'The best outcomes': Nevada County's Community Development Agency director plans to strengthen partnerships – The Union of Grass Valley

Trisha Tillotson is ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work as the county’s director of the Community Development Agency.
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When Trisha Tillotson enrolled in kindergarten, her grandfather gave her a calculator that instilled in her a love of math and science and ultimately the desire to go into engineering.

Now she’s taking her skills and applying them as director of the county’s Community Development Agency.

“If a person wants to build a house, start a business or obtain a permit, the process should be simple while complying with requirements and at the same time it should easily obtain data of what’s needed, what’s allowed, and what’s involved,” said Tillotson, director of the county’s Community Development Agency. “I’d like to see the CDA be a partner with community organizations — the Sierra Business Council, Economic Resource Council, Realtors and contractors.”

Tillotson, a graduate of Nevada Union High School, received a bachelor’s of science at California State University, Chico. She worked 12 years at the Grass Valley Public Works Department before becoming director of the county’s Department of Public Works. As of June 28, she’s been head of the Community Development Agency.

“My past experience made me well rounded professionally,” she said. “In my new role, it reenforced my commitment to provide outstanding public service, improve accessibility, responsiveness and transparency.”

The Community Development Agency is an umbrella organization that among other responsibilities oversees the Agriculture Commission, Building Department, Environmental Health, Planning Department, Public Works and Cannabis Compliance.

Recently the Nevada County Civil Grand Jury published its report regarding commercial cannabis.

Among its findings was only 3% of cannabis growers were in compliance, and an estimated 3,500 to 4,000 illegal growers were

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