2017
Kristin York
Kristin York
Vice President of Business Innovation
August 18, 2017

Love Where You Live: Honoring a Truckee Community Leader

Lately, I have a robust Instagram thread running through my head. I see something, pause and say to myself “love where you live”. When you live in a place as spectacularly beautiful, consciously aware and gritty as Truckee, you could spend a whole lot of time adding to the over 720,000 posts tagged #lovewhereyoulive.

Really though, it’s the people that make the Sierra really special. The people who choose to endure a harsh winter climate, the influx of visitors that contribute to our economy, but test the limits of capacity and a job and housing market that is challenging on a good day.

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Steve Frisch
President

Steve Frisch

President

Steve is President of Sierra Business Council and one of its founding members. Over the last 20 years Sierra Business Council has leveraged more than $100 million of investment in the Sierra Nevada and its communities through community and public-private partnerships.  Sierra Business Council also manages the Sierra Small Business Development Center focusing on advancing sustainable business practices and linking new and expanding businesses to climate mitigation and adaptation funding. Steve manages SBC’s staff and programmatic development.

Prior to joining the Sierra Business Council, Steve owned and operated a small business in Truckee. Steve serves on the board of the California Stewardship Network, the Large Landscape Practitioners Network, the National Geographic Geo-tourism Council, Capital Public Radio, and Leadership For Jobs and a New Economy.  Steve is also a former Fulbright Exchange Program Fellow, sharing information and knowledge gained in the Sierra Nevada in China and Mongolia.  Steve is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Political Science.

 

Personal Highlights:

Steve lives in Truckee with his wife Lisa. He is an avid reader of history, politics, community planning and Sierra issues. Steve enjoys traveling the back roads, connecting to local history, camping and cooking.

 

August 10, 2017

It's Not Too Late to Save Giant Sequoia National Monument

Nearly 20 years ago President Bill Clinton designated the 328,000-acre Giant Sequoia National Monument within the boundaries of Sequoia National Forest.

The decision was not made lightly, but after careful consideration and a strong science based approach to assess the boundaries necessary to protect the numerous groves of Giant Sequoia within the Monument.

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Paul Ahrns
Program Director

Steve Frisch

President

Steve is President of Sierra Business Council and one of its founding members. Over the last 20 years Sierra Business Council has leveraged more than $100 million of investment in the Sierra Nevada and its communities through community and public-private partnerships.  Sierra Business Council also manages the Sierra Small Business Development Center focusing on advancing sustainable business practices and linking new and expanding businesses to climate mitigation and adaptation funding. Steve manages SBC’s staff and programmatic development.

Prior to joining the Sierra Business Council, Steve owned and operated a small business in Truckee. Steve serves on the board of the California Stewardship Network, the Large Landscape Practitioners Network, the National Geographic Geo-tourism Council, Capital Public Radio, and Leadership For Jobs and a New Economy.  Steve is also a former Fulbright Exchange Program Fellow, sharing information and knowledge gained in the Sierra Nevada in China and Mongolia.  Steve is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Political Science.

 

Personal Highlights:

Steve lives in Truckee with his wife Lisa. He is an avid reader of history, politics, community planning and Sierra issues. Steve enjoys traveling the back roads, connecting to local history, camping and cooking.

 

August 04, 2017

Increasing Your Energy Efficiency Options: The Story of PACE Financing

As you may have heard, the State of California recently set a number of ambitious goals to reduce our impact on the environment. Unsurprisingly, many of these goals face multiple barriers with the potential to impede their progress. Two of these goals in particular: “50% renewable electricity” and “Double energy efficiency savings at existing buildings” are limited by the availability of financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. SBC has seen this firsthand. Thankfully, opportunities have been developed to help overcome such barriers. 

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Jessica Carr
Program Manager

Steve Frisch

President

Steve is President of Sierra Business Council and one of its founding members. Over the last 20 years Sierra Business Council has leveraged more than $100 million of investment in the Sierra Nevada and its communities through community and public-private partnerships.  Sierra Business Council also manages the Sierra Small Business Development Center focusing on advancing sustainable business practices and linking new and expanding businesses to climate mitigation and adaptation funding. Steve manages SBC’s staff and programmatic development.

Prior to joining the Sierra Business Council, Steve owned and operated a small business in Truckee. Steve serves on the board of the California Stewardship Network, the Large Landscape Practitioners Network, the National Geographic Geo-tourism Council, Capital Public Radio, and Leadership For Jobs and a New Economy.  Steve is also a former Fulbright Exchange Program Fellow, sharing information and knowledge gained in the Sierra Nevada in China and Mongolia.  Steve is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Political Science.

 

Personal Highlights:

Steve lives in Truckee with his wife Lisa. He is an avid reader of history, politics, community planning and Sierra issues. Steve enjoys traveling the back roads, connecting to local history, camping and cooking.

 

July 28, 2017

Valuing Vacation: A Boost to Employee and Employer Alike

Ah, vacation. The word alone conjures memories of lakes, rivers, cabins, camping trips, Yosemite, the beach…just to name a few of my own. Those were the summers of my youth, those three glorious months off between school years.

Alas, they had to end sometime. I have to say though, doesn’t it seem like the kids are living it right with all that free time to explore?

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Chelsea Walterscheid
Program Manager

Chelsea Walterscheid

Program Manager

Chelsea works with the Business Innovation team as part of the Sierra Small Business Development Center. Chelsea has been around local, small businesses her whole life as many members of her family are small business owners. She spent decades working for small businesses in Historic Downtown Truckee and produced Truckee Thursdays for the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association. Working with the many artisans on a micro-business level was some of her most enjoyable work. Currently, Chelsea’s work includes managing the Gold Country Broadband Consortium and BlueTechValley. In addition to working at SBC, Chelsea volunteers with the Truckee Chamber; plans the annual Old Timers’ Picnic; co-chairs Truckee Day; and can be found advocating for her hometown on many different levels. 

Personal Highlights:

Chelsea was born and raised in Truckee and has always been passionate about Truckee’s unique history. She ran the Old Jail Museum for many years and loves giving tours of Historic Downtown Truckee every year to local third graders. Chelsea remains active with the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, helping produce the Truckee Follies, Cocktail Bingo, and Art & Soul Truckee ArtWalk. Chelsea and her husband, John, have a son in college studying auto mechanics and a daughter in her last year of school at Truckee High. 

July 25, 2017

Building Better Broadband: We Just Need Your Speed!

SBC is working to improve broadband infrastructure in the Sierra Nevada (something we're extemely excited about!), but before we get into the nitty gritty, let's back up a moment. What is broadband, anyway? The textbook answer is this: broadband is telecommunication in which a wide band of frequencies is available to transmit information.

In other words: high-speed internet. 

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