California Jobs First (CERF) - Placer & El Dorado COunties

California Jobs First/the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) is a $600 million statewide program that was created to promote a sustainable and equitable recovery from the economic distress of COVID-19 by supporting new plans and strategies to diversify local economies and develop sustainable industries that create high-quality, broadly accessible jobs for all Californians. Sierra Business Council works on two of the California Jobs First 13 regions throughout the state. 

California Jobs First represents an unprecedented investment in the Sierra Nevada, and through this program, SBC will be working towards:

  1. Creating thriving-wage opportunities for workers in our region
  2. Pursuing sustainable and equitable economic growth
  3. Supporting and growing climate-resilient careers and industries, working towards a carbon-neutral future

California Jobs First (CERF) Goals

in Placer and El Dorado Counties

As the Placer and El Dorado Subregion lead within the larger Capital Region (comprised of 8 counties: El Dorado, Placer, Colusa, Sacramento, Nevada, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba), Sierra Business Council will be working towards the shared vision to develop an equity-based low carbon economic plan through an inclusive, transparent, co-owned and subregional data-informed process.  The goal is to generate high-quality, sustainable, and equitable jobs, with clear pathways to new jobs for the historically left-out populations. 

What’s next for California Jobs First (CERF) in Placer & El Dorado Counties?

There is $9 million available for the Catalyst round of funding for all 8 counties in the Capital Region. Outreach is commencing Fall 2023. 

The Catalyst funds are for bridging the gap between planning and implementation, and should be applied to projects that are not yet “shovel-ready”. For example, the money could be for building capacity in existing organizations to build partnerships and align around shared CERF goals, to provide capital for pre-development stage projects to become shovel-ready, or to create loan funds/ programs/projects/collaboratives that will build a pipeline of viable projects aligned with CERF objectives. A list of projects that were funded in the pilot round of CERF can be found here

We’re collecting community input on what sort of projects, collaborations, and innovative solutions will best help your community. Please provide your input on this process via the survey linked in the button below. 

California Jobs First Regions:

The California Jobs First (CERF) program is divided into 16 regions throughout the State. Sierra Business Council is the lead convener for the “Eastern Sierra” Region (Comprised of Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Alpine, Inyo, and Mono counties). For more on that project, click here

Our partner organization Valley Vision, located in Sacramento, is the lead convener for the California Jobs First (CERF) Capitol Region, and has contracted Sierra Business Council to lead this program within their project’s subregion of Placer and El Dorado counties. We are also working with the Nevada County Economic Resource Council and Tahoe Prosperity Center as a subconvener on the Tahoe/Nevada CERF subregion.

Please note that the Placer – El Dorado processes are distinct from our Eastern Sierra CERF region. 

Timeline Overview

October 2023: Identify Stakeholders and begin Community Engagement and subregional committee meetings.  Bring in absent stakeholders.

November: Data analysis of the subregion’s Industry Areas and SWOT and begin to compile a list of projects for Catalyst fund submissions ($9 million per region).

December: Finalize subregional data analysis and the first round of outreach and compile a list of projects for submission for Catalyst round of funding

January-April 2024: Review and finalization of list of Submitted projects

May 2024: Projects Funded

Summer 2024: The Implementation fund guidelines will be released regarding the available $268 million statewide.  Our subregion will commence another outreach and engagement round for projects, and the subregional and regional collaboration will continue.

Join Us In Creating A More Resilient Sierra.

To learn more about this program, contact: 

Sarah Isabel Moe, Program Manger