Partnership Board of Directors to meet in Merced May 21

The Partnership Board of Directors said its second-quarter meeting will be May 21 at the Merced Civic Center in the Sam Pipes Room.

The meeting will feature a panel of Merced County private sector professionals who will present their needs to the Partnership Board.

The Partnership Board of Directors includes publicly elected officials, community and private sector leaders.

The board meeting provides board members and Valley stakeholders the opportunity to hear updates from the 10 partnership work groups.

Regional challenges, projects and legislation issues will also be explored, the board said in a news release.

The panel of community leaders includes Andy Krotik, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Gonella Realty; Ron Lawrence, manager, J.C. Penney Co. (retired); Gonzalo Rodriguez, project manager, Brookfield Land; and Kent Christensen, Merced County assessor.

The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, initiated by an executive order from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is an effort to bring together public and private leaders and resources to address economic, environmental and social issues in the eight-county San Joaquin Valley, from Kern to San Joaquin counties.