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10/10/13  Mayor Swearengin: New Initiative Aimed at Making Fresno ‘One of Most Business Friendly Cities’ in California, Nation
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today unveiled “Business Friendly Fresno,” an initiative designed to make the City of one of the most business friendly cities in California and across the nation.In the initiative, Mayor Swearengin is bringing together private sector minds with City staff to make sure the City’s development application, permitting and construction management processes are cutting edge, highly coordinated, friendly, easy to navigate, and measurably competitive with other cities in the region and other regions of the country.“The goal of Business Friendly Fresno is straightforward: Making Fresno become well known around California and the nation as one of the best cities for expanding business opportunities, creating diverse high-paying employment opportunities and competitive returns on private investment, and offering a desirable and attractive quality of life,” Mayor Swearengin said.As part of the initiative, Mayor Swearengin has formed a Business Friendly Fresno Task Force that will be headed by community leader Pete Weber and supported by a Staff Action Team co-chaired by Weber and Jennifer Clark, director of the City’s Development and Resource Management Department >more 
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10/03/13  Forty Local Governments Hail Significant Energy Rate Reduction to Attract Jobs
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today, in the culmination of a 19-month proceeding, approved two new PG&E rates especially designed to attract jobs to California. An unprecedented 40 California cities and counties (the Local Government Parties or LGP) who have supported PG&E throughout this process applaud the CPUC for this decision.“For us, this process has always been about jobs,” Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin said. “Areas of high unemployment in a state that is perceived as wealthy pose a particular problem for local policy makers >more 
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10/03/13  City of Fresno to Hold Waste Tire Amnesty Event Saturday
FRESNO -- The City of Fresno Community Revitalization Division, using grant funding available from CalRecycle, will hold a Waste Tire Amnesty Day event on Saturday, Oct. 5, to allow City of Fresno citizens to part with their unwanted waste tires. Some event restrictions include: Participants must be City of Fresno residents, no tractor or diesel tires, no business-generated tires, and each resident is limited to (9) tires. >more 
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09/27/13  City of Fresno Filing Action Seeking Ruling On Legality of Water-Rate Initiative
FRESNO, CA –The Fresno City Council Thursday approved filing a declaratory relief action seeking a court ruling on the legality of a proposed initiative to put the water rates approved in August on a ballot next year. Mayor Swearengin commended the City Council for putting the need for a clean, reliable water supply for City residents ahead of political expedience. “Proponents of the measure have shown a reckless disregard for the truth about the City’s water supply,” Mayor Swearengin said. “There is no magic water supply beneath the City; instead, we have a cone of depression 70 years in the making >more 
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09/18/13   Kevin Meikle Named City of Fresno’s Director of Aviation
Fresno, CA – Kevin Meikle, a 24-year City of Fresno employee and long-time leader in the City’s Airports Department, has been named the City of Fresno’s Director of Aviation, City Manager Bruce Rudd announced today. Meikle, 55, has been serving as interim director of aviation since 2012. Meikle has worked in the Airports Department since 2002, serving as assistant director of aviation from 2011 to 2012 and Airports Planning and Engineering Manager from 2002-11. >more 
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09/13/13  Unprecedented Coalition of California Cities and Counties Calls on State Utilities Commission to Act and Pass Jobs Measure
FRESNO (September 12, 2013) – An unprecedented coalition of some 30 cities and 10 counties across central and northern California is urging the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to approve a proposal by PG&E to introduce two new discount electric rates designed to attract or keep jobs in the region and state. The “Local Government Parties” coalition is specifically supporting the Enhanced Economic Development Rate (E-EDR) that is targeted at areas of high unemployment, such as the San Joaquin Valley and northern counties of California. A number of economic development, business and community groups also have offered their support.The E-EDR will offer a rate reduction of up to 35 percent for five years for companies with power loads of at least 200 kilowatts that bring jobs to California or keep existing jobs here that otherwise would leave the state >more 
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09/10/13  Arts Education Initiative, ANY GIVEN CHILD, to Unveil Long-Range Plan
FRESNO – The City of Fresno, Fresno Unified and Fresno County Office of Education will be joining to announce the unveiling of the Any Given Child arts education initiative at a press event on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Yokomi Elementary School, 2323 E. McKenzie Ave., Fresno, beginning at 10:30 a.m >more 
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09/09/13  City of Fresno Plans Bike Through (Neighborhood) History November 2
FRESNO – The City of Fresno has announced plans for this year’s “Bike Through History” on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon >more 
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09/06/13  Mayor Swearengin: ‘Historic’ Federal Grant Will Help Return Downtown Fresno to Prosperity
FRESNO – Calling it “a historic moment for the City of Fresno,” Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said a $16 million federal grant for a Fulton Mall reconstruction project will help return downtown Fresno to its prosperous past. The grant is one of the largest investments of federal or state funds in a single City of Fresno project in the City’s history. U.S >more 
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08/28/13  City of Fresno Will Provide Regular Residential Waste Collection Service on Labor Day
FRESNO -- The City of Fresno’s Solid Waste Management Division will provide regular residential waste collection service on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.The once-a week collection of residential trash, recyclables and green waste will remain on its original service schedule, uninterrupted by the holiday. >more 
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