Community Economic Resilience Fund – CERF

It Takes a Region: Community Engaged, Empowered, Determined

Welcome to the CERF Planning Phase
The Inland Empire has been awarded $5 million dollars in CERF Phase I Planning funds.
Next, we will work together to build the Inland Empire High Road Transition Collaborative (HRTC). 

Want to get involved?

  1. Join us for bi-weekly meetings. Sign-up here.
  2. Join a Committee. Sign-up here.
    1. Six Subregional Tables
    2. Five Committees
    3. Seven Equity Councils
  3. Help us spread the word!

It Takes a Region IE

Inland Empire Contacts:

Regional Co-Conveners

Inland Empire Labor Institute (IELI) Inland Economic Growth 
and Opportunity (IEGO) 

Fiscal Agent:

Inland Empire Community Foundation with serve as the Fiscal Agent.

Thank you to everyone who signed a Collective Partnership Letter, joined a committee or attended a meeting.

We appreciate you!

It Takes a Region Community Engaged, Empowered, Determined

The It Takes a Region: Inland Empire CERF Proposal presented by the Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and Inland Economic Growth & Opportunity (IEGO) is the culmination of an open, regionwide planning process that builds off the work of a multisector collaboration of partners seeking to build a more prosperous future through equity, innovation, and sustainability. With this proposal we seek to do economic development differently by elevating new voices and growing new jobs in opportunity industries such as Green Energy and Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Sustainable Logistics, Arts/Digital Media, Cybersecurity/Information Technology and more. The proposal calls for the development of the Inland Empire High Road Transition Collaborative (HRTC) that will include an Inclusive Planning Council with three ports of entry for meaningful engagement: Subregional Tables, Committees, and Equity Councils. As the Inland Empire emerges from the pandemic and prepares for a more technological, sustainable, carbon neutral future it is imperative that we center the most important asset in the region: The People.

What you need to know about CERF


The State of California’s historic $600 million dollar investment in the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) is a massive investment in regional inclusive economic development with the potential to transform the Inland Empire and communities negatively impacted by the pandemic and systemic inequities.

Download the CERF Factsheet

PHASE IPlanning Grant – $5 million
During Phase I, one $5 million dollar grant will be award to each CERF Region to support the development of smart, targeted regional economic roadmaps that can create high-quality jobs and build a more equitable economy that works for all.
CERF REGIONSThere are 13 CERF Regions. The Inland Empire Region includes All of San Bernardino and All of Riverside Counties.
State WebsiteOPR Website

Definition of High Road Jobs

Per CERF, High Road jobs are defined by employers who offer the following:

  • family-sustaining wages
  • clearly defined routes to advancement into higher-wage jobs
  • benefits (like paid sick and vacation)
  • adequate hours
  • predictable schedules
  • access to training
  • occupational health and safety
  • worker representation or right to organize
  • no employer or subcontractor record of wage theft or other violations of labor law
 It Takes a Region.

Join us for the next IE CERF Meeting

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Inland Empire CERF Planning Meetings

March 3, 2023 - 11 a.m.
March 17, 2023 - 11 a.m3
March 31, 2023 - 11 a.m.
April 14, 2023 - 11 a.m

Meeting Archives Inland Empire CERF Planning Meetings

Sept. 9, 2022 – 1:00 p.m.
August 26, 2022 – 1:00 p.m.
August 12, 2022 – 1:00 p.m.
July 29, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
July 15, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
July 1, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
June 17, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
June 3, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
May 20, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
May 6, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
Apr. 22, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
Apr. 8, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
March 18 - Inland Empire CERF Listening Session

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CERF was created to promote a sustainable and equitable recovery from the economic distress of COVID-19 by supporting new plans and strategies to diversify local economies and develop sustainable industries that create high-quality, broadly accessible jobs for all Californians. Specifically, the Community Economic Resilience Fund Program (CERF) would support communities and regional groups in producing regional roadmaps for economic recovery and transition that prioritize the creation of accessible, high-quality jobs in sustainable industries. On September 23, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 162, which established the $600 million CERF. The CERF is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Additional resources regarding CERF can be found at or CERF information is available on the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR).


San Bernardino County CEDS (2019-2024)

Riverside County CEDS (2019-2024)

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Want to Join a Committee?

We have developed the following four Committees to prepare one comprehensive application for the Inland Empire.

Governance & Structure

Outreach & Engagement

Data & Plan Alignment

Sector & Project Integration

COMMS, Arts & Culture

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Additional CERF information is available on the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) website.

Questions? Please contact

Thank you! We look forward to working with you as we prepare the region for CERF.