Building Community Wealth in Imperial & San Diego CountIES

Welcome to the Collaborative

The Southern Border CERF Collaborative is a growing group of organizations committed to collaborating 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 and our shared proposal reflect 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 the proposal development process. We invite you to join our growing collaborative. All are welcome and we encourage you to sign-up below to get involved.

“Community- and worker-centered inclusive economic planning has never been attempted at this scale. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated in stark relief that our economy did not work for all, and the same approach to economic planning is not an option. Although this process will be new and challenging, including voices that have been traditionally left out of economic planning is an important means to achieve equitable outcomes.”(CERF Planning Draft Guidelines April 22, 2022)

Documentation of meaningful Engagement

Part of the Phase 1 CERF proposal is a detailed record of the meaningful engagement that’s been done to date. In addition to the work of the Outreach and Engagement community, we know you have also been explaining CERF and getting reactions and input from your constituents in small meeting settings and within larger gatherings you attend.  

Below is a form where you can help in documenting our collective outreach activities. We suggest making a habit of noting your engagement activities on this page after your meetings while the event is fresh in your mind. Please thoughtfully consider with whom you’ve been discussing CERF and identify them according to the questions below. Backup documentation for these points of engagement will also be needed so please, if available, please provide any documentation you have available. Backup documentation may include meeting minutes, sign-in sheets, program flyers, etc.

Thank you for being a part of our collective efforts!

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 CERF proposal 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 CERF collaborative to better represent regional needs and opportunities.

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Additional Questions?

We want to hear from you. Please reach out to both of our current co-conveners.

Roque Barros, Jr.
Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation

San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center