Del Norte agri-business leaders will take center stage at this year's economic summit on Friday.

Hosted by the Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber of Commerce, the summit will feature a panel with representatives from Ocean Air Farms, Rumiano Cheese and Alexandre Kids LLC, said chamber Executive Director Jeff Parmer. Representatives from Oat Hill Organic Beef and Dahlstrom and Watt Bulb Farms will also participate in the panel.

The summit's theme this year is "home-grown economics," Parmer said.

"(They) will be discussing some of the challenges, but also the successes these businesses have had," he said. "They'll also be talking about opportunities for entrepreneurs that may be able to open a business that could provide them with the services they need."

A slaughterhouse would be an example of an auxiliary business to the agribusinesses in the area, Parmer said.

This year's economic summit comes as Del Norte County commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 tsunami with Tsunami Safe Week from Wednesday through March 26. The chamber will talk about the downtown walking tour, which starts on Saturday and will highlight different aspects of the '64 tsunami.

Parmer said he and the other coordinators hope to make the tour an annual event that will bring people to Crescent City from out of the area during the "shoulder season."

"What is considered main tourism season is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Anything on either side of that is considered shoulder season," he said. "Doing something in March around the anniversary of the '64 tsunami is a good thing to do for that time of year."

The economic summit will also feature an update on projects from Crescent City and Del Norte County representatives. Randy Hatfield, CEO of the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, will talk about the Fair Board's efforts to create a special district to ensure funding for future fairs.

Del Norte High School's computer-aided drafting class will showcase the items they made with their new 3-D printer. College of the Redwoods, the Elk Valley and Smith River rancherias and Yurok Tribe will also update participants on their economic development plans.

The summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the large community center at Elk Valley Rancheria at 2332 Howland Hill Road in Crescent City. Registration at the door will take place from 8 to 8:30 a.m.

Registration is $25 through 4 p.m. Thursday or $30 at the door. Breakfast and lunch is included.

For more information, call the chamber at 464-3174 or


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