SANTA PAULA – Nonprofit groups and community leaders are being encouraged to take advantage of a network of resources to foster community and economic development in Ventura County in the areas of Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru. State Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, and Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, R-Westlake Village, sponsored Santa Paula’s Community Renewal Regional Conference on Oct. 29, offering advice on how to apply the statewide program locally. The Community Renewal Project is a partnership between California legislators and the Capitol Resource Institute. Organized in 2000, the project increased its presence through California’s diverse communities hosting conferences that bring faith, community, business and elected leaders together to enhance their efforts to strengthen their communities. The Santa Paula conference in October focused on ways to use the program to equip faith-based and community leaders with the knowledge and tools necessary to revitalize and renew their communities and organizations. A number of officials from surrounding cities attended, including Santa Paula Mayor Mary Ann Krause, and representatives of the Higgy Foundation, Las Piedras Police Storefront, Cabrillo Economic Development Corp., Emanuel Lutheran Church, Girl Scouts of America, Heritage Valley Tourism Bureau, Fillmore Family Recreation Center, Interface, Santa Paula Family Resource Center and Action-Spirit of Santa Paula. For information on the project, visit www.communityrenewal.net. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!