Sierra Conservancy to choose its home |

Sierra Conservancy to choose its home

TRUCKEE – The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is scheduled to choose its headquarters location next week, although conservancy officials are keeping mum on which city may be the favorite.

Truckee is one of six potential headquarter sites that members of the conservancy visited at the end of January. Other contenders that drew a visit from the agency were Nevada City, Auburn, Colfax, El Dorado Hills and Martell.

According to the new agency’s charter, the home of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy must be located within the foothills and mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and be within a two-hour drive of Sacramento.

Conservancy officials’ visit to Truckee went well, said Mayor Beth Ingalls, with the trip focusing on office locations and access to town.

The conservancy board will choose a location as its home, and move into a temporary office as soon as possible. The agency is expected to move into a permanent location in the same area as soon as suitable offices can be lined up.

Communities are coveting California’s largest conservancy for the quality jobs it will bring and the status of housing the agency. The conservancy will bring more than a dozen jobs and a $3.4 million budget to the town that is chosen as its headquarters. At maturation, the agency will likely employ between 20 and 30 workers, said conservancy Executive Director Jim Branham.

The conservancy may also establish several satellite offices throughout the Sierra Nevada in addition to the central headquarters, he said.

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