Jobs, Economic Development and Sustainable Communities
USDA report on 43 local forums held across the state to set policy priorities and strategies for rural California. Submitted by Glenda Humiston, State Director USDA Rural Development.
"Through these amazing partnerships we were able to connect with almost 900 Californians from all reaches of California. We heard from farmers, business owners, non-profit groups, housing organizations, economic development professionals, school officials, health care organizations, tourism councils, tribal nations, and ordinary citizens concerned about their communities. These participants voiced their issues and shared their ideas for stimulating the local economies and creating jobs. And what did we learn? We found that over and over again the same themes were being discussed across California. People in Tulare County faced issues seen in Tehama County and people in Imperial County shared the same concerns with those in Inyo County."