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RSG Presenting on Community Economic Development on Tuesday, October 20 at 2:45pm at CALED Keys ACE Course

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RSG Principal Jim Simon is presenting a course on inclusionary community and neighborhood development at the Introduction to Economic Development Certificate Program (“Keys Course”), hosted by the California Association of Local Economic Development (“CALED”) in October 2020. The course will inform economic development leaders in California about leveraging funding sources (State and Federal), business retention and expansion efforts, and community engagement to promote inclusionary and equitable economic development in communities throughout California.

COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented decline in economic activity in 2020, increasing demand for government services while simultaneously limiting resources. Cities alone do not possess the resources to address the economic fallout in their communities, so it is essential that municipal economic development leaders develop partnerships with local non-governmental organizations who advocate for economic development behind the scenes. RSG interviewed leaders from three such organizations – OCCURD (Oakland), Central Valley Community Foundation, and Economic Resources Corporation (Lynwood) – to gain insights about best practices for local governments to reach out to and strengthen partnerships with community development organizations.

The Keys Course is hosted by CALED in partnership with the California Academy for Economic Development, Fresno State University, and the University Business Center. More information about CALED and the Keys Course can be found here.