City of Fresno Selected for 2009 California Association of Enterprise Zones Annual Conference

Each year, the California Association of Enterprise Zones (CAEZ), holds its Annual Conference in a different Enterprise Zone community in the State. The conference is an opportunity for Enterprise Zone Managers, CPA's, and consultants to learn about and discuss legislation and changes at the state level, share best practices for marketing and managing their zones, and network with their peers. It also allows the host community a chance to showcase all that their city and Enterprise Zone have to offer.

The Economic Development Department is proud to announce that the 2009 CAEZ conference will be hosted jointly by the City of Fresno and Fresno County Regional Enterprise Zones in the City of Fresno! The date for the 2009 conference is tentatively scheduled for late October or early November and will bring approximately 150 economic development professionals together in the City of Fresno for three days of learning and networking.

The CAEZ is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 1990. Served by an elevenmember Board of Directors, each with Enterprise Zone and economic development experience, the mission of CAEZ is to:

  • Advance the art and science of implementing economic development in Enterprise Zones;
  • Initiate and prepare legislative action designed to enhance or preserve Enterprise Zones;
  • Develop specific written positions on state and federal legislation and administrative policy that impacts economic development within Enterprise Zones;
  • Foster the interchange of ideas and educational experiences in the field of Enterprise Zones; and
  • Enhance the career growth of professionals employed in the field of economic development in Enterprise Zones.

California's Enterprise Zone program was established in 1984 to stimulate business investment in depressed areas of the State and create job opportunities for Californians. Today, businesses and workers both continue to benefit from the program.

Current legislation allows for 42 Enterprise Zones. California communities received these designations from the State of California through a competitive process. While Zones have similar goals for improving the economic vitality of their communities, each is unique in the local incentives and special assistance they provide to the businesses located within the zone boundaries.

The City of Fresno was awarded its first Enterprise Zone designation in 1986. This original zone, which expired in 2006, included approximately 5,000 businesses addresses and was located primarily in downtown Fresno branching out into parts of southeast and southwest Fresno and the Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

In 2006, the City won a new, larger, Enterprise Zone designation which includes approximately 15,000 business addresses spanning throughout the City including downtown Fresno, parts of southwest and southeast Fresno, Fresno Yosemite International Airport, the 99 corridor area, Blackstone, River Park, Fashion Fair Mall, west Shaw, and parts of Herndon.

For more information on the City of Fresno Enterprise Zone or any of the City’s five Incentive Zones, please contact the Economic Development Department at (559) 621-8350.

CONTACT: John Wallace, Public Affairs Office (559) 621-7777
Economic Development Department (559) 621-8350

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