Nevada County Economic Resource Council names additional speakers for April economic development summit |

Nevada County Economic Resource Council names additional speakers for April economic development summit

Mayors from three towns and cities ranked as some of the most vibrant communities in the country are lined up to speak at the Nevada County Economic Resource Council’s annual economic development summit this April. Georgia Tuttle, the mayor of Lebanon, N.H., Rosalynn Bliss, the mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Paul Soglin, the mayor of Madison, Wis., will all be part of a panel discussion at the event. The discussion will be led by Matt Carmichael, the vice president and editor of

The website ranks the country’s most liveable small-to-medium sized cities, based on data around economy, housing, education, amenities, demographics and more. The company also works with communities to develop marketing programs to attract residents and visitors. In 2015, the magazine ranked Lebanon as the country’s top small town. Madison was ranked the country’s top small-to-medium sized city; Grand Rapids also placed on that list, at number 96.

In addition to moderating the panel, Carmichael will serve as one of the keynote speakers at the event, which will take place from 1-5 p.m. on April 7 at the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley.

The summit is designed to bring leaders in business, technology, community and government from across the region together to discuss job creation and local industry. This year’s event will focus on promoting the region’s workforce talent, outdoor opportunities, technology sector, arts scene and lifestyle.

The ERC has also lined up Scott Lenet, the founder and president of Touchdown Ventures, to deliver a keynote speech at the event. The venture capital firm has offices in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco, and has been heavily involved in the ERC’s efforts to develop its digital media campus, an education and training center designed to attract broadcast and video technology companies to the area and boost the county’s economy.

Touchdown Ventures has been working to create a global advisory board and contribute to public relations efforts for the digital media campus, which the ERC hopes to bring to life in 2017.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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