Reaching community: Economic Resource Council hires temporary director of community outreach |

Reaching community: Economic Resource Council hires temporary director of community outreach

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council added a familiar face to its team.

Gil Mathew, former owner of Plan It Solar and the former CEO and president of the council, has returned to the council as the new director of community outreach.

The decision was announced during the council’s Thursday meeting.

“It’s a much more optimistic time for me to come back to the (Economic Resource Council),” Mathew said at the meeting, noting that unemployment numbers have dropped and the economy is doing better than 10 years prior when he was leading the council.

Mathew said his role is meant “to assist in raising funds so the organization can continue doing the work it’s been doing for approximately 25 years now.”

The community outreach director said his challenge will be “expanding the sphere of influence” of the council by helping bring businesses to meetings, connecting them to resources and generally helping them get organized.

“Most companies don’t have a business plan,” he said.

Mathew plans to find new businesses, or expanding businesses, through various media channels, referrals and by partaking in community events.

In August, the council will evaluate Mathew’s progress to consider if the position is worth keeping, he said.

Contact Sam Corey at 530-477-4219 or at

Correction: Gil Mathew was a former owner of Plan It Solar.

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