Category Archives: Economic Development Department

Mixed bag

During a lengthy Economic Development Department budget presentation last night, Deputy City Manager Mike Locke provided brief updates on two of last year’s incentive programs meant to help boost the economy: • The city’s developer impact fee reduction and deferral program was intended to help spark growth. So far, it has not, Locke said. He [...]

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Annual financial report Monday (updated)

The City Council Audit Committee meets Monday to discuss the city’s annual financial report. We’ll post it when we get a copy; City Hall was closed Friday. UPDATE: If you’d like to see a copy of the financial report, which was released to the audit committee Monday afternoon, click here (20MB file, but uploaded to [...]

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Duran out

City Hall employees returned to work today after a long absence – minus Gus Duran, who for the past year temporarily filled the economic development director position, a key post that has experienced high turnover. His contract, which expired Dec. 31, was not renewed. Reached in Irvine today, Duran was asked if he was a [...]

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Stockton still in the running with distributor

When the City Council in September approved a broad development fee reduction program, one of the immediate goals was create an economic incentive that would keep Stockton competitive with large companies looking to come to or stay in Stockton. Stockton is still in talks with one of those undisclosed companies for a 1 million-square-foot distribution [...]

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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 [...]

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City Council agenda

Here’s the one for Tuesday. There’s only one public hearing, but it’s a big one: a proposed major incentive for developers. City Hall wants to temporarily cut some development impact fees in half in hopes of enticing companies that have expressed interest in expanding or relocating in Stockton. In a separate incentive, some development fees [...]

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Post-weekend items

Welcome back from a long weekend. Wanted to throw up a couple of items here as we get back into the swing of things. •The most recent city economic development newsletter announces a “Mayor’s Economic Development Summit” next month, in partnership with the Northeastern California Small Business Development Center at San Joaquin Delta College. •While [...]

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