BOARD OF DIRECTORS SPOTLIGHT
John Hidahl (El Dorado County)
John Hidahl is District 1 Supervisor for El Dorado County and a member of GSEC’s Board of Directors. Learn more about why he values economic development, working with GSEC and living and working in the Greater Sacramento region in the Q&A below.
As a regional leader, why is economic development important to you?
Economic development is critical to promoting regional prosperity, and meeting the growing needs for technology and good paying jobs within our regional communities. In El Dorado County, our General Plan defines a jobs-to-housing ratio goal to acquire high-quality local employment opportunities for all our working residents, many of whom commute to work outside the county. Our non-college bound youth should be able to live and work within their home county.
What excites you most about being part of GSEC?
The regional collaborative efforts that provide economic growth opportunity analysis, referral resources and innovative ideas beyond what our county could realize on its own.
What do you like most about living and doing business in the Greater Sacramento region?
The quality of life offered in our region is exceptional and unique in the state. The Sacramento region offers very diverse housing and employment choices, while being close to the Bay Area/Pacific Ocean, and the recreational enjoyment of the high Sierras and Lake Tahoe.
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engagED voices feature key initiatives in the region to educate community members about the developments underway in our region. For this month’s feature, we talked with Citrus Heights Economic Development and Community Engagement Director, Meghan Huber, about the Citrus Heights Block Party Trailer. Read on to learn more.
engagED voices feature key initiatives in the region to educate community members about the developments underway in our region. For this month’s feature, we talked with GSEC Board Member, Dwayne Crenshaw, President and CEO of the Greater Sacramento Urban League about the exciting project “Hub in the Heights” being led by GSUL. Read on to learn more.