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Truckee, NLTRA address housing issues

Staff reports

Recognizing that the North Tahoe area is in the midst of a housing and employment crunch, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce are joining together to address the problem.

“It’s a regional problem in nature – the solution will also have to be regional,” said Phil McKenney, executive director of the resort association.

“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.

“Because this is a regional issue, both organizations are working together to address the problem. We as employers can not keep pointing our finger to the other side of the county line and blaming the other side for the problem. We have got to work together to address and solve this issue or we are going to end up like Aspen – no affordable housing and no employees. None of our businesses can survive without employees.”

The agencies have sent out surveys to their members in an effort to gain a better perspective on the situation. Once the surveys are returned – toward the end of March – the compiled data will be used in a number of forums to be held on the issues of housing and employment.

Issues to be addressed in the forums include future development in the area, existing programs dealing with employment and housing, and potential solutions. The forums will most likely begin sometime in April.

A copy of the survey can be found on the Internet at http://www.truckeenet.com/survey.

If your company has not received the survey, contact either the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, (530) 587-2757 or the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and the survey can be faxed.

Surveys need to be returned by Friday, March 16 to the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 10065 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161 or fax it back to (530) 587-2439.


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