RCRC wishes to thank the participants of the 2021 Annual Meeting, our generous sponsors, and the expert panelists who, together, made this a memorable event.

This year over 250 participants, including rural government representatives from RCRC’s 37 member counties, attended the Annual Meeting set over three days at the Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay.  The event featured a variety of experts discussing issues relevant to rural counties and critical matters facing California’s future. Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta served as the keynote speaker providing his observations on the dangers of a growing bipartisan divide as well as the need for rural counties to come together to advocate on important issues like catastrophic wildfire. Attendees were also treated to engaging panel discussions on the implications of California migration, the state and national political landscape, current challenges to California’s military, and the significance of water studies occurring in space and in California.  

“The RCRC Annual Meeting is an important event for local government leaders throughout California to engage in meaningful dialogue for the benefit of rural communities,” said RCRC Board Chair and Mono County Supervisor Stacy Corless. “We are thankful to the many amazing speakers and sponsors that brought such value to this year’s meeting in Monterey County.”

“It has been an honor to host RCRC’s Annual Meeting here in Monterey County,” said RCRC Board Delegate and Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez. “The event highlighted key issues of interest to rural communities, that have real and lasting impacts on the lives of all Californians. It was a privilege to create the space for conversation and debate while showcasing our county to leaders from across the state.”

During the annual favorite Auction Dinner and Basket Drawing, generosity was the currency of the evening as participants raised over $55,000 for select charities in the County of the Chair.

Mark your calendars for the next Annual Meeting scheduled for September 14-16, 2022 in Napa County! We hope to see you there.