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   You're Going to Love Ag Speed Dating!

For the past two years, Butte County EDC has put on the "Ag Speed Dating" event where 24 producer/growers "date" 12 potential buyers. This event has been enormously successful producing 86 NEW business connections in 2011 and 240 NEW business connections in 2012 - a 179% increase. In 2012, 13 deals were made on the spot and dozens were reported in the works. The event is growing and will include three locations this year - Chico, Redding and Yuba City.

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Ag Speed Dating Gets Upstate California's Attention


Prior to launching Ag Speed Dating in February 2011, BCEDC's Ag Innovation Committee met for two years.

Spurred on by the USDA's report - Jobs, Economic Development & Sustainable Communities in February of 2010, BCEDC began to formulate a plan. Good reports and information have been plentiful by government and other agencies and organizations. —The economy and common sense required immediate action. BCEDC decided to take a leap. Today, our model is being looked out throughout the Upstate California region, which covers a 20-county area. It will complement a much larger endeavor - Upstate California's first regional Food Expo - lead by Upstate California Economic Development Council.