tahoe rising

Attendees of the three Tahoe Rising Events will discuss challenges facing Lake Tahoe in this current pandemic – from economic, community and environmental perspectives. Keynote speakers will share their wisdom from around the country. Panel sessions with those experts combined with local Tahoe leaders enhance these conversations. Collaborative and interactive group sessions will follow and provide an opportunity to share solutions that we can implement locally to improve our region.
 
Lake Tahoe may be made up of many communities, but we are one lake and one regional economy, so what affects some of us, affects all of us. Tahoe Rising’s objective is to catalyze change and take action for the benefit of our regional community and economy.
September 30: 10:00 - 12:00

Tahoe’s Economic Picture​

An economic picture of Tahoe's regional economy pre and post COVID-19. A review of this economic impact analysis and forecast and what it means for Tahoe's communities now and in the future.

October 14: 10:00 - 12:00

Tahoe’s Economic Recovery

How can you Recession Proof/COVID-19 Proof your business and community? How to take advantage of remote workers. How to pivot your business in the post COVID-19 economy.

October 28: 10:00 - 12:00

Tahoe’s Economic Resiliency

What's in the best interest for Tahoe in the long-term? How can we transform our economy sustainably and equitably? What can we learn from other communities that have transitioned successfully?

Tahoe's Economic Picture
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Christopher Thornberg
Dr. Christopher Thornberg is the Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC, an independent research and consulting firm. He is also Director of the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development and an Adjunct Professor at the School.

Tahoe’s Economic Picture
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Christopher Thornberg

Dr. Christopher Thornberg is the Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC, an independent research and consulting firm. He is also Director of the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development and an Adjunct Professor at the School.

Panelists

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Jesse Walker

TPC Board Member/Moderator

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Carl Ribaudo

SMG Consulting

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Adam Fowler

Beacon Economics

Tahoe's Economic Recovery
Keynote Speaker

Manny Lamarre
Manny Lamarre is a Senior Program Associate at WestEd working on initiatives that strengthen the improvement of workforce and education that leads to economic mobility for youth and adults. He serves as an expert in areas such as career pathways, work-based learning and apprenticeships, industry partnerships, and federal policies. Manny was the Founding Executive Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation.

Tahoe’s Economic Recovery
Keynote Speaker

Manny Lamarre
Manny Lamarre is a Senior Program Associate at WestEd working on initiatives that strengthen the improvement of workforce and education that leads to economic mobility for youth and adults. He serves as an expert in areas such as career pathways, work-based learning and apprenticeships, industry partnerships, and federal policies. Manny was the Founding Executive Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation and the Governor’s Designee on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board aiding and leading in the implementation of the state’s workforce vision and policies from 2015-2019.

Panelists

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Frank Gerdeman

TPC Board Member/Moderator

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Jamie Orr

Co-Founder, CoWork Tahoe

Tahoe's Economic Resiliency
Keynote Speaker

Bruce Katz
Bruce Katz is the Founding Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Previously he served as inaugural Centennial Scholar at Brookings Institution. He is a Visiting Professor in Practice at London School of Economics, and previously served as chief of staff to the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs.

Tahoe’s Economic Resiliency
Keynote Speaker

Bruce Katz

Bruce Katz is the Founding Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Previously he served as inaugural Centennial Scholar at Brookings Institution. He is a Visiting Professor in Practice at London School of Economics, and previously served as chief of staff to the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs.

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Devin Middlebrook

TPC Board Member/Moderator

Will Frohlich

Will Frohlich

Mayor Victor Idaho

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Colin Robertson

Administrator, NV Division of Outdoor Recreation

Joelle Shearin

Joelle Shearin

General Manager, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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Jesse Walker

Senior Economist
Wells Barnett & Associates

Jesse is focused on economic issues to assist in building sustainable communities. Jesse is also a Tahoe Prosperity Center Board member and native of South Lake Tahoe.

Carl Ribaudo

Chief Strategist, SMG Consulting

Carl is a strategic thinker, thought leader and innovator in the tourism industry. As the president of and chief strategist for SMG Consulting Carl has developed and implemented a wide range of services designed to improve the competitiveness of destinations.

Adam Fowler

Director of Research
Beacon economics

Adam leads the firm’s Sustainable Growth and Development practice area and its Housing, Land Use, and Real Estate Advisory. He is also Director of Research at the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

Frank Gerdeman

DIRECTOR, ADVANCE

Frank has been involved with formal adult education for over 18 years. He’s also served as the State Director of Adult Education and Deputy Division Director with the Vermont Agency of Education. Frank is also a Tahoe Prosperity Center Board Member.

Jamie Orr

Co-Founder, CoWork Tahoe

Dr. Jamie Orr is the co-founder of Cowork Tahoe. She received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Davis after a bachelor’s degree from CalPoly, San Luis Obispo and has spent the past decade doing everything from conducting research to teaching kids amazing science to growing companies. She moved from Silicon Valley to Lake Tahoe to pursue a better quality of life for her family and loves spending time with her two young daughters, husband, and golden retrievers on the mountain trails.

Devin Middlebrook

Senior Sustainable Communities Program Coordinator, TRPA

Devin’s work revolves around land use planning, transportation, renewable energy, outdoor recreation, and community engagement. Devin is also an elected council member in the City of South Lake Tahoe and a Tahoe Prosperity Center Board Member.

Will Frohlich

Mayor of victor idaho

Will Frohlich is the Mayor of Victor, Idaho and is in Market Management for Expedia Group. He worked in the outdoor/tourism industry prior to his current roles as Mayor and with Expedia working remotely

Colin Robertson

Administrator
Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation

The Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation (NDOR) is a new division of state government within the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.NDOR works to ensure all Nevadans can live healthy and active lives enriched by outdoor recreation.

Joelle Shearin

General Manager
Hard Rock hotel and casino lake tahoe

Joelle has been GM since February 2019. Prior to coming to the Tahoe Basin, she spent six years in the St. Louis area in casino executive rolls. Joelle is a certified public accountant and holds a B.A. in Accounting & Finance as well as a M.B.A. from the University of Findlay, Ohio.