Building Community Wealth in Imperial & San Diego CountIES

Welcome to the Collaborative

The Southern Border CERF Collaborative is a growing group of organizations that originally formed to collaborate on a bi-county proposal for the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF).

By bringing together a set of regional planning tables across Imperial Valley and San Diego, our goal is to create a broad and inclusive proposal development and planning process to diversify and strengthen our local economies and grow sustainable industries that create high-quality jobs for all. Our core focus is to ensure that this collaborative reflects the needs and priorities of communities and stakeholders across the region and generate ideas and project opportunities to build community wealth for years to come.

We will continue to expand this website and add key updates so that everyone can stay informed and contribute actively to various federal and state funding opportunities, including CERF. We invite you to join our growing collaboration. All are welcome and we encourage you to sign-up below to get involved.


This moment is a once-in-a-generation chance to create a shared vision for the Southern Border Region's future and create space for Imperial and  San Diego Counties to work more closely together to benefit each other. An initial collaborative of organizations across Imperial and San Diego Counties has come together to create a big tent and broad strategic partnerships to build community wealth through the development process and state and federal funding opportunities. We would love for you to join the process!


Inclusive Planning

Inclusive engagement across diverse regional stakeholders will be a foundational step in the diversification of California’s economies and the creation of high-quality and broadly accessible jobs

Regional Flexibility

Flexible economic analysis at various geographic scales, including economic flows between different regions, and implementation grants will allow for projects that cross regional boundaries

Leveraging Funds

Leveraging state and federal investments and philanthropic and private-sector investments to maximize recovery


After two applications emerged from the region resulting in a request from the State to combine proposals, our mutual partner, San Diego State University (SDSU), graciously agreed to serve as the fiscal agent and convener to bring the proposals together.

SDSU blended the proposals and filed new narrative and budget documents. A copy of these preliminary documents can be viewed at the link below.
12-2022 CERF SDSU Submission

Full Collaborative
Meetings (60 Min)

Wednesday, 7/20 @ 1:30 PT
 Zoom Signup

Proposal Leadership
Check-In Meetings (30 Min)

Wednesday, 7/20 @ 2:30 PT

Proposal Leadership Group Working Meetings (90 Min)

Wednesday, 7/13 @ 1:30 PT

Upcoming Events

Please sign up below to stay informed on next steps.

Full Collaborative
Meetings (60 Min)

Wednesday, 7/20 @ 1:30 PT
 Zoom Signup

Proposal Leadership
Check-In Meetings (30 Min)

Wednesday, 7/20 @ 2:30 PT

Proposal Leadership Group Working Meetings (90 Min)

Wednesday, 7/13 @ 1:30 PT



Past Collaborative Meetings

July 6th Collaborative Gathering: Recording | Slides

June 22nd Collaborative Gathering: Recording | Slides

June 8th Collaborative Gathering: Part 1 | Part 2 | Slides

May 25th Collaborative Gathering: Recording | Slides

Proposal Leadership Group Slides: 6/1 | 6/15

Imperial Valley County Gathering: Recording

San Diego County Gathering: Recording

a growing coalition

Below is a snapshot of the organizations that have been involved in CERF pre-proposal conversations in our region. To date, there are six key priority areas that have emerged organically from these early discussions. Each topic area is associated with organizations representing both counties and we anticipate lots of interaction across priority areas through the planning process. To explore further, you can hover your cursor over a topic or an organization to see how they are connected. 

Don't see your organization on the diagram below or notice a mistake? Please reach out! We’ll look forward to working with you to make sure your organization’s priorities are correctly reflected.

get involved

To keep informed and engage in the development process, please share your name, organization, and email address. You will receive a survey asking about your priorities, the level of time you would like to dedicate to this process, and how to continually expand the Southern Border Collaborative to better represent regional needs and opportunities.

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Additional Questions?

We want to hear from you. Please reach out!

Roque Barros, Jr.
Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation

Kathie Lembo

Susan Guinn
San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center