City Economic Development Wins Statewide Award
05/07/2007 and Municipal Restoration Zone programs, created by the City Economic Development Department, received statewide recognition from the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) on May 2, 2007.

The two programs were created to help improve the economic outlook for the City of Fresno. is an informational based web site that serves the business community. The site was created as a one-stop-shop for individuals interested in starting a new business in the City of Fresno. The Municipal Restoration Zone (MRZ) is an initiative of Mayor Autry’s created in January of 2006 to help end the tale of two cities by providing significant fee and tax incentives, in addition to the initiatives already in place as part of the Federal Empowerment Zone and State Enterprise Zone, to businesses located within the City’s urban core. The goal of the MRZ is to ensure that residents of our most challenged neighborhoods are not left behind and that seeds of prosperity are planted for future generations.

CALED is California’ premier professional economic development organization dedicated to advancing its members’ ability to achieve excellence by delivering economic development services to their communities and business clients.

For more information on or the Municipal Restoration Zone, contact Peggy Chiok at (559) 621.8360 or Melodee Schwamb at (559) 621.8366.

CONTACT: Rhonda Jorn, Public Affairs Manager (559) 621-7777 Patti Miller, Public Affairs Administrator 621-7795

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