Mcconnell Foundation Hires Rachel K. Hatch – Focus Will Be on Revitalization of Downtown Redding

McConnell Foundation Rachel K Hatch

Rachel K. Hatch joins The McConnell Foundation as a new program officer, with experience in community building, and eager to work in the area of community vitality. The Foundation identified participating in the revitalization of downtown Redding as its first priority for this position.  Hatch begins her work at the Foundation on May 22, 2017.

Since 2008, Hatch has been working as a research director for the Institute for the Future, based in Palo Alto.  As Research Director, she has leveraged foresight to help companies, government groups and philanthropic organizations to focus on trends and disruptions that are likely to influence communities in the next decade.

Raised in Iowa, Hatch is a graduate of St. Olaf College, Trinity College Dublin and Yale Divinity School.  She and her husband, Aaron, moved to Redding six years ago.  She has played a key role in TEDxRedding, Catalyst Redding Young Professionals, the Redding Fashion Alliance, the Women’s Fund, programming to emphasize the Power of Place, and numerous other community contributions.

Hatch’s new position will complement other Foundation staff working in children, youth and education; sustainable/livable communities; scholarships; and Laos, Nepal, and Yosemite programs. The Foundation’s mission is to help build better communities through philanthropy, and community vitality is at the heart of that mission.  The Foundation board of directors recently identified revitalization of downtown Redding as a focus for the next decade.

"Our board believes that we have the unique ability to be a part of cultural and systemic change. We have stick-to-itiveness as demonstrated by our commitment to Lema Ranch, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, the Sundial Bridge, Redding School of the Arts, and 30 years of grant making in the north state. In addition to the built environment, we recognize the essential value of social infrastructure. Rachel's hire is part of our commitment to partner in downtown Redding thoughtfully," said John Mancasola, president and CEO.

-from press release
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7 Responses

  1. kerr, david says:

    I doubt Redding can be revitalized.  Gary Cadd has been saying that municipal bankruptcy is inevitable.  I think Macy’s, Kmart, Sears,  Penneys, Shopko will all close because of online shopping.

    Dearborn Heights is a bedroom community for Dearborn, headquarters of Ford.  Dearborn went from 80,000 population in 1970 to 57,000 today.  Dearborn lost about 25,000.    Redding can’t compete.  It will go the way of the cities dependent on Ford Motor Company.

    Redding could see sales tax rates as high as the highest in the state (9.75%).  Prop 30 protection of commercial properties is very likely to go away sometime in the next five years and that will force a lot of companies to close.

    Bethel is about the only kind of investment that makes sense.  It does not depend on the health of the local economy.

  2. Virginia says:

    Opened my new Redding City bill.  Ouch!  Everything seems to be up.

    But the City gives scholarships through Redding Electric, which are very nice, but not when the City can’t pay for the pension fund in the rears.

    Holy Cow!  But where is the cow?


  3. Lynne Wonacott Lynne Wonacott says:

    Those who do not become part of the solution are the PROBLEM.  I have only known Rachel for a couple of years but she is an  innovative thinker and is full of enthusiasm and energy.  She believes in Redding and is ready to step into a role that will give her access to others like her.   Many cities have recovered from far greater problems and we can too.  Kudos to you Rachel.  Many of us believe in you and the City of Redding.

  4. Janet Tyrrel says:

    Rachel is ideal for this position.  She is a positive, analytic, caring, and follow-through person.  It should be a good fit for McConnell Foundation, which I view as progressive and desirous of improving our north state communities.


  5. Russell K. Hunt says:

    COR needs to think outside it’s toy box. Sell South City Park for a shopping center and the County Fire Dept on Cypress Ave (city owned) and the ball fields. Sell Parkview Riverfront Park for  multi-story office buildings. But the property is valuable and will pay for the move of all the sports and fire facilities. A big dead zone downtown. It’s fun to play Monopoly planner but realistically the homeless need to be housed somewhere else than the streets. The City can donate  a 20 acre parcel on Metz Rd. for a  homeless camp and sheds to be donated to a non-profit. Later move the mission down there. How many times have fantasy plans been drawn and never realized ? And Cadd is right and hope he seeks the council seat again. Later this year PERS will lower its imaginary investment gains to  6% . There will be massive bankruptcies in all public entities. New City Manager, Kim Neimer needs to adopt an emergency plan. Merge RPD with the Sheriff’s force. Privatize the Fire Dept. Close the Solid Waste Division and contract out those services.

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