On May 18, 2023, we brought together key stakeholders to explore how we maximize this opportunity for our county. Want a recap? Or couldn’t attend? See highlights, workshop notes, slides, and videos below, followed by information about our speakers, co-presenters, and sponsors. Interested in running a conference like this? We wrote a handbook capturing what we learned. See The Inflation Reduction Act Conference Playbook.
The three main areas of the Inflation Reduction Act on which the conference focused are:
Attendees learned about resource opportunities for our county in this landmark legislation and brainstormed ways to collaborate with local governments and community organizations to maximize the benefit for Contra Costa County.
Contra Costa Community College District Chancellor Mojdeh Mehdizadeh, along with Supervisor John Gioia and Congressman Mark Desaulnier, welcomed attendees to Diablo Valley College and this landmark gathering. In the following videos, hear Chancellor Mehdizadeh’s and Supervisor Gioia’s remarks. Then watch Representative Desaulnier in the second video.
Full plenary session video. Note: The majority of this video is audio only.
The Inflation Reduction Act presents organizations and agencies with a significant opportunity to secure funding for crucial projects in Contra Costa County. These projects aim to bring us closer to achieving a cleaner, safer, and more equitable environment. During the second panel, the focus was on highlighting ongoing initiatives within the county, serving as a source of inspiration and providing concrete examples of what can be accomplished.
Read the transcribed notes from open mic segment (pdf)
Conference attendees chose among five interactive workshops, or tables. We will upload photos and workshop recaps over the next week.
Time for networking and review of resource materials and visuals in the conference room
Grab refreshments, answer emails, and network
Box lunch provided by DVC Culinary Arts or a local caterer
Opportunity to attend two workshops.
Next steps and an invitation to stay for refreshments and networking.