Truckee throws hat in ring – County town would like to be headquarters of new conservancy |

Truckee throws hat in ring – County town would like to be headquarters of new conservancy

The Truckee Town Council and the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce are sending letters to regional and state officials involved in the start-up of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, letting them know that Truckee is interested in serving as the headquarters of the new state agency.

Truckee – along with headquarters candidates Nevada City, Auburn, Colfax and Placerville – are all situated near the midpoint of the conservancy boundaries that stretch from near Bakersfield to the Oregon border. They also have similar degrees of accessibility to Sacramento, where the seven state representatives of the 13-member board will be stationed.

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy, signed into law in September by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will direct funding into the 22 mountain counties that hold the bulk of many of the state’s natural resources.

While Truckee officials say that the town has significant virtues in location, current nonprofit headquarters and natural setting, the letter that the town will send out will be “low key,” said Tony Lashbrook, Truckee community development director.

The letter will say, “Truckee’s here, we’re interested, so when you begin your selection process, we want to be involved,” Lashbrook said.

The sales pitch, some council members said, will come after the state sets the criteria for a headquarters location.

“I think that it is a really good idea to be gearing up to make a presentation highlighting some of the attributes (of Truckee),” said Town Councilwoman Barbara Green.

Councilman Josh Susman said the effort to snag the conservancy is an opportunity for collaboration throughout the Sierra, and the town should work to make partners, not adversaries, in the search for a headquarters.

“Make friends of cities rather than go head-to-head,” advised Susman.

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