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Who Wants to be a Zone in 2010?

The deadline to submit applications to HCD to become a new Enterprise Zone in 2010 is Sept. 15. There are only two openings, so the competition will be significant. The two expiring zones are Lindsay and Shafter; of course, Lindsay is part of the new Sequoia Valley zone and therefore won’t apply for a new zone.

Here is a collection of findings indicating what that competition might look like:

Based on this City Council agenda, it appears that Shafter will apply to replace its zone.

Santa Clarita will be applying for a new zone in partnership with Los Angeles County to replace its existing zone. This is a similar maneuver that worked for Sacramento last year, if successful they would not use up one of the two openings.

There had been some earlier interest to make a similar move in Imperial Valley, but that process will not be proceeding in this application round.

The City of Los Angeles and the City of Huntington Park will attempt to get a new zone to replace the Harbor Zone which was unsuccessful in its 2008 bid.

Three west valley cities–Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, and Palm Springs, are in the process of jointly applying for what would be the Coachella Valley’s second enterprise zone.

Anaheim, one of the 2009 round applicants, has considered an application in the 2010 round.

The cities of Apple Valley and Victorville with the County of San Bernardino are considering applying for the “Victor Valley Enterprise Zone.”

In the 2009 application round there were 15 applications for four open slots. I would expect we should see a similar number of applications for this round as well.

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