Recognizing the geographic size, diversity, and complexity of the region and the need to balance power among stakeholders and across multiple jurisdictions, Valley CERF offers a collaborative governance structure and decision-making process that allows for maximum input and inclusion at the local level. It then provides that local tables will collectively build the region’s four-county inclusive economic development plan, as illustrated and described below:
Four Local High Road Transition Collaboratives – The Local HRTCs will undergo independent, inclusive processes to identify local needs and priorities, oversee community engagement, and support the collaborative governance structure.
Stakeholder Groups in the Local HRTCs – Consistent with the SFP, the Local HRTCs will be comprised of the following seven Stakeholder Groups (consolidated groupings of the 13 identified stakeholder groups by the state) with five Representative Stakeholders in each: (1) Labor/Worker Centered Organizations; (2) Employers, Business Associations, and Economic Development Organizations; (3) Education, Workforce Development and Training; (4) Local Governments; (5) Tribal entities; (6) Environment and Environmental Justice; and (7) CBOs and Community Voices.
Regional High Road Transition Collaborative – The first 18 months of Valley CERF will be focused on the Local HRTCs and their community engagement, research, and development of local priorities and strategies for creating an inclusive and sustainable economy. Once those local priorities and strategies are developed, representatives from each of the Local HRTCs will form the Regional HRTC.