Announcements regarding hearings, grants, and public comment notices of importance to California's rural counties.


NACo Offers Workplace Mental Health Training

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is proud to offer an exclusive mental health training to the NACo membership in partnership with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing (NCMW). This training focuses on identifying, evaluating and responding to signs and symptoms of a mental wellbeing crisis or substance use scenario in the workplace. Equip your workforce with the skills and tools necessary to foster a supportive, high performing environment. If you are interested in learning more about the training program to see how the NACo Mental Health Workplace training may support your county, please sign up for an introduction here.


Federal Agencies to Co-Host Webinar on Rural Clean Energy Funding Opportunities

On June 27th, the White House Advisor on Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation, John Podesta, will welcome rural stakeholders to the Rural Clean Energy Funding Opportunities Across Federal Agencies virtual event.  Co-hosted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Treasury, the webinar will introduce a wide array of new and existing clean energy funding opportunities across federal agencies that are eligible to rural stakeholders, including farmers, homeowners, businesses, local governments, manufacturers, and nonprofits. The host agencies will provide an overview of over a dozen programs, including the eligibility, funding scale, and timelines for each program. Agencies will also provide general guidance on how federal programs can interact with each other. Stakeholders are invited to submit questions in advance and will have the opportunity to ask questions live from a panel of experts from each agency. Register here


Share Feedback on California's Outdoors for All Draft Strategy - Virtual Workshop June 29th

The California Natural Resources Agency is seeking your feedback on a draft strategy aimed at ensuring all Californians have access to the outdoors, regardless of their background or location. The Outdoors for All initiative’s draft strategy maps out how government, public and private partners can collectively build a movement to achieve equitable outdoor access.

How to Provide Feedback
The Natural Resources Agency will host a virtual workshop on June 29 to share information on the Outdoors for All initiative and gather public comment. A panel featuring CNRA Deputy Director for Access Katherine Toy, California State Parks Director Armando Quintero, and other public and private partners will share the goals of the initiative and invite feedback.

What: Virtual workshop on Outdoors for All initiative draft strategy
When: Thursday, June 29 at 1:00 PM
How: Register here:

To provide public comment, please register and indicate that you would like to do so by June 27.


PPIC Hosting Virtual Broadband Policy Conference

The Public Policy Institute of California is hosting a three-day virtual broadband policy conference on July 18, 19, and 20th. The topic is “Bridging California’s Digital Divide”, with daily 1-hour sessions on the state’s investment in broadband, local innovations, and ensuring equity. 

For more information and to register, see here.


CPUC To Host Upcoming Informational Webinar on Funding Opportunities for Broadband Projects

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will host an informational webinar on Wednesday, June 28th from 10am to noon explaining how California is closing the state’s digital divide through federal and state funding opportunities for local agencies and community-based organizations. Additionally, the CPUC will provide an explainer on the Broadband, Equity, and Access Deployment (BEAD) program, last mile Federal Funding Account, California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), broadband maps, and Digital Equity Plan program.

To register, see here.


Department of Conservation Monthly Discussions on Williamson Act Key Topics

Join Department of Conservation staff for a monthly discussion on key topics under the Williamson Act. County staff and members of the public are invited to these hour-long, virtual sessions where staff from DOC’s Division of Land Resource Protection (DLRP) discuss select topics, provide technical assistance, and invite questions on Williamson Act implementation.

Upcoming sessions in 2023 include:

  • August 17th – Public Acquisitions
  • September 21st – Solar Use & WA Contracts
  • October 19th – WA Enrollment Finder
  • November 16th – Open Question Hour

For questions, contact For more information, please visit


Career Opportunities

(NEW!) Mendocino County is seeking applicants for the position of Nutritionist in Ukiah, California (Annual salary $62,254.40 - $75,670.40). For details about the position or to apply, see here. Posting closes on July 11, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Shasta County is seeking applicants for the open positions of:

  • Deputy County Executive Officer (Monthly salary range approximately $10,775 - $13,752). For details about the position or to apply, see here.  The position closes July 3, 2023 at 12:00 PM. Download the job bulletin here.
  • (NEW!) Health Officer (Annual salary $201,588.00 - $257,304.00). For details about the position or to apply, see here. The position is open until filled. Download the job bulletin here.

Yolo County is seeking applicants for the position of Chief Financial Officer (Annual salary range: $166,088.00 - $201,884.80). Email a letter of interest and detailed resume to by Friday, July 7, 2023. The job announcement is found here, and the recruitment brochure may be viewed here

Joint Water Districts is seeking candidates for the position of Watermaster (Annual Salary range: $75,000 - $105,000 depending on experience and qualifications). View the job description and read the position announcement at The application deadline is Wednesday, July 15, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.



Access the State Grants Portal for a Multitude of Funding Opportunities

Billions of dollars are up for grabs to public agencies and other entities, including tribes and businesses. Grant seekers can access a centralized portal of grant and loan opportunities here, or sign up to receive new grant opportunities delivered straight to your inbox