green infrastructure solutions for our state in both the uplands (where the water starts) and the lowlands (where the flood risk is greatest) must become central to the water management dialogue. 

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