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Redwood Coast Region Economic Development Summit

Growing Forward: Shape the Change

Join Us for the 2nd Annual Redwood Coast Region Economic Development Virtual Summit

September 22-23, 2022

Growing Forward: Embrace the Change is a two-day virtual economic summit designed to foster innovative thinking throughout our region of Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, and Mendocino Counties, as well as adjacent tribal lands. 

Our goal is to identify shared economic opportunities and strengthen collaboration amongst our businesses, economic development professionals, and leaders. The conference will center on conversations and networking with a focus on industry opportunities, infrastructure needs, and improving quality of life for all in the midst of a changing economic, climactic and cultural landscape.

We will hear from keynote speakers addressing relevant topics for our region, and engage in interactive breakout sessions on key regional focus areas.

This conference will be primarily virtual on September 22-23, 2022, but will include in-person networking opportunities in each county. In addition to the virtual presentations, participants will receive a conference package, including conference swag and a detailed program overview with highlights from our community.


Thursday, September 22 | Keynote Speakers

  • Senator Mike McGuire, California State Senate, 2nd District 
  • Tara Lynn Gray, Director of California Office of Small Business Advocacy 
  • Robert Eyler, Dean of the School of Extended and International Education at Sonoma State University
  • Caroline Beteta, President and CEO of Visit California
  • Ken Hamik, Futurist

Friday, September 23 | Interactive Breakout Sessions 

Session 1 Focus Area: Social Infrastructure

Medical Care, Child Care, Food Security, Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Education (formal & informal, child & adult), etc.

Session 2 Focus Area: Hard Infrastructure

Housing, Broadband, Ports & Airports, Roads & Transportation, Energy (microgrids, disaster preparedness), etc.

Session 3 Focus Area: Emerging & Transforming Industries

Food/Farming, Tourism, Aquaculture/Fishing, Building & Construction, Manufacturing, etc.

Did you participate in last year's Emerging Leaders event during the summit? If so, check out what's happening with Leadership Redwood Coast!

Email [email protected] with any questions. 

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