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Forums to discuss affordable housing needs

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The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association are working together to address the regional affordable housing shortage, how it affects the business community, and what the business community can do about it.

Both organizations have combined forces to produce a series of regional housing forums scheduled for May 2, May 24 and June 14.

“To solve our regional shortage, the employment community needs to get informed, identify workable solutions, and then develop strategies and partnerships to address the problem,” said Breeze Cross, owner of Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company in both Truckee and Tahoe City.

“Breeze is not the only business owner stating this opinion. Members of both the Chamber and the Resort Association are complaining of their inability to hire and retain employees,” said Rachelle Pellissier, President/CEO of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.

The first forum in the series is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2. Rachelle Pellissier of the Truckee Donner Chamber and Phil McKenney of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association will begin the presentation with an overview of the employment situation and an analysis of the Employee Labor/Pool Survey, which was completed by members of both organizations.

A representative of the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors will address what has occurred with the price of housing in the area and the median price of housing.

Bill Combs, principal planner of Eastern Placer County and Mark Heckey, redevelopment program manager for Placer County, will address Eastern Placer County affordable housing and future community development plans.

Tony Lashbrook, community development director for the Town of Truckee will address the same topics for Truckee.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has been invited to comment on future policy regarding affordable housing.

The following forums will be held May 24 and June 14. All three forums will be held at the North Lake Tahoe Conference Center located at 8318 North Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach from 3 to 5 p.m.

There is no cost to attend the forums, but reservations are requested. Make the reservation with the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at (530) 587-2757 or e-mail to info@truckee.com.

For further information contact Rachelle Pellissier of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at (530) 587-2757 or e-mail to rachelle@truckee.com or contact Phil McKenney of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association at (530) 581-8739 or phil@mytahoevacation.com.


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