Solano EDC Speaker Series returns in virtual format

January 11 2023


FAIRFIELD — The Solano Economic Development Center Speaker Series returns Jan. 31 with a webinar that will focus on policy and advocacy exploring the legislation agenda for economic development.

Panelists include Micah Weinberg, Gurbax Sahota, Daniel Carrigg and Tracy Rhine.

Weinberg is the CEO of California Forward, a nonprofit organization that leads a movement to make the economy and government of California work for everyone in all of the state’s regions. He previously served as president of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, the leading think tank focused on the most critical economic and policy issues facing the Silicon Valley and San Francisco regions, and was a senior research fellow at New America.

Sahota is president and CEO of the California Association of Local Economic Development – the state’s largest economic development association – and is the executive director of the California Academy for Economic Development. She also holds a senior position with the California Economic Development Authority. Through her various positions she collaborates with 800 economic development member peers throughout the state to support the start, growth and sustainability of private enterprise in California. She believes in the importance and need to collaborate and create meaningful partnerships in order to accomplish the goal of creating healthy, wealthy communities. She turns this belief into action by leading multiple organizations aligned with the goal of helping businesses thrive in order to create economic opportunity for California’s residents.

Carrigg is senior policy advisor of Renne Public Policy Group. He is a political consultant with an extensive network of professional contacts and broad experience in legislative analysis, policy development, strategy and advocacy on issues affecting local government agencies developed over his 30-year career in Sacramento. He also serves as an adviser for California Association of Local Economic Development. He has served as deputy executive director and legislative director for the California League of Cities, where he oversaw the organization’s lobbying and policy development activities for many years. Prior roles include serving as senior consultant to the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, as well as serving as a legislative representative on public works, real estate and contracting for the state Department of General Services.

Rhine is senior policy advocate of Rural County Representatives of California. She joined the organization in 1026 as a legislative advocate and new represents RCRC on a variety of issues that include telecommunications, insurance, land use, and housing finance. She previously served as chief deputy director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, and prior to that worked in the Legislature both as a member consultant with the Speaker’s Office of Member Services and as a committee consultant with the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions. She began her career as a graduate research assistant with the Governor’s Office for Innovation in Government.

The webinar takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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