Odds and ends on economic growth

• Speaking of the city’s efforts to spark economic growth, Mike Locke, CEO of the economic development nonprofit San Joaquin Partnership, told me recently that he has seen an uptick in interest in San Joaquin County from companies wanting to expand or relocate.

By the end of August this year, he said, the partnership had opened 60 active client project files. Compare that to all of last year, which saw 59. The county doesn’t land all of those, of course (about 16 last year, Locke said), but it’s promising.

• In Stockton, planning leaders next month will consider a proposal to develop and annex 70 acres of vacant county land in the southwest corner of Arch and Newcastle roads for industrial uses.

Could it be related to any of the companies that have recently expressed interest in expanding or relocating in Stockton? Ryan McClean, senior regional director for First Industrial Realty Trust, the property’s owner, said there are no specific projects lined up right now. Rather, the firm is trying to get its land entitlements out of the way so that as soon as a company does want to move in there, that company can just turn the key.

That doesn’t mean there might not be interest floating around in the property. But companies don’t always tell officials which specific parcels they’re eyeing, Locke said.

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