2017
Kriselda Bautista
Kriselda Bautista
Planning Technician
February 24, 2017

Repairing the Road for the Journey Ahead

My commute has lent me quite a bit of time for musings as of late. A good chunk of my days are spent travelling I-80 going in and out of Tahoe for work and play. Typically, the trips are a breezy half hour and the idyllic scenery along the Truckee River lends itself to the background of my commute. This winter has, however, been the realest I have ever seen, so instead of setting myself on autopilot and admiring the drive I’ve been forced to pay closer attention to road conditions and expect some slow-downs.

Reflecting on the damage from the recent storm during these extended commutes, I couldn’t help but think about the legislative storm brewing in our nation’s capital.

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Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
February 16, 2017

The Numbers are In: SBDC Client Success has Impact

This week, America’s SBDC released the latest annual report of the Economic Impact of Small Business Development Center Counseling Activities in the US. While the results reported are from 2014-2015, we can confidently say that even in today’s uncertain political climate, SBDC consultants nationwide are a valuable asset to the small business community. These numbers (not alternative numbers, just numbers) speak for themselves when demonstrating the impact of SBDC services on the small business economy. Read on for a highlight reel of some of the more impressive facts (not alternative facts, just facts).

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Diana Madson
Diana Madson
Government Affairs Director
February 10, 2017

Communities, the Environment, and the Economy Together at the Mountain Ventures Summit

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the Mountain Ventures Summit, a 3-day workshop of community leaders across fifteen mountain resort communities in the American West. Gathered in Telluride, Colorado, we discussed the economic model of mountain resort towns and how it shapes the local culture and community. 

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Nikki Caravelli
Nikki Caravelli
Sierra CAMP & Climate Planning Project Assistant; CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow
February 02, 2017

Food for Thought: Mitigating Climate Change Through Sustenance

Regardless of their feelings about the scientific consensus (hint, it’s verified), people are at least familiar with the concept of climate change, that the evidence points to fossil fuels being to blame, and that small acts like turning off lights seem to help. We know about climate change, we know about its causes and effects, and we have a pretty good idea of what we’d need to do to change its course. We’ve begun the process of mitigating and adapting.

But are we doing enough?

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Becky Bell
Becky Bell
Project Manager
January 24, 2017

Finding Backcountry Bliss in the Sierra

Climbing for hours, we take turns breaking trail through fresh snow. Surrounded by Ponderosa pine and towering peaks, the mountain chickadees and our rhythmic climbing stride hypnotizes me, sending me deeper into my surroundings.

Finally, at the top, I catch my breath, up here where the angels breathe. Conditions are perfect. The air is cold, the snow pack stable, and a gentle breeze sends whimsical clouds dancing across the mirrored lake below. We’ve been monitoring the Sierra Avalanche Center website since the first snowfall of the season, and practicing rescue scenarios with our avalanche beacons.

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