USDA and State Agencies Visit Tehama County

Monday, October 29, 2018

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In August, Tehama County economic development hosted a successful workshop with USDA, other state partners, and 30 local business owners that represented all major industries through Tehama County, to discuss state and federal regulations that make business expansion difficult in Tehama County.  The event, “Tehama County Business: Barriers and Progress” kicked off with Supervisor Bob Williams starting a round of introductions between the different business stakeholders, USDA State Director Vann, and representatives from The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO Biz), Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), and Assemblyman Gallagher’s Office.

The conversation then rolled into a discussion around state and federal regulations that make business in Tehama County difficult.  The dialogue lasted about two hours, and the themes that came up most frequently included a need for broadband and better Internet access, need for quality workforce housing, and issues around keeping up with the costs of government regulation.  Costs of government regulation are born out in two ways: direct costs like the gas tax, and indirect costs through administration and learning about new regulations and how to comply with them.

The group was treated to lunch served by Yess B’s Catering, and sponsored by RCRC.  Discussion among different business interests continued during lunch. And after lunch, USDA State Director Vann took the floor to talk about different programs she has available to help rural California.  Director Vann has worked with several of the attendees outside the conference to connect them to different programs available through USDA. And Tehama County economic development continues to work with Director Vann and her office on infrastructure funding to make sites in Tehama County shovel ready and attractive for development.

Category: Economic Development