There was a lot of interest in the Nevada County Economic Resource Council Annual Economic Development Summit yesterday as a large crowd filled the Center for the Arts to hear about how Nevada County startup businesses are doing and what the ERC has been able to accomplish in the past year.
Mary Owens is the current ERC Board Chair and says the past 12 months have been very busy. First they had the opening of the Green Screen Institute, then they launched the Connected Community Academy, that’s for young people who want to get into the technical area that need skill set enhancements and also for employers who have employees in that field that would like to improve there skill-sets.
Owens says the ERC also reached outside the county for a collaboration on Marketing.
One challenge for Nevada County will be having the housing to provide for the new workers that will be coming here with expansion of our economy. Keynote speaker, Economist, Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, raised the question; Does Nevada County want the growth needed to accommodate those workers? He also answers the question what will be the source of new workers into the future ?
Thornberg said if we want more workers we will need to build them housing. He says housing is at the top of the list for economic growth.