Economic Vitality

Economic vitality is the engine that drives our community’s well being.  Our vision of the future focuses on business diversity. Our diversity must be vast enough to weather changing times and robust enough to provide the jobs to the families that live in our community. Our emphasis on superior education will help us to attract quality companies and employment. Economic vitality will allow us to attain our vision of prosperity for our families, and provide outstanding business opportunities, superior public services, and a safe, friendly community.


Education is an important aspect of our community’s quality of life. Our vision for a successful future establishes an education system that is challenging and distinct enough to hearten the highest levels of student achievement and provides enduring learning opportunities. Our community will continue to improve the strength and diversity of our education system. Educational superiority is essential to attaining our realization of economic health, a fit environment, self-reliant families, and an exceptional community.

Health and Well-Being

Our idea of a healthy community focuses on allowing the people in the community to celebrate and live life to its fullest. State of the art medical equipment and technology will permit the community to care for their critical needs and to get care here in our community. Experienced and caring physicians, nurses and caregivers are at the heart of our current health care system. Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley has 124 beds, Acute Medical and Surgery care for patients, a Cardiac Unit, Intensive Care, Surgery, Women and Infants Care, Transitional Care and has a full Outpatient Surgery Center.

Public Safety and Welfare

Today, more than ever, security is critical to our economic development and growing tourism activities. Feeling safe and secure in our own community is vital to making our destination the region’s most diverse and hospitable visitor destinations. The Leaders in our community continue to seek to develop new programs to effectively prevent crime. Our ongoing efforts to strengthening our neighborhoods, investing in our youth, coordination, and sharing of information will assist us in attaining our vision for a safer community.


Land of blue skies, green trees, and golden opportunities…this colorful phrase captures the essence of the quality of life in beautiful western Nevada County.

If you ask residents what is so special about their community, they’ll probably begin by telling you about the landscape – the charming historic gold rush towns surrounded by rolling hills and towering green pines, the graceful oaks shading pastures in the lower elevations, and the snow-covered Sierra peaks in the background. Then they will tell you about the quality of life that makes Nevada County unique.

With an average elevation of 2,500 feet, the area enjoys a mild, four-season climate. Skies are generally a brilliant blue from May to October with average temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees during the daytime, cooling off to the 50’s in the evenings.

The rainy season from November to April is also mild. Daytime temperatures typically rise to the 40’s and 50’s and nighttime temperatures drop into the 30’s. The average rainfall is 55 inches per year. While light snow may fall a few times a year, it rarely lasts very long.

Each year, families and retirees take advantage of the ultimate golden opportunity by choosing to make western Nevada County their new home. Leaving behind the congestion, clutter and rampant crime of the urban areas, they are charmed by the casual country lifestyle, finding small-town friendliness, community celebrations, civic and special interest clubs, farmer’s markets, outdoor fun, recreational opportunities and cultural events for everyone to enjoy.

Time Magazine, in its December 8, 1998, edition, named Grass Valley as one of California’s “Hot Small Towns” and Nevada City was featured in The Great Towns of America.

Even with all of its rural appeal, the community is not isolated. The California State Capitol, Sacramento, is only an hour’s drive away.

San Francisco is 150 miles to the west. To the east, the fun and excitement of Reno and Lake Tahoe are within easy driving distance.