Group plans for Tahoe’s future |

Group plans for Tahoe’s future

A group to combat inaction and expand the shrinking middle class at the South Shore met for dinner Wednesday night to raise money, awareness and announce an action plan.

Tahoe Tomorrow, which began as an idea in May, now has a vision and a plan which calls to establish a board of directors, adopt bylaws, secure an office and hire an executive director in 2003.

The action plan calls for the first projects to be accomplished by next December. The projects will aim to create “stable jobs with living wages, and a true sense of community.”

Potential projects in 2003 include:

n Conversion of at least one motel to work force or student housing.

n Conversion of at least one existing motel to an office or a research facility for non-tourist use.

n A residential revitalization project.

Potential projects in 2004:

n Create of work force home purchase opportunity by demolishing a existing motel or motels to build single-family housing.

n Expansion of non-tourism business.

n Create new employee seasonal housing.

n Create a five year affordable housing program based on an employer survey.

The dinner Wednesday was held at Lake Tahoe Community College’s new cafeteria. About 60 people attended the meal, listened to the action plan and donated $100 to join the group. Joining the group allowed the new members to nominate people to be on the board of directors of Tahoe Tomorrow, a non-profit group.

“Some of the questions raised last night dealt with the diversity of the group,” said Jeff Tillman, president of South Tahoe Refuse and one of the founders of Tomorrow. “We want the board to represent as much of Tahoe as possible, from all aspect of the community.”

Tillman and the six other members of the group’s steering committee, which include many prominent residents, plan to meet Dec. 3 to go over suggested nominations for the board of directors.

To join Tahoe Tomorrow, contact Tillman at (530) 541-5105.

— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or at

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