Rohnert Park Mayor Jake Mackenzie Receives Leadership Award from the North Coast Resource Partnership


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    April 27, 2017 - For Immediate Release

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    (Santa Rosa, CA) – At its April 21 meeting in Forestville, the North Coast Resource Partnership awarded its first biennial Jimmy Smith Leadership Award to Mayor Jake Mackenzie from Rohnert Park.  The award recognizes Mackenzie’s achievements as former Chair of the Partnership working to build communication and understanding among the seven counties and 34 Tribal entities of California’s North Coast Region.

    “It is an honor for me to be recognized by the Partnership and I am very pleased to see this organization continue the valuable work that was so effectively led by the late Supervisor Jimmy Smith of Humboldt County who was my mentor and dear friend,” said Mayor Mackenzie.   “The Partnership has made very valuable contributions to protecting public health, securing clean water supplies and restoring fisheries vital to the regional economy.”

    Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Water Agency helped develop the North Coast Resource Partnership in 2005 as a way to develop an integrated regional water management plan for the northwest part of California.

    “The effort has been highly successful in building regional consensus on priorities and capturing state funding for local needs,” noted Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore.

    Supervisor Jimmy Smith led development of the North Coast Resource Partnership, a team of counties and Tribal governments that worked to develop the North Coast Integrated Regional Water Management plan and has secured more than $69 million in funding for planning and implementation of water and energy sustainability projects in the region.   More than $13 million of these funds came to projects located in Sonoma County. 

    The North Coast Resource Partnership established the Jimmy Smith Leadership Award to recognize individuals that continue the effort begun by Jimmy Smith to build consensus on sometimes difficult regional issues through mutual respect and honest communication. 

     “We are very grateful for the time, effort and talent that Mayor Mackenzie gave to building the North Coast Resource Partnership and could have no more fitting candidate for the Jimmy Smith Leadership Award,” said Supervisor Judy Morris of Trinity County currently serving as Chair of the Partnership.

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