Announcements regarding hearings, grants, and public comment notices of importance to California's rural counties.
CARB Announces Annual Reporting for Off-Road Diesel Fleets
As of January 1, 2021 annual reporting begins for the In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets—also called the Off-Road Regulation. This Off-Road Regulation requires fleets to report their off-road diesel equipment to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) by March 1, 2021. Annual reports must also include up to date contact information and engine hour meter readings for low-use vehicles. General information about the Off-Road Regulation is available here. For guidance on how to submit an annual report, see here or contact the DOORS hotline for more information, 1-877-593-6677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rural Regions Connect Virtual Conference - Sponsored by RCRC
RCRC is a proud sponsor of the Rural Regions Connect Virtual Conference taking place on Thursday, January 28th from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. This inaugural, daylong event is designed to help businesses in the 37 rural counties of California access leading experts in top industries to help them capitalize on disruptions and transformations begun in 2020 and accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a free, virtual event designed to work around your schedule and interests - you can select the sessions that most interest you and design a conference agenda that meets your needs. For more information, see the event flyer or go directly to the conference website.
The goal of the conference is to provide key information to assist with the business decision-making process, deliver sound advice on how to leverage new opportunities, and provide direct access to state, federal and international business services. Speakers include key representatives from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, U.S. Department of Commerce, California Restaurant Association, U.S. Small Business Administration, and McKinsey & Company, among many others. You can also sign up for individual no-cost consulting sessions with experts from the California Small Business Development Center Network, Sacramento Business Connect and SF Business Connect to discuss your particular business situation and opportunity.
CARB Announces One-Stop Regulatory Compliance Webinar For Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
On January 25, 2021 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is hosting a free virtual event, with one-on-one assistance available, on regulatory compliance, financial assistance, and new technologies. Presentation topics include:
- On-Road and Off-Road Regulations
- Vehicle and Engine Certification and Compliance Program
- Reporting into TRUCRS
- Heavy-Duty Inspection and Maintenance Program
- Department of Motor Vehicles' Commercial Registration
- CARB Enforcement Inspection Demonstration
- California Highway Patrol's Basic Inspection of Terminals
- New Vehicle Technology
- Funding Opportunities
To register for this one day event, please see here.
California Water Commission Water Conveyance Public Workshops
The California Water Commission is conducting a series of public workshops as part of its efforts to assess a potential state role in financing conveyance projects that could help meet needs in a changing climate. The Commission encourages broad participation, with the goal of learning from diverse voices across the state. Workshops have already occurred for Southeastern California and Southern California have already. For more information, visit the Programs and Topics page.
Remaining Workshop: Central California – Tuesday, January 26, 2021 (register now)
Workshop is from 2:45-5 p.m. (entry to meeting site opens at 2:30 p.m.)
GO-Biz Announces Cannabis Equity Grants Available for Local Jurisdictions
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has announced $15 million is available in Fiscal Year 2020-21 for cities and counties to promote equity and eliminate barriers to populations and communities that were disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. Local Jurisdictions may be awarded up to $75,000 for assistance on cannabis equity program development, or up to $5 million in assistance for cannabis equity program applicants and licensees to gain entry to the state’s regulated cannabis marketplace. Grant applications must be submitted by February 1, 2021. Grants will be awarded no later than May 14, 2021. For more information on this grant and how to apply, see here.