Please join us on February 9 in welcoming our guest speaker, Craig Scharton who will tell us all that is happening in downtown Fresno.
Craig Scharton Bio
Craig Scharton is the owner of Peeve’s Public House & Local Market. Peeve’s Public House features locally-sourced, seasonal food in a casual pub atmosphere. Craig is also the Fulton Project Manager for the Downtown Fresno Partnership. Each Spring he teaches Urban Entrepreneurship at Fresno State. He also leads the Fresno Downtown Academy which is now in its 4th cohort. Craig is on the Board of the Fresno Housing Authority (Board Chair 2014/2015) and on the Board of the California Restaurant Association.
Craig Scharton was the Director of the Downtown and Community Revitalization Department for the City of Fresno. During his career, he has served as a local elected official, a real estate entrepreneur, and as a non-profit executive director of two Main Street programs and the Central Valley Business Incubator. He is a Lecturer for a course titled Urban Entrepreneurship, through Fresno State’s Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and has an M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.
Craig has attracted investors, been the general managing partner for 200,000 square feet of commercial space in downtown Fresno, secured millions of dollars of financing for entrepreneurs, and worked with hundreds of small businesses. In 2002, he was elected by his peers to serve as the President of the California Main Street Alliance, representing the 39 best downtown revitalization organizations in the state.
As a Fresno Councilman, Craig and the neighborhood developed the Tower District Specific Plan (Fresno’s first neighborhood conservation plan) and wrote and passed the 50% Shade Tree Ordinance. He has been a speaker for the National Main Street’s Annual Conference and for the Nation Trust for Historic Preservation.
Invite friends who might be interested and get them to register online.
All registrations for this luncheon must be made online prior to luncheon.
Check in and Networking starts at 11.10 am.
Judy Strickler - Juice Plus/Tower Garden
Teresa King - GSCCS