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AEDC receives $5 million grant for sustainable industries

On Friday. Arcata Economic Development Corporation announced it was awarded a $5 million grant from the California Community Economic Resilience Fund to work on a planning process to develop sustainable industries that will create high-quality, accessible jobs for all. AEDC will manage the funds on behalf of the Redwood Coast Region, which includes Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino and Lake Counties, and partner with the California Center for Rural Policy at Cal Poly Humboldt.

“AEDC has worked to provide financing for small businesses within these four counties for decades,” said AEDC Executive Director Ross Welch in a prepared statement. “These funds will allow us to collaborate and think even bigger, addressing infrastructure and community development projects and programs that support the entire region. We are thrilled to be part of it.”

The Redwood Region RISE (Resilient, Inclusive, Sustainable Economy) planning effort will run from November through September 2024 and produce a plan recommending project investments across the region that will grow industries and support goals to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

“(California Center for Rural Policy) is excited to leverage its long history of participatory research and engagement in the region in the service of CERF goals. Our mission is to set a table where people of all backgrounds, workers, business leaders, professionals and policymakers can collaborate towards a vision of a thriving, carbon neutral, and equitable future” said Dawn Arledge, CCRP Executive Director in a news release.

Coast Central announces $100K in grants

Coast Central Credit Union president and CEO James T. Sessa announced the board of directors approved $100,000 in grants through the community investment program’s spring round to 12 local organizations, bringing the total awarded to $2 million since 2008. A total of 48 non-profits had requested $600,000.

Fall 2022 recipients include:

Humboldt County

  • $20,000 to Eureka Rescue Mission for bunk beds and mattresses
  • $20,000 to Fortuna Senior Center for a bathroom for a new building
  • $10,000 to Telegraph Ridge Fire Protection for fire station repairs and upgrades
  • $9,800 to Hoopa American Legion Post 415 for a new roof on the community center
  • $6,600 to HCAR Bay Center for storage for the work program
  • $6,500 to Mattole Valley Resource Center for a back-up generator
  • $4,500 to Humboldt Bay Rowing Association for repairs on the boat trailer
  • $3,900 to Adult Day Health Care of Mad River for new office computers
  • $3,500 to Whitethorn Volunteer Fire District for new digital radios

Humboldt/Trinity Counties

  • $3,500 to Willow Creek Fire Safety for chipper maintenance for brush reduction

Del Norte County

  • $9,200 to Lighthouse Repertory Theatre for new equipment

Trinity County

  • $2,500 to Coffee Creek Volunteer Fire Dept for new radio supplies

“The program started 14 years ago as a way to give $100,000 per year to local non-profits as part of the longtime credit union motto, People Helping People,” stated Sessa. “Five years ago, we were very fortunate to be able to increase that to $200,000 annually.  We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to our members for their loyalty and our volunteer Board of Directors for their continued support of this level of giving.”

The spring 2023 round opens on Feb. 1, 2023, at


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