New Community Business Association Launched in Incline/Crystal Bay
Local leaders within the Nevada North Shore of Lake Tahoe have launched the Incline Village Crystal Bay Association (IVCBA). It is the region’s newest collaboration that was formed to build community and local communication among residents, businesses, and non-profit organizations.
“The concept was originally organized in 2009 as the Incline Community Business Association,” said IVCBA Executive Director. “As they could not secure enough funding to professionally run the organization, the ICBA has closed its doors. The good news is that they gave us permission to rebrand and re-energize their initial concept to create professional and fiscally stable collaboration that is significantly needed in our town.”
Offerdahl explained that the IVCBA offers a comprehensive list of new assets that the corridor of Incline Village and Crystal Bay have needed for many years.
All combined, the IVCBA is a platform for community collaborations, a source of local news, advocacy for businesses and nonprofits, and events that “bring synergy and a positive identity to Incline Village Crystal Bay,” she said.
“Thanks to the outpouring of our initial financial supporters, we are moving full-steam ahead,” said Offerdahl, who noted that subscriptions are free. Members can join at a variety of levels to receive greatly enhanced promotional and marketing packages.
We have developed a very comprehensive website which can be viewed at IVCBA.org that was built by locals, for locals,” said Offerdahl. Within the site our residents can have access to breaking news, local interest stories, events, educational workshops, business listings, and quick access to our many support services in town.
The organization with launch its first locally focused quarterly magazine this spring. Entitled “LIVE.WORK.PLAY,” the publication highlights its namesake. According to Offerdahl, the purpose of the elegantly designed magazine fills the need for connection among residents. Every issue contains features on local heroes and businesses – the kind of information that helps create the fabric and character of our community. It will be mailed at no cost to residents of Incline Village and Crystal Bay.
The outpouring of support from our agencies has been truly gratifying,” stated Linda Offerdahl who explained that grants from local foundations, organizations, and business owners have secured start-up funding. Charter Memberships include the Incline Village Community Hospital, North Lake Tahoe Fire Prevention District, Washoe Sheriff Incline Substation, Sierra Nevada University, and Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation .
In addition to Offerdahl’s personal funding, Ridgeline and the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation, along with business owner Dr. Jonathan Smith, and Washoe County Commissioner Alexis Hill have shown their support by becoming a Founding Member or pledged their membership for the new fiscal year in July.
Future in-person community and educational events are being planned at this time. IVCBA seeks to widen the access to information for people wishing to engage with the community. “New residents will learn about our community through a ‘Tap Into Tahoe’ new resident welcome program targeted to begin by June. People will come together for fun through community events such as Northern Lights in December, the 4th of July, and numerous events through our performing arts performances. Shopping center celebrations, such as a “TahoeberFest”, will all become possible as the vaccinations become widespread and it is safe to come together again,” said Offerdahl.
For more information about the IVCBA’s corporate sponsorship, its numerous membership benefits, resident information, and how to get involved, follow their progress at IVCBA.org. ###