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Stockton Council Member Kathy Miller Voices Strong Support for the San Joaquin County Enterprise Zone

News Conference in Stockton Showcases the Region’s Thriving Zone

May 23, 2013
With California’s only remaining economic development program slated for elimination, Stockton City Council Member and League Board of Director Kathy Miller joined dozens of employees in the San Joaquin Enterprise Zone on Thursday morning at a press conference to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal.
The Governor’s May Revise shifts $700 million from the Enterprise Zone program, taking money and jobs away from minority and disadvantaged communities in favor of a new, untested statewide program.

The news conference was held in Stockton at Premier Finishing, a company located within the San Joaquin Enterprise Zone that does cutting edge power coating, liquid coating, EMI-RFI shielding, production silk screening, pad-printing and light mechanical assembly. Craig Walters, Premier’s president, also addressed the assembled reporters along with Council Member Miller, and 24 Premier employees.
The San Joaquin County Enterprise Zone is making a significant impact in the region. In 2012, more than 2,700 new jobs were created locally with an additional 8,200-plus existing jobs protected. But even more impressive are the statewide stats. California’s 40 Enterprise Zones lead to the creation of more than 25,000 jobs and kept another 115,000 people employed.
Speaking to the Stockton Record, La Opinion and Univision, Council Member Miller stressed how the Governor’s proposal is the wrong approach for California, especially in cities trying to rebuild themselves such as Stockton. “I understand the need to make legitimate improvements on the program. But as someone who has seen first-hand the good that Enterprise Zones can achieve in disadvantaged communities, I cannot accept the proposals from the Governor and the Legislature.”
Council Member Miller also remarked how the Governor’s proposal, which will effectively kill Enterprise Zones, is going to hurt disadvantaged communities the most. “With the unemployment rate still nearing 10 percent statewide, we need to be expanding programs like the Enterprise Zone, not restricting them. Creating jobs is the goal; the Enterprise Zone is the solution.”
Additional news conferences are being scheduled throughout California in the coming weeks by Californians for Improving Enterprise, Employment and the Economy. The League is a member of the coalition.
For more information, please visit www.enterpriseCA.org.

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