2008 Press Releases



05/09/08  Representation Sought for Community Media Access Collaborative
Mayor Alan Autry is seeking interested applicants to the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) board for membership on the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC). This corporation is formed for scientific, educational, and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law). The JPA Board will initially consist of five members. >more 
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05/06/08  Enterprise Zone Final Designation
The City of Fresno Economic Development Department, together with the State of California Housing and Community Development Department will announce the finalization of the City of Fresno Enterprise Zone on: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 ~ 3:15 pmConvention Center Exhibit Hall (inside ‘M’ St. entrance) Businesses located in the City of Fresno Enterprise Zone benefit from significant tax credits. In FY 2007, an estimated $72 million in hiring tax credits were awarded to 240 businesses in the City of Fresno Enterprise Zone. >more 
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05/01/08  Immigration Rights March Tonight Will Impact Traffic Downtown
Two events are scheduled to begin at approximately the same time this evening which may affect the flow of traffic in the downtown area. The Immigration Rights March is scheduled to begin at 5:30PM on the Fulton Mall and proceed east on Tulare Street, north onto ‘P’ Street, and west onto Fresno Street – ending back at the Fulton Mall. Also this evening is the Grizzlies Baseball Game at Chukchansi Park. >more 
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04/30/08  Downtown Business Appreciation
The City of Fresno and its Economic Development Department, along with the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County, The Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Association, and the Fresno Redevelopment Agency have proclaimed April 30, 2008 as “Downtown Business Appreciation Day.” On Wednesday, April 30, 2008, Mayor Alan Autry, Council President Blong Xiong, and District 3 Councilwoman Cynthia Sterling will celebrate with the dedicated business owners who never lost focus of how important a vibrant Downtown Fresno is to the vitality of this community. Over the past decade, more than $1 billion of new and redeveloped projects have taken place because downtown businesses provided the rock upon which the City could build. >more 
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04/28/08  City Hosts National Architecture Conference, May 7-10
In the Garden of the Sun: California's San Joaquin Valley The City of Fresno’s Planning and Development Department and the Fresno Historical Society are co-sponsoring the annual conference of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) May 7-10, 2008. The VAF is a national organization of scholars, professionals and graduate students with an interest in regional building, historic landscapes and cultural heritage. Each year a conference is held in some part of the United States or Canada --- this is only the second time in 30 years that the group has held its annual meeting in California.Over the four days, conferees will attend lectures, take themed tours of the area and enjoy numerous meals that highlight our region’s ethnic heritage, including a catered lunch by the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church >more 
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04/25/08  Record Passenger Growth Continues at FYI
Passenger traffic at Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FYI) continues to be on the upswing despite a slowing economy, high fuel prices, and airline bankruptcies. In February, a total of 93,529 passengers traveled through FYI reflecting a 9.19% increase over February 2007. >more 
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04/23/08  ExpressJet Celebrates One Year of Service at FYI
Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FYI) is excited to celebrate the one-year anniversary with ExpressJet for providing direct service from FYI to Long Beach, Ontario and San Diego.To commemorate their anniversary, ExpressJet is hosting a public party at the Elbow Room Thursday evening from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Representatives from FYI encourage attendees to meet with ExpressJet representatives personally and encourage them to include direct air service to Sacramento. >more 
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04/10/08  Joint Youth Symposium Will Motivate Fresno’s Future Leaders
The Parks, After School, Recreation & Community Services Department (PARCS) together with the Fresno Unified School District would like to invite the media to attend Fresno’s Inaugural Youth Leadership Symposium on Saturday, April 12, 2008 from 9am to Noon in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The first time event will bring together 130 aspiring youth leaders from Fresno’s 11 high schools and 7 of the middle schools to give them an opportunity to meet and be mentored by city leaders with a means of positively supporting and inspiring them to become future agents of change in their schools and community.The opening session will feature brief presentations by several of Fresno’s Mayoral candidates, acquainting students with their distinct political platforms. >more 
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03/31/08  Improvement Projects Underway at FYI
On April 7, construction will begin on the much anticipated Airport Baggage Claim Expansion and Terminal Remodel projects. In addition to the expansion and remodel, the “Sense of Place” theming project, specifically designed to reflect the personality of the region with replicas of the nearby giant Sequoia trees, will also begin. To minimize the impact to passenger baggage collection during the facility expansion, one baggage claim carousel will remain in service at all times. >more 
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03/28/08  Statement Regarding Settlement in Boquist Case
With regard to the suit filed against the City of Fresno by temporary employee Karen Boquist, a settlement agreement has been reached. The City of Fresno Attorney’s Office is releasing the following statement:“The City of Fresno and Ms. Boquist have settled their lawsuit. >more 
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