Reclaiming the Sierra

Workshop: Stimulating Gold Country Economies – Building the Workforce, and Smart Growth

This workshop was held at The Sierra Fund’s annual conference “Reclaiming the Sierra: A Community Summit on Mining Impacts” held November 8-9, 2010 in Nevada City, California.

Workshop Notes

Synopsis: Rural communities, struggling with economic depressing and the loss of mining and forestry jobs are looking to a new economy based on tourism, recreation, resources management and real estate.  Assessing and cleaning up abandoned mines at the center of our Gold Country towns helps to create jobs, promote smart growth, and protects California’s water quality.   Facilitator Jonathan Kusel, Sierra Institute for Community and Environment.

Click on the speaker below to see their presentation (if available)

Reinette Senum, Nevada City Council: Nevada City’s EPA funded Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup project and how it dovetails with their sustainability efforts

Joe Heckel, Grass Valley Community Development Agency: The current Brownfields Community-Wide assessment project underway in Grass Valley and why the City decided to conduct the assessment as part of their “smart growth planning”

Steve Wilensky, Calaveras County Board of Supervisors: Linking mine remediation to job training and building a workforce to reclaim the Sierra