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Economic Development Board

The Placer County Economic Development Board established by the Board of Supervisors in 1991 and serves as an advisory body for the Office of Economic Development’s business attention and retention efforts, the County’s film promotion program, and Business Advantage Network.

Members of the board are responsible for carrying economic development information back to the governments and organizations they represent to insure that there is a united effort to attract new jobs to the County. Members include, two County Supervisors, six council representatives and leaders in agriculture, communication, public education, private education, healthcare, manufacturing, non-profits, tourism and utilities. The Board is building a strategic framework to position Placer County as the best place to live and work in California.


January 17, 2017 Meeting Agenda 

October 27, 2016 Meeting Agenda

Economic Development Board white paper supporting priority transportation investments


Dave Butler, Representing the City of Rocklin & Chair

Dave Butler

David Butler has served as the CEO of NextEd (formerly known as LEED-Linking Education and Economic Development) since late 2006.

NextEd is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving the six county Sacramento region. An affiliate of the Sacramento Metro Chamber, NextEd is the region’s premiere employer/education partnership and works to “advance programs and policies that prepare students for success in the next economy.” NextEd also serves as the Capital Area P-20 Council.

Since 2006, NextEd has successfully rebranded and repositioned itself as a key regional economic development organization. In recent years, NextEd has developed and implemented several successful initiatives including:, a web based workforce and education resource; CareerGPS, a high impact career exploration event for students; and the Capital Region Project Lead the Way Network, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based curriculum now in 40 schools in the Sacramento region. Under Butler’s leadership, NextEd helped create the demand for a sector based, economic development strategy for the Sacramento Region, called Next Economy.

NextEd was recently awarded a five-year, $5 million grant from the US Dept. of Education’s “Investment in Innovation” fund (I-3) to validated the effectiveness of the Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum on student performance.

NextEd, in partnership with 22 school districts in seven counties, was recently identified by the California Dept. of Education, as a pilot project to support the development of career academies at high schools throughout the Sacramento region. CRANE – the Capital Regional Academies for the Next Economy, is the largest career academy implementation strategy in California, if not the US.

NextEd was recently identified by the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a model “intermediary” organization to assist with the implementation of “Pathways to Prosperity,” report published in November, 2011 which calls for pathways from high school to post secondary education, aligned with critical workforce needs as a key strategy to improve education and enhance US economic competitiveness. NextEd, in partnership with the UC Davis School of Education, is a member of the California STEM Learning Network, an alliance of regional organizations to promote STEM education in school and out of school.

Prior to NextEd, Mr. Butler also served as the Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy, for the Sacramento Metro Chamber, and as legislative staff for State Senators Tim Leslie and Cathie Wright.

A resident of Rocklin, Butler was raised in Sacramento and graduated from UCLA in 1983 with a BA in Political Science. Butler is a graduate of the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management program, served as a member of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and is a volunteer with the UCLA Alumni Association. Butler was elected to the Rocklin City Council in November, 2012.

Veronica Blake, Representing Non-Profits & Vice Chair

Veronica Blake

Since 2004, Veronica Blake has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Placer community foundation. In this capacity, she has worked with their Board of Directors to create a philanthropic organization to serve the people of Placer County grow local giving. As CEO, activities include: converting a private foundation into a public charity; rehabilitating and occupying an historic building in Old Town Auburn the development of needed staffing, systems and infrastructure; compliance with national standards for community foundations; launched initiatives supporting nonprofit capacity building, youth development and the arts; she is responsible for the attraction of new donors and 183% in asset growth; generating visibility and credibility for community philanthropy. She developed an international reputation as a champion of community philanthropy and community foundation leadership and speaks at sector events for the council on foundations and Community Foundations of Canada.

She serves as the Placer Community Foundation’s spokesperson and goodwill ambassador, maintaining a positive professional reputation in the community.

Veronica Blake represents the nonprofit sector on the Economic Development Board of Directors.

Dr. Lyndell Grey, Representing Agriculture

Lyndell Grey

  • Associate Aide to Supervisor Robert M. Weygandt, District 2, Placer County
  • Director of the Fruitvale School Education Programs
  • Owner of the 2G Ranch, grassfed beef
  • Chair of the Placer County Economic Development Board
  • Chair of the Placer County Historical Museum Organization
  • President of the Fruitvale Community Hall Corporation
  • President of the Donner Tract Association

Robert M. Weygandt, District Two Supervisor

Robert Weygandt

Robert M. Weygandt, a member of the Placer County Board of Supervisors since 1995, lives on the same foothills ranch in rural Lincoln where he grew up. He represents the western portion of the county, including Lincoln, Sheridan and the western portions of Rocklin and Roseville. He has lived in Placer County for over 50 years and was recently re-elected to his sixth four-year term.

After graduating from Lincoln High School, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in finance and management from the University of Southern California (go Trojans!). From 1979 to 2004, he was vice president, chief financial officer and part owner of WECO Aerospace Systems, an aircraft repair facility based in Lincoln. His other past experience includes service as a county planning commissioner, member of the county economic development board and community college instructor.

Today, Robert is avidly involved in Placer Legacy—a program to protect land, water and open space within the county, which won the Governor’s Award for Environmental and Economic Leadership in 2002. Robert is also an avid outdoorsman who admits to be a fanatic fly fisherman.

He has a son Eric and a daughter Stephanie who both work in Placer County. He is a proud grandpa—with granddaughters Haley, Madison, Sydney and grandsons Braden, Tanner and Blake.

First term – January 1995 – December 1998
Second term – January 1999 – December 2002
Third term – January 2003 – December 2006
Fourth term – January 2007 – December 2010
Fifth term – January 2011 – December 2014
Sixth term – January 2015 – December 2018

Jennifer Montgomery, District Five Supervisor

Robert Weygandt

Jennifer Montgomery was elected District 5 Supervisor in November, 2008. District 5 extends from North Auburn and Foresthill in the West, to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. It is geographically the largest and most diverse district in the County. District 5 has just one incorporated city within its borders, the City of Colfax.

To accommodate for the vast amount of unincorporated area in the district, District 5 has six Municipal Advisory Councils, which meet monthly throughout the district. These MACs, which serve to advise the Board of Supervisors, meet in North Auburn, Foresthill, Meadow Vista, Colfax, Squaw Valley and North Tahoe.

Jennifer is a 20-year resident of Donner Summit and, before joining the Board of Supervisors, she ran her own business in Serene Lakes. She is married to Dan Gomez, a North Tahoe firefighter. It is important that your voice be heard. Please contact the office at any time if you have questions, concerns, or would like to get involved with shaping your county government.

Thank you

Jennifer Montgomery
Placer County Supervisor

Please join me as we fight to “Preserve, Protect, Restore, and Respect” Placer County.

1st Term - January 2009 - December 2012.

Matt Spokely, Representing the City of Auburn

Matt Spokely

Biography under construction

Kim Douglass, Representing the City of Colfax

Kim Douglass

I was raised in Pennsylvania and while attending high school was able to win the Central Pennsylvania Science Fair. In college, I played basketball, was a member of the chess team and received an undergraduate degree in the Arts and Sciences; while doing graduate work in Business Administration. I moved to California where I wrote computer software at Bechtel in San Francisco. In 1997 our daughter was born and my wife and I moved to Colfax where I have been active in school activities and community functions.

In addition to serving on the City Council, I am a representative on SEDCORP, PCAPCD, PCEDB, Project Go, PCCSC; and I am affiliated with Gathering Inn, Food Closet and Senior Center. My focus here in Colfax is to get our community back on track, economically, thus creating a more family friendly environment.

Paul Joiner, Representing the City of Lincoln

Paul Joiner

Paul Joiner has done an outstanding job for all of us on the Lincoln City Council. Paul has lived most of his life in Lincoln. He and his family have worked for many years putting down roots in our community. A local business owner in Lincoln, Paul has a long history in Lincoln and volunteers his time and efforts for many community events and activities.

Paul sits on the following Boards:

  • Regional: Placer County Economic Development Board
  • Placer County Flood Control and Water Conservation District Board (Past Chair)
  • Tahoe Truckee Airport Land Use Commission
  • Sacramento Area Council of Governments (Alternate)

Miguel Ucovich, Representing the Town of Loomis

  • Loomis Town Council member since 2000
  • Has served on most of the Placer County commissions such as Transportation, Air Quality, Local Agency Formation Commission and Economic Development
  • Served six years on the Board of Directors for the California League of Cities
  • He is married to Nancy Nordlin and has four grown children and five grand children
  • Retired from the City of Roseville after 26 years as the Recreation Superintendent

Tim Herman, DDS, Representing the City of Roseville

Tim Herman

Biography under construction

Joseph Glenn, Representing Communications

Joseph Glenn

Joseph Glenn has been in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years and with Consolidated Communications in Roseville, California since 1997 (Formerly Roseville Telephone Company, SureWest Communications). As a senior sales leader, Mr. Glenn oversees the residential sales and retention efforts for the company in the Greater Sacramento, Kansas City, Houston, Pittsburgh and Eastern Illinois markets.

Mr. Glenn has served as a board appointed member of the Administrative Committee at SureWest Communications and currently as a board member of the Consolidated Communications Foundation, which directs the philanthropic activities of the company in Placer and Sacramento Counties. Mr. Glenn earned an MBA from California State University, Sacramento and has served on the Placer County Economic Development Board since 2011.

Dr. John Jackson, Representing Education (Private

John Jackson

Prior to joining William Jessup University as its Sixth President in March 2011, John served as the Executive Director of Thriving Churches International and as a Senior Leader of Bayside Church, Granite Bay, California. He is the Founding Pastor of LifePoint Church in Minden, Nevada, and previously was the Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest (now Transformation Ministries) where he was responsible to serve more than 270 churches in four Western states. John also served as the Senior Pastor and in several staff roles at First Baptist Church of Oxnard and as the Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of Buena Park. Dr. Jackson earned both his Ph.D. and M.A. in Educational Administration and Organizational Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. in Theology (Christian Formation and Discipleship) at Fuller Theological Seminary; and a B.A. in Religion (Christian History and Thought) from Chapman University.

His strong background in executive and organizational leadership has given him the opportunity to come alongside high impact churches and leaders in national and global settings to strengthen their organizational leadership and communication skills. John is committed to leverage his Kingdom influence through strategic relationships.

Dr. Jackson has written and co-authored six books: Finding Your Place in God’s Plan, God Size Your Church, Leveraging Your Communication Style, Leveraging Your Leadership Style, Pastorpreneur and High Impact Church Planting.

Dr. Jackson is married to Pamela Harrison Jackson and they make their home in Rocklin, CA; they have 5 children, two of whom are married. They are still waiting for grandchildren. Patiently. Not.

William H. Duncan IV, Representing Education (Public

William Duncan

William Duncan, or Willy to all who have met him, was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. He attended California State University, Bakersfield where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Communications and a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance.

Willy’s career in education began as a student while at CSU, Bakersfield. He held jobs in several campus departments and upon graduation was hired as the university’s budget analyst. In 1997, Willy began working at nearby Taft College as the Dean of Business Services. In 2000, he was named the Vice President of Administrative Services and he was appointed as Executive Vice President in 2007. Six months after his appointment, the Board of Trustees selected Willy to become the interim Superintendent/president. In 2008, he participated in the search process and was selected to fill the position permanently. At the time of his appointment, Willy was the youngest President in the California Community College system.

In 2011, Willy was selected as the sixth President of Sierra College. His commitment to the region is reflected in his membership on several Chambers of Commerce, Rotary, LEED, Valley Vision, and SACTO. At the state level, he has a leadership role in the Association of California community College Administrators (ACCCA) and serves on the Community College League of California (CCLC) Advisory Committee on Legislation.

Patrick Brady, Representing Healthcare

Patrick Brady

Patrick R. Brady, has been involved with Sutter since 1981, and has been in his current position as CEO since January 1999. Prior to assuming his current duties, Mr. Brady served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sutter Solano Medical Center for approximately six and one-half years. Prior to that, he served in a variety of executive level positions with Sutter Health in the Greater Sacramento Area and in hospital management in Los Angeles, California, and Tucson, Arizona.

His professional activities include leadership roles in the American College of Healthcare Executives, California Healthcare Association, and the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California. He has participated actively in local and regional affairs through Chamber of Commerce Boards, the Board of First Northern Bank of Dixon, and Boards of community organizations such as Kids First, the Partnership HealthPlan of California, Solano Coalition for Better Health, Northern California P.E.T. Imaging, the Placer County Community Advisory Board, and the Board of the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation. He is a member of the Roseville Rotary Club.

Pat, his wife, Jan and daughter live in Newcastle, California

Frank Wegener, Manufacturing

Frank Wegener

Frank is a registered professional engineer with 40 years of experience in the HVAC industry. His extensive background encompasses all phases of the industry from design of refrigeration systems to manufacturing of AC equipment. He spent 3 years with the Trane Corporation as a sales engineer, and for the past 35 years, Frank has been an independent marketing representative of HVAC and related equipment with his firm of L & H Airco.

Frank utilizes his engineering capabilities to assist consulting engineers with critical system designs, specifically for hospital, institutional and cooling tower applications. Frank received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University.

Mora Rowe, Representing Tourism

Appointed Executive Director of Placer County Visitors Bureau in October 2013, Mora Rowe has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, development, communications solutions and fiscal management. Responsibilities range from organizational development, operations and event production to brand creation/building, public relations, fundraising, and strategic planning.

She began her career in the fashion industry, serving as director of Elite Model Management NYC and Director of Development at IMG Models in New York City. Rowe has as a strong track record of developing successful collaborations among government, private sector, nonprofit and community partners. As well as providing clear communication and leadership throughout an organization. Rowe is a strategic thinker who prioritizes effectively and drives tactical initiatives to achieve desired outcomes.

Chuck Heisleman, Representing Utilities

Chuck Heislman

Since moving to Auburn in 1966 Chuck attended local schools including Sierra College where he majored in Business Administration. He also attended CSU, Sacramento, earning a B.S. in Business Administration while concentrating in human resources management, as well as earning an M.B.A..

Chuck has worked for PG&E for 36 years and has held 17 different management positions during that time including various positions in customer services, marketing, energy efficiency, Human Resources liaison and engineering. During the past 10 years he has worked closely with the largest customers in Placer and Nevada counties and currently holds a position on the Sierra Division Leadership Team. Outside of PG&E there was also the creation of a small home based family business for 9 years.

In the community he was elected Governing Board Member, Auburn Union School District in 2006 and is past president of the Nevada County United Way. He is currently a member of the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce Governmental Relations & Economic Development committee. In 2009 he received the PG&E Corporate Affairs Recognition Award for extraordinary effort in support of Community Relations, Corporate Relations and Governmental Relations. He was also instrumental in PG&E being awarded the Auburn Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award in 2012.