2017
Leanne Kuchar
Leanne Kuchar
Office and Operations Manager
January 05, 2017

The Future: Now Arriving with Smart Home Technology

One of my favorite shows growing up was The Jetsons.

I’m sure many of you will agree, the ability to walk through a machine and be fully washed and dressed was a pretty cool concept. While that morning-routine machine has yet to come to realization, we may be closer to The Jetsons’ technology than we think as Smart Home technology continues to expand and innovate.

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2016
Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
December 16, 2016

Shine a Light on Local Businesses this Holiday Season 

Build a DIY Economy

 

This holiday season, perhaps more than ever, the Sierra Small Business Development Center and Sierra Business Council are focusing on appreciating the businesses and organizations that light up our communities. Like the late, great, Leonard Cohen said, “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

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Paul Ahrns
Program Director

Paul Ahrns

Program Director

Paul grew up in Nevada City, spending his summers exploring the mountains and valleys around Truckee. His summers in the Sierra fostered his passion for protecting and sustaining the natural wealth and beauty of the Sierra Nevada region. Paul returned home to the region in 2010 to join the Climate Planning team and work on the first phase of the Green Communities Program. Paul has served as a Planning Technician and Project Manager for the Climate Planning team providing technical expertise and project management support to assist over 30 local governments, special districts and private developers with climate planning assistance. Paul brings his experience in sustainability, planning, community engagement and project management to his new role as the Climate Planning Program Director for the Sierra Business Council.

Personal Highlights:

Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from California State University, Long Beach where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was selected as the Department’s Outstanding Graduate for 2009. Paul combines his passion for the environment and desire to explore the world. He has had the pleasure of exploring 5 different continents and more countries than he can keep track off. The highlights of which have been working with communities in Kenya to drill water wells without using electricity or fuel and exploring the incredible history and culture of China.

December 08, 2016

Funding Affordable Housing in the Sierra

Are you spending nearly half of your income on housing? Have your adult children moved back into the basement, again? Are you married with a child and seven roommates?

If any of these apply to you – and they do for many – then you already know: affordable housing in our region is needed more now than ever. Rising costs and the limited supply of housing due to increases in short term rentals have led to an affordability crisis across the West Coast and the Sierra has not been spared.

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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.

Kristin York
Director of Business Innovation

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.

November 22, 2016

Blinding Flash of the Obvious: The Election Results and SBC

This is a risky post, but I’m doing it anyway.

It’s been two weeks since Election Day when I woke up ready to seize the day, donned my pantsuit and optimistically went along in my blue bubble. By 11pm that night, optimism switched to disbelief as I watched the country turn red. I could no longer ignore my blind spot.

With the election results came a message loud and clear. People are mad as hell and they are not going to take it any more – on either side. A populace unwilling to settle for the status quo swept an anti-establishment candidate into the most powerful political position in the world.

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