About

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 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.


2
Days
6
Speakers
22
Sponsors
19
Sessions
22. - 23. September, 2022 | Zoom

Growing Forward: Shaping the Change — A Redwood Region Economic Summit

Sponsors

Platinum

Exhibitor

Speakers

Senator Mike McGuire
Senator Mike McGuire
California State Senate, 2nd District
Tara Lynn Gray
Director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA)
Robert Eyler
Professor of Economics at SSU Sonoma State University
Caroline Beteta
President and CEO of Visit California Visit California
Ken Hamik
Futurist
Susan Seaman
Susan Seaman
Mayor of Eureka & Summit Chair Arcata Economic Development Corporation

Program

Stages
Main Stage

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

Summit Welcoming & Opening with Senator McGuire and Tara Lynn Gray

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Susan Seaman
Senator Mike McGuire
Tara Lynn Gray

*Lunch Break*

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Conversation Room Hour

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Afternoon Keynote Speakers

1:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Robert Eyler
Caroline Beteta
Ken Hamik
Vocality Community Credit Union

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

*Lunch Break*

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Conversation Room: What can Vocality do for your small business?

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
College of the Redwoods

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

*Lunch Break*

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Conversation Room: College of the Redwoods’ Presidential Economic Innovation Fund Grants

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Redwood Capital Bank

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

*Lunch Break*

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Conversation Room: The Local Importance of a Community Banks as an Economic Driver for our Community

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
NorCal for Health, a project of the California Health Collaborative

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

*Lunch Break*

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Conversation Room: Which comes first, Community Wealth or Health?

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Leadership Redwood Coast

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

*Lunch Break*

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Conversation Room: What leadership qualities do you want to foster in order to "Shape the Change" in your community?

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Humboldt County Economic Development Division

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

*Lunch Break*

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Conversation Room: Humboldt County Economic Development Division (GoHumCo) Programs and Initiatives

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
CalPoly Humboldt

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

*Lunch Break*

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

What about Workforce?

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
North Coast Small Business Development Center

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

*Lunch Break*

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Conversation Room: How Cooperatives Build Family and Community Well-being

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lake County Tribal Health

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

*Lunch Break*

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Conversation Room: Expanding Healthcare in the midst of the pandemic

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Economic Development & Financing Corporation of Mendocino County

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

*Lunch Break*

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Conversation Room: How to access capital!

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Mo Harper-Desir, co-founder of Black Humboldt

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

*Lunch Break*

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Conversation Room: Catering to our Communities with Compassion

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM