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Assemblyman Perez Holds EZ Rountable in Calexico

The office of Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez just released the following press release:

(CALEXICO) – Today, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy, V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) held a roundtable meeting to discuss proposed changes to the California Enterprise Zone Program and other Geographically-Targeted Economic Development Area (G-TEDA) programs. Roughly 35 people attended, including leaders from the Calexico County, Imperial Valley, and Coachella Valley Enterprise Zones, city council members, and business owners who either operate businesses in the zones or are interested in relocating to one.

“We have spent many months developing a varied set of recommendations, gathering them through a public process that included hearings held in Sacramento, San Diego, and San Jose,” said Pérez. “Before we head into the next legislative year, I wanted to hear directly from local business and zone staff in the 80th District to gain their perspectives about the many different proposals we have in front of us.”

The meeting was held at the Hometown Buffet, located in the Calexico County Enterprise Zone. About the meeting, owner Carlton Hargrave remarked, “As a member of the Calexico community I was extremely proud to have Assemblymember Pérez host an Enterprise Zone roundtable here in our region. The economic benefits of this program are very important to our city and county and I appreciate the opportunity to have direct input on legislation and policy being worked on in Sacramento.”

Imperial Valley Enterprise Zone Manager Diane Cason also expressed enthusiasm for the event: “It is extremely beneficial to have the Assemblymember meet directly with the locals and ask them for their input. The roundtable was a great opportunity to speak with him one-on-one.”

The roundtable caps off a series of meetings and hearings conducted over the last several months by the Committee to thoroughly examine the state’s Enterprise Zone program to ensure it is meeting the needs of local communities during this time of recession.

The Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy is the policy committee within the California State Assembly responsible for reviewing policies and legislation related to small business development, international trade, G-TEDAs and other economic development related issues. The committee regularly publishes reports on these areas of interest. Copies of these reports are available online at

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Antonio Ortega at 916-319-2080 or Amy L. Wilson at 916-319-2080.

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