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CALED Regional Ambassadors & Training Program

In the fall of 2013, CALED launched the Regional Ambassador program as a way to provide local training and networking opportunities for economic developers in their California region. This is also an exciting way for CALED to support our members and highlight regional leaders.


2017 Regional Ambassador’s Role
CALED is looking for three Regional Ambassadors to work with us on providing local training and networking opportunities for economic developers in California. Ambassadors selected under this announcement will serve until December 31, 2017 and will be responsible for partnering on one event.

The Ambassador will survey his/her peers and other regional economic development stakeholders to identify the region’s needs. You will also help secure a venue and coordinate select logistics, as well as promote to your network of economic development practitioners and leaders. Ambassadors must be on site to welcome attendees and assist as needed. Regional Ambassadors receive a complimentary registration to CALED’s 2017 Annual Training Conference, Moving Forward on March 21-23, 2017 in San Diego, CA.

CALED’s Role
The CALED staff will work with you to identify a training topic that is relevant to you and your economic development peers. We will help develop the agenda, invite trainers, and promote the event to CALED’s network. A senior staff or board representative will also be on site to assist as needed. CALED will cover up to $600 in expenses for the training.


2017 CALED Regional Ambassadors

Dwayne Dalman (East Bay Area)
Economic Development Manager
City of Oakley

“We are all working to improve our local communities. CALED’s regional training allows us to collaborate with others in our region to leverage our individual activities and ideas to make a greater impact for us all.”

Rob Moran (Co-Ambassador: Riverside/Inland Empire)
Economic Development Manager
Riverside County Economic Development Agency

“Learning is a lifelong endeavor. As the profession of economic development and the way business operates changes, CALED training provides the continuous education needed for our industry professionals to maintain the highest levels of knowledge and service to our customers.” 

Andy Myrick, CEcD, EDFP (Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Area)
Economic Development Manager
City of Salinas

“As the world around us changes ever more rapidly, it is imperative that we continuously update our skills and knowledge to remain effective in creating prosperity in our communities.  Through CALED, lessons learned throughout the State can be brought to local audiences to help ensure that no region gets left behind.”

Dr. Grace Williams (Co-Ambassador: Riverside/Inland Empire)
Economic & Community Development Manager
March Joint Powers Authority

“The national economy is constantly evolving and within the next four years, it is imperative that public agencies are equipped with the right tools to help their communities remain steady through the waves of change.  What more perfect opportunity to build that regional support network for economic challenges ahead, than through CALED’s training?  Thank you CALED!”


Thank you to our 2016 CALED Regional Ambassadors

Christine Damko (Inland Empire Co-Ambassador)
Economic Development Analyst
City of Temecula

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows” -American Journalist, Sydney J. Harris.

“Regional CALED Trainings provide just that. An opportunity to learn something new from someone different. We all want to learn new trends and new programs in the field of Economic Development, and these trainings are the perfect place to do just that.”

Cruz Esparza IV (Inland Empire Co-Ambassador)
Economic Development Manager
City of San Bernardino

“CALED is the catalyst for economic development professionals to come together, learn through shared experiences, and work toward the implementation of meaningful economic development activities and programs. CALED provides the training and opportunity to work together for success!”

Susan Seaman (Northern California)
Program Director
Arcata Economic Development Corporation

“CALED provides opportunities for economic professionals to learn best practices from a statewide network, as well as allowing opportunities for individual regions to identify and educate themselves, and their colleagues, on the topics that are relevant to their region.”

Jeff Simpson (Sierra Nevada)
Economic Development Manager
County of Mono

“The CALED regional training events are imperative to the advancement of our economic development leaders, stakeholders and programs that are critical to creating and sustaining economic growth in California.”


Thank You to our 2014 and 2015 CALED Regional Ambassadors

View the 2014 and 2015 CALED Regional Ambassadors