Mendocino Works!

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 Mendocino Works was an hour long public affairs radio program, produced by KZYX and West Company in collaboration with Mendocino Community College, that brought together voices of the entrepreneur, the business leader, the investor, the community activist, and the government administrator. Through a hosted question-and-answer discussion format, Mendocino Works discussed trends, strategies and personal stories in the development of sustainable enterprises that contribute to the economic livelihood of Mendocino County. Listen to archived shows below.

 

Skunk Train

Is the Fort Bragg mill pond stalemate finally about to break? The city's spectacular waterfront has been all but off limits for a century, long dominated by a major lumber mill but in recent decades mired in dispute over an industrial waste cleanup and how to develop the site. Now, the owners of Fort Bragg's famous Skunk Train are in contract to buy  and develop 70 acres of the 419-acre site.

Adventist Health

Staying healthy is a major challenge for people living without proper shelter, most of whom are indigent, have no health insurance and cannot qualify for Medi-Cal for lack of a fixed address. Research shows that getting indigent people into primary care can significantly improve their state of health, improve their chances of overcoming homelessness, and reduce the rate at which they present at hospital emergency rooms with acute illnesses.

Jeffrey Parker

What’s the value of affordable high-speed internet for rural communities? And what’s the social and economic downside for places that lack accessible broadband?

Jeffrey Parker

We in pastoral Mendocino county cherish our region’s reputation for growing some of the world’s finest wines, and the county is no slouch when it comes to pioneering craft breweries known across the country and beyond. But did you know Mendocino has been distilling some of the best hand-made brandies, whiskies, gins and other spirits?

Travis Scott, Alison de Grassi

For those wishing to visit Mendocino — and for those who live here — a great deal of new activity is coming out of The Mendocino County Tourism Commission, starting with a new "Visit Mendocino" website, a splashy new media campaign and a new executive director, Travis Scott, known to many for his work with the Mendocino College Foundation and the local wine industry.

Fully 94 percent of Mendocino county enterprise comprises small businesses. While we understand the importance of buying local do we really understand how hard it is to be a local business owner? What new strategies are small businesses employing to keep their doors open? How are they helping our communities to flourish?

The fast-growing Mendo Lake Food Hub, launched as a non-profit startup with support from North Coast Opportunities, is rapidly changing the way fresh produce is delivered in Mendocino and Lake counties -- and finding new markets in Sonoma county and further south.

Heather Gurewitz

Undercapitalization is one of the warning signs of small business failure. Where can small businesses go to access the capital they need to thrive in today’s economy?

On Wednesday 16 May at 7 pm, Mendocino Works will discuss small business capital needs and opportunities with Heather Gurewitz, the recently appointed executive director of the Economic Development and Financial Corporation, or EDFC. Heather will discuss a variety of opportunities available to small business in Mendocino County and what they need to do to get the dollars they need to grow their business.

Willits Chamber of Commerce

Competing in the age of Amazon and being creative in a dynamic retail landscape is no easy task when you are digging out of a sales slump or struggling with minimum wage increases and workforce shortages. Can independent local retailers do a better job giving online giants and the big boxes a run for their money? What does the future of retail hold for our small town stores?

Adventist Health Ukiah Valley

On Wednesday April 4, KZYX Mendocino Works interviewed Dr Noemi "Mimi" Doohan, who as Director of Adventist Health's Family Medicine Residency Program is leading Mendocino County’s drive to establish a local residency program to train family practice doctors, and Mary Anne Landis, who heads Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County, a nonprofit that is raising funds for the doctor training program.

Jeffrey Parker

On the eve of International Women’s Day, KZYX Mendocino Works turned its focus to the topic of women and leadership, and observations about today's landscape for women in business enterprise and in politics. Guests were Mary O’Connor, a North Bay business development expert and award-winning business coach, and Rachel Binah, an Environmental and Community Activist. Hear the hourlong interview here.

Solar Living Institute

Rebuilding from the October wildfires? Are you sure you are building the very best possible house? Hundreds of fire survivor families are now facing important decisions -- and opportunities -- as they meet with architects and contractors about replacement homes. On Wednesday 21 February at 7 p.m., KZYX Mendocino Works welcomed Adam Goldberg of the Solar Living Institute for a conversation about resilient, sustainable and innovative rebuilding. We explored strategies for building homes that are far more resilient and fire-retardant, while taking advantage of a huge range of sustainability options that can make a home far more energy efficient -- even energy neutral -- at prices comparable to conventional construction.

ResolutionCare Indiegogo campaign

Here in largely rural Mendocino, is it possible to grow old with grace and dignity in one's own home, especially for those with chronic illnesses? An innovative organization in Humboldt county thinks it has the answer, and it's bringing the model to Mendocino County. On Wednesday 7 February, KZYX Mendocino Works interviewed Dr Michael Fratkin, founder and president of ResolutionCare, a community-based in-home palliative care organization, and Lynn Dress-Meadows, who is working with Dr Fratkin to build the Mendocino Care Network. Click the link to hear the entire interview.

Norman de Vall

What is Mendocino County attempting to achieve with proposed revisions of the Class K "alternative building code", which for four decades has enabled rural homesteaders to build their own safe and affordable dwellings? 

On Wednesday January 24 at 7 p.m., our public affairs program Mendocino Works explored the proposed Class K revisions and their implications for housing with Stephanie Gold of the Anderson Valley Housing Association; independent building code consultant Scott Ward, who as a county official inspected hundreds of Class K and conventional homes; and 5th District Supervisor Dan Hamburg, who sits on the Board of Supervisors' housing subcommittee. You can hear the full hourlong discussion by clicking this link.

File

Following the North Bay wildfires, survivors in Mendocino and Lake counties have begun receiving substantial fire insurance payouts -- and some are stressing over how to protect and manage the funds in the months or even years before they can begin rebuilding.

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