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Merced County EZ Progress

In contrast to the progress being made in San Joaquin County, Merced County’s new zone does not have the benefit of SB 341. The need for an Environmental Impact Report has caused considerable delay and consternation for the new zones. Merced County is asking for supporters of the new EZ to make their support known:

Currently we are working on meeting the conditions set by the Department of Housing & Community Development. One of the major obstacles we have to overcome is an Program Environmental Impact Report. The report is complete and will be presented to the Merced County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10 am at the Board Chambers located at 2222 M Street, Floor 3 in Merced.

Like most recent Environmental Impact Reports brought before the County this report maybe subject to objection from various local groups. The success of this report is crucial in our steps to obtain final designation for the Enterprise Zone.

This is your opportunity to show the Board of Supervisors how businesses you represent utilize this program and how their business would be impacted if the Enterprise Zone is not given final designation.

Please pass this information on to your customers and let them know this maybe their only chance to speak publically about the Enterprise Zone and how it benefits them doing business in Merced County. If they not able to attend the Board of Supervisor’s meeting, they could send a representative along with a letter of support.

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