Supervisor's Corner with Bob Williams and Steve Chamblin, Winter 2019
Monday, February 04, 2019
In our last quarterly issue of the “Supervisors Corner”, our focus was on the job skills needed to more fully take advantage of employment opportunities in Tehama County and the efforts that are being made by our economic development team and our local schools in the area of Career Technical Education (CTE). I am happy to report that those efforts are not only ongoing but that we continue to work with our educational partners to seek out new, as well as enhance existing opportunities for our local students, whether they are youth or adult, that will increase their chances of a successful career.
To highlight some of the innovative CTE offerings in Tehama County, our Economic Development Liaison, Amanda Jenkins has begun to work on developing a series of short videos that will feature individual schools in the area and show what each has to offer in the area of CTE. Amanda has been working with Economic Development Coordinator, Caylyn Wright and us to develop an initial outline of what should be included in those videos, including some individual testimonials from teachers, students and potential employers. We look forward to the first production, so stay tuned!
As we begin the new year, we felt that it would be important in this issue to showcase some of the successes of our program. Last year was a busy year for our team and while there is still a lot to be done, we were successful in addressing some issues that have been lingering on our minds for quite some time.
- Manton Wineries
For years, the Manton wineries have wanted to have a “wayfinding” sign on Highway 36 East that would help direct traffic along that stretch of road to their businesses. Unfortunately, the State of California has a rule that such signage has to be within 10 miles of the business in order to be placed next to a State highway. Since the first winery is approximately 14 miles from the preferred intersection, we were forced to seek State legislation. Our team worked with Senator Jim Nielsen and his office staff to successfully come up with a “District Bill” that now will allow for a sign to be placed at the intersection of Highway 36 East and Manton Road, directing travelers to some delicious wines in the Manton area. Our economic development team is now assisting the wineries to engage with CalTrans in order to determine the specific requirements and costs for the installation of the new wayfinding signs.
- Capitol Display Update
As anyone who has been to the State Capitol in Sacramento probably knows, each individual county has a display in the Capitol to showcase what they have to offer in their respective county. Unfortunately, the last time the Tehama County display was updated was probably sometime in the 1980’s. For years efforts to find someone or some organization that would be willing to update and maintain our display have been unsuccessful. Fortunately, through the efforts of our team, and working with Joe and Heather Vine, we were successful in designing, funding and building a beautiful new Tehama County display that should be ready for installation very soon. Public viewing of a full-size mock-up is planned for the County Library in February.
- Wedding and Event Venues
In an area as beautiful as Tehama County, there is always a desire to hold outdoor events in many of our rural areas. This desire has led many local landowners to create business opportunities on their properties that provide for special events such as weddings, birthday parties, business conferences and other gatherings. Whether created as a supplement to an existing farming or ranching operation or as a stand-alone business on smaller acreage, issues with traffic, parking and noise are sometimes a challenge. Working with existing venues and the Tehama County Planning Department, we were able to develop a local ordinance that allows for a simple permit process that allows those businesses to continue to operate (within agreed upon guidelines), allows similar new businesses to open, and provides security to those operations that “goes with the land” and will allow future generations or new owners of the property to continue to operate.
- Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians MOU
After two years of discussions and introductions, we are happy to report that the County has successfully entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians that allows for a generous donation from the Nomlaki to Tehama County to help fund specific areas of interest to the Tribal Council. One such area of mutual interest is our program for economic development and job creation. After a presentation to the Tribal Council by Caylyn and Amanda, it was agreed that economic development was extremely important to the entire community and that they would like to not only share in the funding of the program but would like to work with our team in future projects.
- Future and Ongoing Projects
Looking forward, there continues to be a lot on our plates. As we continue to look at the newly rezoned South Avenue corridor in Corning and the “Opportunity Zone” declaration for that area, we will continue to have to deal with jumping a few hurdles in order to create an attractive area for business development and job creation. Not in just this region, but all over Tehama County, there is a need for improved infrastructure. Water and sewer, roads, cell service and high-speed broadband deployment are just a few of the things that our team continues to work on. We also continue to work with our education system, our local businesses, the State and any potential developer/employer that may come along. Our goal is to see existing business thrive and to attract new businesses that will provide good paying jobs for our citizens. Working together, with our community, we will succeed.