Join Mountain Housing Council for a Think Tank Oct. 25

The Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee invites you to A Public Think Tank: Employer Solutions, to learn what employers and agencies both inside the region and from elsewhere are doing to address housing problems and retain employees – and to offer ideas of your own.

When: October 25, 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: North Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach

The evening will include a panel discussion on how the housing crisis affects our local economy, speakers sharing ready-to-implement solutions for employers, an open Solutions Slam for community members to share their own ideas and a networking session.

Speakers on the panel include:

Panel Facilitator: Kristin York, Sierra Business Council
Kristin is Vice President of Business Innovation for Sierra Business Council. Kristin leverages 20 years of experience in strategic planning, finance, operations, marketing, and business transformation to assist businesses thrive economically while understanding their environmental and social impact. At SBC, Kristin directs the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as well as the Gold Country Broadband Consortium and the Sierra Economic Development District.
Kristin is also a Professor of Sustainable Business at Presidio Graduate School, Board Chair for the Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation District, and serves as a Board member for the Tahoe Food Hub and the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation.

Panelist: Joy Doyle, North Tahoe Business Association
Joy has been the Executive Director of the North Tahoe Business Association (NTBA) since September 2011. Under Joy’s leadership, NTBA’s membership, sponsorships, partnerships, and events have significantly grown and the main commercial core of NTBA’s District, Kings Beach, has prospered. Prior to joining NTBA, Joy worked in marketing and events in the ski, travel/tourism, and outdoor industries. Joy has lived in Carnelian Bay since 1990 and is passionate about North Lake Tahoe.

Panelist: Cindy Gustafson, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
Cindy recently joined the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association as CEO. Previously, Cindy served as the General Manager at the Tahoe County Public Utility District, at which she maintained a storied and successful career for 26 years. Among the many roles Gustafson has played in serving the North Lake Tahoe community, key highlights include: five years spent as a Governor’s appointment on a State Commission; six years served as a member of the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency Board of Directors; founding board member of Excellence in Education; five years served as a member of the Truckee Tahoe School Board of Trustees; founding Chairperson of the Tahoe Fund; and two years on the Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory committee.

Panelist: Lynn Saunders, Truckee Chamber of Commerce
Lynn Saunders has served as the President/CEO of the Truckee Chamber of Commerce since 2002. Lynn oversees all Chamber programs for the business community and their 640 members, is a key leader in the Truckee Tomorrow collaborative economic development initiative, and oversees the management and operation of the Truckee California Welcome Center in the historic train depot downtown.
The Chamber recognizes the far-reaching impacts the housing situation is having on business and the community. That it’s making it: making it difficult for employers to attract and retain employees; having a negative impact on businesses bottom line; is a significant hurdle to businesses that might be thinking of moving here; and that it’s creating quality of life issues for Truckee.

Presenter: Kay Hartman, Mammoth Community Water District
Kay is the Human Resources Manager for Mammoth Community Water District. Kay has over 36 years of experience in all aspects of public sector personnel. She has extensive experience in public sector budget development and administration, and strategic planning that includes performance measures laying a course for sound personnel and management business practices. Presently, Kay administers and manages District-owned employee housing. Originally from South Dakota, Kay relocated to California to earn her degree from California State University, Fresno, and has remained in California since.

Presenter: Donald Terry, NeighborWorks Home Ownership Center, Sacramento Region
Donald serves as the Director of Real Estate Development for NeighborWorks Home Ownership Center, Sacramento Region, where he oversees single-family for sale affordable housing development in an 11-county region in Northern California. In addition, he manages the organization’s in-house realty services team and the Community Housing Services Department that contracts with multiple cities and counties to administer Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, and CalHome programs. Donald is also a local elected official first serving on the Sacramento City School Board from 2008 to 2012 and in 2012 elected to the Rancho Cordova City Council and is currently serving as Mayor.

Presenter: Jaime Wright, Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association
Jaime is the Executive Director of the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association (TNT-TMA) and has worked locally within Truckee and North Lake Tahoe both in private and public transit since 1999. Growing up in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe, mobility has always sparked an interest, motivating Jaime to continue her education and work experience with the field of transportation. Jaime began her career in the public sector working for Squaw Creek Transportation and then joined the TNT-TMA as the Program Manager in 2008, becoming the Executive Director of the TNT-TMA in 2013

Along with hearing from the panel, members of the public are encouraged to share their ideas both as part of the open Solutions Slam or in smaller groups as part of a networking portion of the meeting.

Click here to see what some local employers are already doing to make a difference