Dear North Valley THRIVE,


We hope that you are doing well and that you are taking care of yourselves. There are so many moving pieces, and we want to ensure that you stay informed and connected. Here is a quick overview of some of the work. 

We would like to give a huge shoutout to CPBS Central California Regional Manager Danna Stroud who has been a great support to our region. She also presented to the San Joaquin Council of Governments.


The Data Team led by Dr. Pogue is working with the different Institutions of Higher Education in our region to complete our baseline assessment. If you know of any informational resources that consider the needs and opportunities of the economy, environment, and public health of our area, such as datasets, plans, reports, studies, please share it with our data team by filling this form.

Oversight and accountability

Thanks to our fiscal agent Merced College for taking the lead on submitting our regions monthly reports to the State. Our regional convener hosted the initial meeting with the budget committee on May 30th. The budget committee is made up of individuals who want to help shape our vision for our budget. The purpose of this group is to review and provide guidance on the proposed budget, as well as to improve the transparency and readability of the budget document before it goes to for approval. Our we are grateful to those who have volunteered to serve in this committee. Thank you to Steve Russo, Moses Zapien and Perfecto Munoz for your participation and feedback in our first meeting this week.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please reach out to Rocci Jackson at

Stakeholder Mapping and Community Engagement

During the first phase of this work (June-August 2023), the County Coordinators will work within their respective communities to connect with neighborhoods and populations that have traditionally faced disinvestment, marginalization, and negative economic outcomes. The coordinators will engage with community and faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood groups, coalitions, youth programs, and more to help inform residents of this initiative and invite them to participate by sharing their priorities, life experiences, and values in Stakeholder Meetings. This information will be embedded into the project development and prioritization process of this initiative.


Request for Qualifications

To get community voices involved in this process, North Valley THRIVE seeks responses to the following Request for Qualifications from nonprofit organizations that have a background in racial equity and knowledge of the unique challenges that face communities that have been historically disinvested. We are looking for organizations in Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties with which to partner in its effort to engage a diversity of ethnic communities, urban and rural neighborhoods, stakeholder and advocacy groups, and other constituencies. For more information and to apply, click here


Coalition Meetings


To create space to hear from one another, get up-to-date information and collaborate we have scheduled the following online and in person meetings: 

June 28th from 2:00PM-2:45PM

August 23rd from 2:00PM-2:45PM

December 20th from 2:00PM-2:45PM


North San Joaquin Valley BEAM Awarded $3.6 million from The Economic Development Pilot Fund 


Congratulations to The Bioeconomy, Agriculture, and Manufacturing (BEAM) Initiative, for their $3.6 million award! BEAM is a cross-sector collaboration to advance the circular bioeconomy in the North San Joaquin Valley, with a focus on accelerating bio-based innovations and the manufacturing industry cluster that complement the region’s strength in food and agriculture while creating family-sustaining jobs across the region.

The Economic Development Pilot was created to fund projects that have emerged from existing regional processes or plans and are ready for implementation and showcase innovative projects that advance the goals of Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF). The Economic Development Pilot funded projects that are not directly tied to the CERF Planning and Implementation phases but that illustrate the types of projects that may be funded during the Implementation phase of the program.

Details regarding awarded projects can be found here.


Contact information

Please help us get our contact list updated so that we can get consistent information from all of our organizations by completing this short survey.

If you ever have any questions or need any advice, don't hesitate to touch base with us.


North Valley Thrive Team