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Town will vie for home of Sierra Nevada Conservancy

David Bunker

The Town of Truckee is preparing a proposal touting itself as a prime location for the headquarters of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.The town is expected to be one of several Sierra towns within a two-hour drive of Sacramento that will be vying for the home of the fledgling state agency.”We meet their criteria, we believe,” said Truckee Town Manager Tony Lashbrook.Recently released requirements for the conservancy home include 10,000 square feet of available office space, a location within a two-hour drive of Sacramento, all-season access, and availability of high-speed Internet service.”We’d be the perfect location for it,” said Truckee Mayor Beth Ingalls.Apart from Truckee’s location on Interstate 80, the town has a young, vibrant workforce and is known for its strong community, she said.”I think that our biggest selling point is our community groups,” Ingalls said. “I think Truckee’s pretty well known for a strong community and a community that works together.”Lashbrook said the town’s location, on Interstate 80 and near other major Sierra highways like Highways 89 and 395, make it a worthy candidate for consideration.Interstate 80, despite some people’s perceptions, offers good winter access to town, he said.”That’s a psychological issue more than a physical issue,” Lashbrook said of the idea that Truckee is often inaccessible during the winter.Truckee Vice Mayor Richard Anderson said that Truckee’s advantage is that it is situated at nearly a midpoint between the western and eastern slopes of the range.”To me Truckee still remains the location that provides the highest level of benefit to the entire Sierra and not merely the west slope,” Anderson said.And Truckee is also a hub of nonprofit organizations that could work in unison with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, he said.The conservancy will bring more than a dozen jobs and a $3.4 million budget to the town that is chosen as its headquarters. At maturation, the agency will likely employ between 20 and 30 workers, said conservancy Executive Director Jim Branham.The conservancy may also establish several satellite offices throughout the Sierra Nevada in addition to the central headquarters, he said.Auburn, Nevada City, Grass Valley and Colfax are nearby towns that have expressed interest in landing the headquarters, said Branham. He expects between eight and 10 cities will apply before the deadline on Jan. 9.”There is a lot of interest and we expect many communities to apply,” Branham said.PullFinding a HomeTowns in the running to headquarter the Sierra Nevada Conservancy TruckeeAuburnNevada CityGrass ValleyColfaxPlacerville Sonora Deadline for perspective towns to apply: Jan. 9.Conservancy jobs: More than a dozenConservancy budget: $3.4 million


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