Get Your Tickets for the Lake Leadership Forum

A limited number of tickets are available for the fourth leadership forum to be held in person on Tuesday, May 10, at The Mercantile, 4350 Thomas Drive, Kelseyville.

The program begins at 2:00 p.m. with networking at 5:00 p.m. Presented by the Lake County Economic Development Corporation (Lake EDC), the Lake County Chamber of Commerce (LCCC), and the Lake County Tourism Improvement District (LCTID), the Lake Leadership Forum is open to the public with tickets available at https://tinyurl.com/LakeForum22 for $20 per person which includes a glass of wine or other beverage.

Tickets may also be purchased with a check payable to and sent to Lake EDC, P.O. Box 1257, Lakeport, CA 95453.  Shannon Family of Wines is the corporate sponsor for the event.

Partnerships, collaboration, and entrepreneurs will be featured with presentations about community initiatives and opportunities that are generating economic momentum in the county.

Christian Ahlmann, president of Six Sigma Ranch and Winery, will moderate a panel discussing the impacts of the pandemic on local agriculture and tourism. Participants include Joy Merrilees, vice president of production for Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, Melinda Price, owner of Peace and Plenty Farm, growers of organic saffron, Lianne Campodonico, owner of Campodonico Olive Farm, and Kendall Fults, owner of Fults Family Vineyards.  They will share insights about reducing the negative effects of Covid, the surprising lessons learned, and what they will do in the future as the pandemic slows.

Alicia Russell, vice president of communications and outreach for the Lake County Cannabis Alliance, and Bobby Dutcher, Realtor with Wine Country Land and Ranches, will share the most recent trends in the cannabis industry, land values, and cannabis-friendly tourism initiatives.

Speakers will demonstrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Lake County through presentations by Catherine Reese, owner of Reese Ranch Retreat and 2021 winner of the 1Team1Dream business competition, and Kejhana Taylor, an alumnus of the LCCC’s inaugural youth mentorship program.  Matthew Metcalf, food and beverage manager of the Greenview Restaurant, and student employees Samantha Marler and Amber Jones, will outline their training programs.

Jennifer Gregory, president of Downtown Strategies, will offer an economic forecast for business in Lake County and provide information about programs to bring electric vehicle charging stations to communities similar to Lake County.

Kamlin Fasano, organization lead for the Blue Zones Project-Lake County, will discuss the countywide effort to inspire a healthy lifestyle.

The presenting organizations represent people from all over Lake County who love our community and want to see it prosper.  You are invited to participate in this leadership forum and connect with like-minded citizens.

More information is available from Nicole Flora, executive director, Lake EDC, lakecountycaedc@gmail.com.

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