COmmunity Economic Resilience Fund

The Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) is a 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.

SBC is now under contract with the State of California to serve as the convener and fiscal agent for the Eastern Sierra region, which includes Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Alpine, Inyo, and Mono counties. 

This critical grant will shape our future industries, diversify our economy, and provide for a better quality of life for all who call this region home. We’re looking forward to working together on both the challenges and opportunities presented by CERF. 

For Eastern Sierra CERF-related inquiries in Spanish, please reach out directly to SBC’s Eastside CERF Project Navigator, Magnolia Barra, by emailing or calling 530-582-4800 ext 124.

Eastern Sierra CERF Calendar

Upcoming Meetings & Events :

September 2023

  • HRTC Office Hours
  • Westside Focus Group: Columbia College Students
  • Westside Focus Group: Columbia College Students
  • Westside Focus Group: Young Faculty

High Road Transition Collaborative (HRTC)

After a rigorous review process, we are excited to release the names of  HRTC appointees to the Eastern Sierra CERF High Road Transition Collaborative  and its five subcommittees. As a reminder, the HRTC will guide the CERF process in the seven-county Eastern Sierra CERF region and determine what projects are ultimately funded by this initiative. 

Please note that we are still looking to fill several positions on the HRTC and its subcommittees. We plan to appoint those positions on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. If you know of possible candidates who can fill the open positions indicated in the link below, please have them contact us directly by emailing 

On August 17th, Sierra Business Council’s CERF (Community Economic Resilience Fund) program hosted the second meeting of the Eastern Sierra High Road Transition Collaborative (HRTC). Discussion centered on refining our targeted industry sectors as well as fleshing out the SWOT exercise for future deliverables.

Please email to request additional information if you have questions about any of our meetings. 

What's next?

Scheduling HRTC and subcommittee meetings and drafting Regional Summary: Part 1 (due Aug. 31)

Now that we have held our first HRTC meeting, our team is focused on convening the Eastern Sierra CERF subcommittees and finalizing our meeting schedules.  We will also be working on an important deliverable to the state, a Regional Summary (Part 1) of the Eastern Sierra CERF Region that is due August 31st. 

SBC and our partners have divided up the following components of Regional Summary Part 1: 

  • Stakeholder Mapping – SBC
  • Current Economic Development Status (Challenges/Barriers/On going work, etc) – SBC & North State
  • Current Economic Analysis (cost of living, average wages, employment in industries/sectors present in the region, etc) – SBC & North State
  • Public Health Analysis – Redwood Coast
  • Climate Projection Data – SBC (will also provide this data to North State and Redwood Coast)
  • Pollution Burden Data – SBC (will also provide this data to North State and Redwood Coast)
  • Labor Market Analysis – North State
  • Industry Clusters (existing, potential, growth opportunities, etc) – North State
  • Current Workforce Education and Training – North State
  • Regional SWOT Analysis – SBC  
We are also planning to host a virtual session for the HRTC after the EDD listening session on the CERF Catalyst Program to share our takeaways from the program and get the HRTC’s feedback for our comment letter. 

CERF Background Information:

What is the HRTC?

For background information on the HRTC, please check out the following resources: 

The High Road Transition Collaborative (HRTC) is composed of 21 voting members, and will include representation from the large geography of our Eastern Sierra region and all of the required and suggested stakeholders. A non-voting participant will chair the HRTC meetings. The Collaborative will conduct all of its meetings in a transparent public forum, in a hybrid-meeting format, with each stakeholder enjoying equal status and authority. They will be held alternately (depending upon weather) on the east side and west side of the Sierra crest. In-person attendance at a majority of the meetings (depending upon CDC guidelines and severity of COVID cases within the region) is expected.

Goals and Objectives: The HRTC Collaborative’s primary task is to review and vote on batches of projects as forwarded by the Project Identification Subcommittee. (See this committee’s charter for more details.) Batches of projects will be voted on as a block. Approved projects will be included in the final CERF Plan, also to be reviewed and approved by the Council. This plan will serve as the basis for all strategies and investments for the CERF Implementation Phase.

The Collaborative will also review other information as submitted by the subcommittees, potentially including but not limited to: analyses on industry sectors, public health, and climate, project vetting criteria, stakeholder feedback, and climate and equity principles.

Approximate Expected Time Commitments: Collaborative members will be expected to participate in one 1.5 hour-long hybrid meeting per month for 18-24 months, to commit to approximately 3 hours per month for document review and comment, and occasionally meet with community stakeholders.

  • Approximate Time Commitment: 6-8 hours per month or 70-90 hours per year
  • Proposed Number of Council Members: 21

Please Note:
Stipends will be available to voting members who are non-elected officials (and allowed to accept payment for meetings and committee obligations). Stipends are discretionary and intended to increase participation from stakeholders with lower resources or capacity to engage in the CERF process. Mileage and lodging costs will be reimbursed for all participating voting members if approved in advance.

2022 Listening Sessions Archive:

The following listening sessions were conducted during the Summer of 2022 as part of SBC’s CERF application process. 

CERF Listening Session, 7/13:

Comments or questions? Contact the Sierra Business Council CERF team by emailing:


CERF Listening Session, 6/15:

Comments or questions? Contact the Sierra Business Council CERF team by emailing:


CERF Listening Session, 6/1:


Join Us In Creating A More Resilient Sierra.

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