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Investing in Social Equity: $28.5 Million Works to Counteract Impacts of the War on Drugs

Sacramento, CA – Today, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced 69 grants totaling $28.5 million awarded to organizations across the state. The funds come from cannabis tax revenue generated by The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64, 2016), and are granted through the California Community Reinvestment Grants (CalCRG) program. These grants serve communities disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs (WoD).

“We have a moral responsibility to address the War on Drugs’ multi-generational impacts that have marginalized communities throughout our state,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “Programs like CalCRG exemplify California’s commitment to this responsibility, and it ensures our cannabis marketplace remains rooted in social justice.”

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Announces New Members to Entrepreneurship Task Force

Sacramento, CA – In July, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced five new members to its Entrepreneurship Task Force (Task Force) alongside the fourth episode of GO-Biz’s podcast, Made in California.
 
New members:

  • Kusum Kavia, Co-Founder and President, Combustion Associates, Inc. 
  • Jay Goth, Managing Partner, Murrieta Genomics
  • Ellen Chen and Mario Del Pero, Co-Founders, Mendocino Farms
  • Ryan Gales, CEO, Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Inc.

Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor Releases Statement on August Employment Numbers

Sacramento, CA – Following the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) release of the state’s employment data from August, the Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, Lenny Mendonca issued the following statement.

GO-BIZ AND CDFA ANNOUNCE $600,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR CALIFORNIA’S GLOBAL TRADE EXPANSION PROGRAM

SACRAMENTO, September 13, 2019 - The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) today announced that California received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help California small businesses boost trade and exports abroad. CDFA and GO-Biz will use the funds as part of the California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to help California small businesses participate in activities like foreign trade shows and access foreign markets through trade promotion initiatives.
 
“We look forward to the continued support from the US Small Business Administration. State access to STEP funds have allowed us to create opportunities for small businesses to market their products globally, scale their operations, meet new international customers, and create jobs across our state,” said Bud Colligan, Senior Advisor for International Affairs and Trade at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). “As the world’s 5th largest economy, California needs to make sure our small businesses are integrated into the global economy and the STEP program allows us to do just that.”

Growing California Businesses, $90 Million Available in CalCompetes Tax Credits

Sacramento, CA – Today, $90 million in tax credits is officially available to businesses that want to come to California or stay and grow in the Golden State. The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is now accepting applications for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC). The tax credit program is open to any business planning to create new full-time jobs in the state, regardless of size or location. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 19 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time). The online application automatically closes once the deadline has passed.
 
“This Administration is committed to ensuring the California Dream is accessible to all Californians,” said Lenny Mendonca, Chief Economic Advisor to the Governor, GO-Biz Director, and Chair of the California Competes Tax Credit Committee. "Since 2014, we have allocated nearly $1 billion to 1,029 companies through the California Competes Tax Credit. That has led (or is leading) to the creation of more than 100,000 jobs and nearly $19.5 billion in new investments across the state. This is a vital tool we have to support businesses that are adding good-paying, high-quality jobs across all regions of California.”

Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor Releases Statement on June Employment Numbers

Sacramento, CA – Following the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) release of the state’s employment data from June, the Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, Lenny Mendonca issued the following statement.

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Releases EV Charging Station Permitting Guide

Sacramento, CA – Today, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) released its Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permitting Guidebook, a document designed to help businesses and communities work together to accelerate the expansion of California’s charging station network.  
 
“Access to charging stations is fundamental to building a zero-emission vehicle system for all drivers,” said the Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor and Director of GO-Biz Lenny Mendonca. “Success starts at the local level, and our team is eager to continue working with local stakeholders to accelerate market development.” 

Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor Releases Statement on May Employment Numbers

Sacramento, CA – Following the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) release of the state’s employment data from May, the Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, Lenny Mendonca issued the following statement.

More than $55M in approved tax credits brings nearly 7,000 new jobs to California

Sacramento, CA – Today, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced that the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) committee approved $55,805,158 in tax credits for 20 companies projected to create 6,824 jobs and make $466,521,930 in new investments across California.  View the complete list of approved companies and award amounts.

“The California Competes Tax Credit continues to encourage companies from around the world to locate, expand and add good paying jobs in our state,” said Lenny Mendonca, Chief Economic Advisor to the Governor, GO-Biz Director, and Chair of the California Competes Tax Credit Committee. “Seeing so many jobs coming to our inland communities is truly invigorating. California’s inland communities are places of great opportunity and innovation. We hope to see more of this growth across the state, in line with our Regions Rise Together initiative as we all play our role in ensuring our economy is one that works for all Californians.” 

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Visits City of Stockton

Stockton, CA – Today, Lenny Mendonca, the Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), toured the City of Stockton to learn more about the work the City has done and to champion its proactive engagement in Opportunity Zones.

 “Opportunity Zones provide an excellent opportunity to revitalize low-income areas in California,” said the Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor and Director of GO-Biz Lenny Mendonca. “As we lean into building a more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive economy, we must ensure that it is also an equitable one. Attracting investment in areas that for too long haven’t received their fair share will ensure a California for all.”

Media Contact

Kaitlin Lewis
Assistant Deputy Director of Communications 

Emailkaitlin.lewis@gobiz.ca.gov

Phone: (916) 204-2107

 

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