Centering Communities in Economic Development

Redwood Region RISE (Resilient Inclusive Sustainable Economy) is working together to bring good, sustainable jobs to communities in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino Counties and Tribal Lands. We are part of the $600 million state-wide initiative called “California Jobs First” (previously known as Community Economic Resilience Fund, CERF) to promote a sustainable and equitable recovery from the economic distress of COVID-19.

North Coast Opportunities (NCO) is Redwood Region RISE’s Engagement & Outreach partner, the Arcata Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is our Fiscal Agent, and the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) serves as Redwood Region RISE’s Regional Convener. 

Not Business as Usual

Redwood Region RISE is deeply committed to establish an inclusive regional Collaborative that centers community voices that don’t always participate in or benefit from economic development planning processes. Through Jobs First, Redwood Region RISE aims to:

  1. Create quality jobs for workers in our Region;
  2. Pursue durable, inclusive economic growth (diversifying our economies);
  3. Get us closer to a carbon neutral future.

Join Our Efforts!

Would you like to join our efforts and have your voice heard? There are many ways to get involved:

Join Redwood Region RISE and help create an economic vision for our Region, build strong (regional) relationships, gain access to training, and amplify the stories of our community's resilience and ingenuity. You can find more information on our website. We hope to work with and learn from you!

Want to get involved? Email us at for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!


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