Building Fair, ‘Development Made Easy’ hosted at Rood Center Friday in Nevada County |

Building Fair, ‘Development Made Easy’ hosted at Rood Center Friday in Nevada County

Sheila Stein of the Nevada County Association of Realtors, left, Nevada County Director of Building Craig Griesbach, and Barbara Bashall, executive director of the Nevada County Contractors’ Association, are collaborating on "Development Made Easy" building fair, which they hope becomes an annual event.
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What: “Development Made Easy: Success From Start to Finish” building fair

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday

Where: Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City

Who: Co-sponsored by County of Nevada, the Nevada County Contractors Association and the Nevada County Association of Realtors

Info: Contact Craig Griesbach at or 530-265-1583

If developing property to construct a home or commercial building — and dealing with government agencies, contractors, utility companies, financial institutions and real estate professionals — seems like a confusing hodgepodge of rules and regulations, a public event Friday at the Eric Rood Government Center in Nevada City seeks to turn confusion into clarity.

A building fair, organized much like a home show, with the theme, “Development Made Easy: Success From Start to Finish,” will be held both inside and outside of the county government center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The four-hour event is co-sponsored by the County of Nevada, the Nevada County Contractors Association, and the Nevada County Association of Realtors, and will feature expert speakers and several information booths.

The building fair –– the first of what organizers hope will become an annual event –– is free to the public, with plenty of parking at the Rood Center, located off Highway 49 above Nevada City.

Topics scheduled to be explored will feature building contractors, local government agencies, construction lenders, insurance companies, solar companies, design professionals, real estate experts, septic system and water well contractors, and others who will answer questions and help attendees better understand the local building process.

In addition, the government center’s popular cafe´ will be prepared for a large crowd and food trucks will be present near the booths.

Sheila Stein, chair of the Education Committee of the Nevada County Association of Realtors® organization, explained that a wide range of activities will take place during the building fair, making it an excellent time to talk with county staff and construction-related professionals in an informal setting.

“There will an array of vendors and speakers, including representatives of the county’s planning, environmental health and building departments,” Stein said. “We believe that those who attend will be pleasantly surprised to discover just how easy it is to work with government agencies and construction-related professionals on all aspects of permitting,” explained the former Nevada City planning commissioner and city councilwoman.

The general public is encouraged to attend, as well as any contractors, real estate professionals, or others with an interest in learning more about the local construction industry and government permitting process.

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