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Apr 13, 2017

Business Outreach Rally Resource Guide - Spring 2017
Our business community makes us stronger. Our Chamber members connect us. Our public/private partnerships empower us. Our diversity energizes us. Our quality of life inspires us. Our commitment to innovation in all things distinguishes us. And helping you grow your business motivates us! That’s why we encourage and assist start-ups and entrepreneurs, help existing companies connect with growth capital, counseling and resources, advocate for business interests...

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Dec 15, 2016

Business Outreach Rally Fall, 2016 Survey Results
Results of the Fall, 2016 Business Outreach Rally. 

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Aug 05, 2016

Category: Economic Vitality Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Economic and Workforce Development Library, Business Attraction and Retention Library, International Development Committee (IDC) Library, Business Attraction and Retention Meeting Minutes, International Development Committee Meeting Minutes, Economic and Workforce Development Meeting Minutes

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Jun 08, 2016

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Apr 19, 2016

Board of Equalization’s Open Data Portal
The Board of Equalization’s Open Data Portal has added new features that make it easier to access our publicly available data in an easy-to-use format. Visit the website and you’ll find grids, graphs, and charts full of statistical information from a variety of categories, some that go back 100 years.  

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Dec 31, 2014

California Competes Tax Credit Workshop
Governor’s Economic Development Initiative, California Competes Tax Credit Statute & Draft Regulations

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Dec 31, 2014

Understanding Renewable Energy Businesses: Aligning Renewable Energy Firms and Economic Developers
Within the past decade, renewable energy industries have experienced faster growth rates than most other industries. Continued growth of renewable energy has the potential to meet many of the nation’s economic, environmental and social goals. This has policymakers, investors, and economic developers pondering how best to support the sustained growth of renewable energy. To help answer this question ...

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Dec 31, 2014

Red Hot Locations – How Important are Incentives?
200 delegates from all over the world converged on the Royal Meriden hotel near the People's Square to debate these and other issues affecting all who are involved in generating and attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). In answer to the first question, the consensus was that "incentives can't make a bad deal good, they can only make a good deal better". Sure, they are nice...

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Dec 31, 2014

Investor Plan Tech Hub for Former Offices of Fox Racing
A local tech investor is in escrow to buy the vacant Irvine building that until recently housed the regional offices of Fox Racing. Peter Polydor, cofounder of merchant bank ERGO Capital Partners, is leading an investor group in the purchase of 1621 Alton Parkway, a two-story, 40,852-square-foot office building. Escrow is expected to close within the next few weeks.

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Dec 31, 2014

Climate Prosperity Handbook and Getting Started Guide
With the advent of historic economic, environmental and social shifts taking place across the globe, comes a growing recognition for the inextricable benefits from the integration of sustainability initiatives and economic development. As noted throughout this handbook – we stand at a momentous crossroads, one much larger and more complex than when the work for this project began many months ago. In the months since...

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Dec 31, 2014

Moving East to California
A shuttered airbase is redeveloped.  An article by Adam Lashinsky from Fortune Magazine Oct 28, 2013 about development in Irvine's Great Park.

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Dec 31, 2014

Accelerating Success: Strategies to Support Growth-Oriented Companies
Growth-oriented companies go by various names and definitions, but they all have one thing in common – the appetite and aptitude for expansion. Growth calls for paying special attention to these job generators. Today’s environment of slow job ...

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Dec 31, 2014

Roadmap to Globalization - Updated
Globalization is the process by which regional and national economies are integrated into a larger, more diverse and more competitive global economy. It drives, and is driven by, the greater mobility of capital, people, businesses and information.It is enabled by the spread of the Internet and other information...

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Dec 31, 2014

The Economic Development Impacts of Immigration
A large body of research, from sources across the political spectrum, largely supports the notion that immigration strengthens the U.S. economy and contributes to society in several ways. One of the most significant ways in which immigrants support the American economy is by reinforcing the labor pool.

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Dec 31, 2014

Metro Freight: The Global Goods Trade that Moves Metro Economies
One of the lessons from the Great Recession is the need to grow and support the tradable sectors, typically manufacturing and high-end services, of our metropolitan economies. But to drive these tradable sectors, metropolitan areas need physical access to markets. Metropolitan freight connectivity enables...

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Dec 31, 2014

World's Most Competitive Cities
A report by Site Selection magazine in cooperation with IBM Global Business Services. "For cities seeking to attract investment, it is important that they understand their competitive position within each sector and business function." 

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Dec 31, 2014

Creating the Clean Energy Economy: Exec Summary
In the past five years, the U.S. has undergone shifting economic sands the likes of which haven’t been experienced since the Great Depression. Job losses in manufacturing and across the broader economy have prompted businesses, policymakers and concerned citizens to look forward with a pensive eye. One industry that holds promise is clean tech energy.

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Dec 31, 2014

Analysis of the Electric Vehicle Industry
Of all the oil consumed in the U.S., 70 percent is used for transportation. Further, passenger vehicles use 70 percent of transportation oil. This type of demand represents both a challenge and an opportunity to capitalize on new vehicle technologies, and in the process, reap substantial economic development benefits. In a world where oil is a limited resource, an alternate source of transportation fuel –...

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Dec 31, 2014

Getting Prepared: Economic Development in a Transforming Energy Economy
Now more than ever, economic development has to adapt to a volatile energy market and policies that are emerging to shape that market, a process that holds both opportunities and challenges. While the specifics of the transition to a low-carbon economy are still being deliberated both nationally and internationally, it appears likely that some type of cap and trade or carbon pricing will emerge.

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Dec 31, 2014

Analysis of the Net Zero Energy Home Industry
In 2008, the most recent year for which data is available, the United States was the highest consumer of energy in the world. Buildings are a major consumer of energy in the U.S., and their share of consumption is growing. In 2008, building energy consumption was 50 percent higher than in 1980. Taken together, industrial and residential buildings currently account for approximately 40 percent of...

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Dec 31, 2014

The Role of Local Elected Officials in Economic Development
Ten things you should know: 1. Your local economic strengths and weaknesses, 2. Your community’s place in the broader regional economy, 3. Your community’s economic development vision and goals, 4. 4. Your community’s strategy...

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Dec 31, 2014

Analysis of the Offshore Wind Energy Industry
Offshore wind power offers an inexhaustible energy source and, in the U.S., is located close to major population centers where demand for energy is highest. To date, this market has been insufficiently tapped. The U.S. has yet to produce a single megawatt (MW) of energy from an offshore wind source. The success of the domestic onshore wind industry foreshadows some of the potential of offshore...

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Dec 31, 2014

Jobs in the Making
This report explores the evolution of the manufacturing sector and what communities can do to foster its viability.

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Dec 31, 2014

Working Effectively with Site Selectors
Business attraction is the trunk from which economic development practice grew the broad branches it has today. Though it does not dominate economic development  ractice in the early 21st century as it did in earlier years, it remains a core function of many economic development organizations.

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Dec 31, 2014

To Benchmark your Competitive Advantages vs the European Life Science(LS) Industry
By Christian Saublens. This report drafted by KPMG is of interest to parties active across the LS field. It is based on our experience of operations set by non-European LS businesses in Europe, which typically center around distribution & Research & Development (R&D)

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Mar 31, 2014

Janus Forum Journal Spring 2014
Janus Institute teamed up with Site Selection to conduct a comprehensive survey of economic development professionals to determine how EDOs are using social networks to market communities and organizations. By Ron Starner Executive Vice President of Conway Data Inc.

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Feb 24, 2014

Young Businesses Not Small Businesses Create Jobs
By Will Yakowicz. An economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago says innovative startups less than four years old are the true leaders in job growth. ... Politicians, listen up: Young businesses--not small businesses--are most responsible for creating jobs in this country.

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Jan 29, 2014

Manufacturing Institutes: A key to Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing
At GE Ventures we aspire to be the innovation partner of choice—to empower a thriving community of entrepreneurs who want to power, cure, build, and move the world on a global scale. Our pillars of Equity Investing, New Business Creation, Licensing and Technology Transfer offer a holistic approach and platform that drive growth for our partners and for GE.

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Dec 16, 2013

17 Trends in Business to look for in 2014
1. Remote Work, 2. Home Technology, 3. Privacy-Enhancing Technologies, 4. Companies with Personality, 5. Wearable Computing, 6. Responsive Design...

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Oct 19, 2013

Interview with Greg LeRoy – Executive Director, Good Jobs First
By: Ed Burghard. I reached out to Greg LeRoy who is the founder and Executive Director of Good Jobs First.   Greg has an amazing depth of knowledge on the topic of subsidy accountability. I hope you enjoy this interview, and that you take the time to check out the Good Jobs First website.

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Oct 19, 2013

The Biggest Crowdfunding Criticisms
By: Ryan Caldbeck. Concern 1: Companies that use crowdfunding are weak. Concern 2: Confidentiality. Concern 3: The investors will not add value. These are the three concerns that I hear most often as CEO.

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Oct 05, 2013

CDFIs and Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding is a collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. Use of small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance a new initiative. Types of Crowdfunding: 1. Donation 2. Reward & Purchase, 3. P2P Lending & Securities 4. Exempted Securities.

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Oct 05, 2013

Economic Development via Immigrant Workers
2013 Annual Conference Presentation:  It’s not an accident. Cities that are benefitting from influxes of immigrants have taken purposeful steps to facilitate integration.  There are existing models. Promising practices exist and can be adapted and adopted. Immigration does not occur in a vacuum; context of established neighborhoods and longtime residents/business owners is important.

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Oct 05, 2013

How to Channel Mad Men's Don Draper On Behalf of Your Downtown
Things to know about Don...– He smokes and drinks heavily (Lucky Strike, Old Fashioned) – He is an unfaithful husband and a serial womanizer – He has a keen understanding of human psychology of both the consumer and the Client

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Oct 05, 2013

Powering Up: The Future of Energy & Economic Development 1
By  Robert Camoin, President & CEO Camoin Associates, Inc. & Advanced Energy Economics: Economic Impact of Wind. Presentation Outline 1. Trends in Wind Farm Investment 2. Wind Outlook 3. Results of Prior Economic Impact Studies 4. The Case of GLOW 5. Conclusions, Recommendations & Other Resources

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Oct 05, 2013

The Economic Development Impacts of Immigration
A large body of research, from sources across the political spectrum, largely supports the notion that immigration strengthens the U.S. economy and contributes to society in several ways. One of the most significant ways in which immigrants support the American economy is by reinforcing the labor pool.

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Oct 05, 2013

Taking the Mystery out of Best Places Rankings
2013 Annual Conference Presentation:  Panel consisting of Kurt Badenhausen, Senior Editor Forbes, Scott Cohn, Senior Correspondent CNBC & Dariel Curren, Senior Vice President Development Counsellors International.

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Oct 05, 2013

Where Business Goes to Grow
Simon Galpin Director-General of Investment Promotion for Invest HK. China: One Country Two Systems, Low and Simple Tax System, World Class ICT – Connecting, Human Capital - Quality Education, One of the Safest Cities in the World...

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Oct 05, 2013

Setting the Table: How to Prepare Your Downtown for Retail Recruitment / Retention Success
By Carrie W. Gray, Managing Director of Wilmington Renaissance Corporation Wilmington, Delaware. Who is WRC? A Privately funded, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works very closely with city and state government. The mission is to develop and implement strategies that will increase the economic vitality of Downtown Wilmington.

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Oct 05, 2013

Powering Up: The Future of Energy & Economic Development 2
Ryan Hodum, Vice President, David Gardiner & Associates; Energy Policy Advisor to Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy.  Introduction: Clean energy is an economic development opportunity, Global investment in clean energy reached over $280 billion in 2012 (up from $50 billion in 2004)...

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Oct 05, 2013

Leading Practices in Regional Development: The Roanoke-Blacksburg Innovation Blueprint
The Innovation Blueprint, a regional roadmap for supporting entrepreneurs and turning our innovation assets into new businesses and jobs. Developed by over 100 business and education leaders.

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Oct 05, 2013

Transforming your City into a Magnet for Global Talent 2
By Peter Paul, Maytree IEDC - Philadelphia - Slide set presentation from IEDC 2013

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Oct 05, 2013

Transforming your City into a Magnet for Global Talent 1
By: Simon Millcock: Director Economic Development Australia (EDA) Senior EDO Townsville City Council & Holistic Local Development (HoLD). Slide set regarding the Economic Development Australia

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Oct 05, 2013

Transforming Economies: Economic Development 21.0
Global Competition is Oblivious to Boundaries. Today, business expansion and location decisions are as much about casting affirmative votes on a nation’s competitiveness as much as they are about business growth strategy. Over the past 30 years, we have witnessed a dramatic change in how and where both established firms and new enterprises decide to locate their operations. Just how does the U.S. fare in...

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Oct 05, 2013

The Connector Program: An Innovation in Immigrant Retention
2013 Annual Conference Presentation: With Fred Morley Executive VP and Chief Economist Greater Halifax Partnership

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Oct 05, 2013

Reshoring: Total Cost of Ownership
Reshoring/Backshoring/Onshoring/Insourcing: Bringing back manufacture of products that will be sold or assembled here. Transplants are essentially reshoring. Producing near the consumer!

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Oct 05, 2013

The Technology Impact on Economic Development
2013 Annual Conference Presentation: How technology trends, innovation and globalization will affect traditional economic development agency business models.

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Oct 05, 2013

Calculating Economic and Fiscal Return on Incentives
From the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) a slide set on  www.informanalytics.org a user friendly, web-based and fully customizable for any region of the country. It  measures Big Four & Local Fiscal Impact, tracks and stores data in one place, Calculates ROI, Prints reports for boards, public officials or media.

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Oct 05, 2013

Plugging the Leaks: Local Ownership and Economic Multipliers Clinton County, OH
Slideset by: Chris Schock and Taylor Stuckert Clinton County, OH. Slide set featuring Local Visioning, Local Energy & Local People

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Oct 05, 2013

Alternative Energy through Traditional Energy
How the Natural Gas Revolution and Site Suitability Technologies are Providing New Economic Development Opportunities and Alternative Fuels in Louisiana Presented by: Victor Leotta & Tommy Kurtz, CEcD, MPA. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Oct 05, 2013

The Impact of Taxes and Incentives on the Inward Investment Performance of US States
Results of a study by Dr. Henry Loewendahl Managing Director, WAVTEQ Ltd. How important are taxes & incentives in location decision making? Evidence from over 3,000 companies investing in the USA.

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Oct 05, 2013

Solar Industry: Progress and Needs
By Andrea Luecke Executive Director of The Solar Foundation which was founded in 1977 and based in Washington, DC, The solar Foundation (TSF) is an independent nonprofit working to demonstrate the global benefits of solar energy through research and education.

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Sep 14, 2013

Help Wanted: (Ohio) Local Manufacturers Have Jobs they Can't Fill Because of Skills Gap
CLEVELAND, Ohio --  (Sept 3, 2013) Steris Corp. is trying to bring manufacturing jobs back to Northeast Ohio. A welcome development by any measure. There's one problem: The maker of medical equipment can't find enough qualified people to fill those jobs, despite promises of good pay and a clean and safe working environment.

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May 13, 2013

It's Time For City Planners To Adapt A New Model – Forbes May 2013
By Carl Schramm. I recently had my students study and dissect the plans for five cities, including the historic plans for one.  In all, ten plans.  These are the documents that cities routinely hire consultants to write, often compelled to do so by state statute. It seems its good municipal management to have a city plan. 

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Feb 25, 2013

Orange County City Lays Claims to National Jobs Title
Interview with  David Belsky: Is it surprising to hear that Irvine has gotten the title of highest job creation rate? DB: This is not surprising to hear and there are a lot of factors that go into this: Irvine has a much higher rate of college education than the rest of the state and probably, most of the country.  Irvine also has a better household income...

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Jul 25, 2012

Skills Gap – Perspectives on the Economy
Southern California’s Remarkable Life Sciences Industry: When we envision Southern California, we usually think about sun-drenched beaches, surfing, Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Rodeo Drive, and the seaside resorts of La Jolla and Newport Beach. It may surprise many to know that the region also has one of the largest life sciences industry clusters in the world....

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May 31, 2012

Irvine, California Visitor Impacts, 2005 – 2012
This study, prepared for Destination Irvine, documents the economic significance of the travel industry in the City of Irvine from 2005 through 2012 (preliminary). The report also provides estimates of visitor volume and average visitor spending, and a brief analysis of visitor air travel to John Wayne airport. The estimates are comparable to the county, regional and state travel impacts. .

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May 31, 2012

Life Sciences Cluster Report_Global
Global clusters: A review of established and emerging clusters within the three global regions of the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. As the life sciences landscape continues to evolve, opportunities to optimize facility and real estate portfolios and site-select for enhanced innovation efficiencies emerge.

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Aug 31, 2007

California Regional Economies Project – Industry Clusters 2007
Clusters of opportunity are sectors of the economy identified by growth in one or more areas: value, jobs or wages. A cluster of opportunity elaborates on the concept of an economic cluster – traditionally seen as export-oriented, geographically-concentrated, and interdependent industry sector...

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