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The survey addresses the Mother Lode’s economic challenges and opportunities

Sonora, CA – A new survey targeting the Mother Lode’s economic challenges and opportunities will be used to strategize for the future.

The confidential ten-question online survey includes questions related to important assets, what challenges need to be addressed and how to improve long-term economic stability. The Central Sierra Economic Development District (CSEDD), along with the North State Planning and Development Collective at California State University, Chico and Chabin Concepts. These groups are in the initial phase of updating the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the five-county CSEDD region. It serves Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties, along with the cities of Sonora and Angels Camp.

Organizers are seeking feedback from a cross-section of the community to ensure that a good cross-section of the region learns as much as possible about local economies. The online survey can be found here. Those who would like a paper copy of the survey can contact Vicki Doll, Chabin Concepts, at or 530-345-0364.

The EDD helps establish a strategic plan or economic development roadmap for regional collaboration, known as a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). It is a strategic plan for regional economic development, according to district officials. They added: “A CEDS is the result of a ‘regionally owned’ planning process designed to guide the economic prosperity and resilience of an area or region. It provides a coordination mechanism for individuals, organisations, local governments and industry private sector can engage in meaningful conversation and debate about the economic direction of their region.”

For more information on the economic strategy plan, contact David Thoeny, Executive Director of the Mother Lode Job Training/Central Sierra Economic Development District at (209) 536-4501 or email dthoeny@mljt .org For more information on economic development districts in general and how they are designated, click here.


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