2019
Simone Cordery-Cotter
Simone Cordery-Cotter
Climate Analyst
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
Associate Director, Sierra SBDC
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
Chelsea Walterscheid
Program Manager
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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Peter Brown
Peter Brown
CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow: Gold Country Broadband Consortium
March 07, 2019

To Italy and Back Again: A Tale of Two Grand Operas Set in the Sierra

As a fan, partaker, and participant in opera, it never occurred to me that moving to the Sierra Nevada would land me in the very landscapes, towns, and stories that inspired some of opera’s most influential works of art.

Join me downstage as I dive into past and present of the arts that brought visions of America’s wild west to the world. 

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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.

March 01, 2019

SBC's 2019 Legislative Outlook for the Sierra

The new 2019-2020 legislative session is officially underway. This means SBC’s Government Affairs team, under Chris Mertens’ astute leadership, is busy reviewing bill introductions, gathering information from partners and legislative staff, and identifying priority legislation for engagement by SBC and our coalition groups and colleagues.

This year, we are focusing on the following policy areas through our work with the SBC-led Sierra Consortium, Tahoe Truckee Mountain Housing Council, SBC’s Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership, California Tahoe Conservancy, Pioneer Community Energy, and other regional partners:

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