Enterprise Zones Need Your Help
The Governor has issued his May Budget Revise which no longer includes eliminating the Enterprise Zone Program. However, the Governor's reform position effectively eliminates the most successful parts of the program. Assembly Member Luis Alejo has introduced a compromise bill (AB 231) which preserves the most effective parts of the program. Watsonville's Enterprise zone is an important tool in attracting and retaining businesses, and many Watsonville companies benefit from this program. Given that for the past two years Watsonville's official unemployment rate has exceeded 28%, this program is a vital part of our economic development tool chest.
We urge you to support the Enterprise Zone program that has been so useful to our city over the past 14 years. The links below can help you learn more about the Governor's proposal, the EZ Program and what you can do to support the City of Watsonville's efforts to preserve our Enterprise Zone. Please read on:
- The proposals included in the Governor's May Revise can be found HERE.
- The California Association of Enterprise Zones has released talking points that can help you talk to your elected repres
entatives about the EZ Program. They can be accessed HERE.
- The California Association of Enterprise Zones has developed a webpage that makes it easy for you to contact your elected officials, including Governor Brown, regarding your support for the California Enterprise Zone Program. You can visit that site and contact your representatives HERE.
- On June 7, 2011 the California Association of Enterprise Zones will be hosting a Lobbying Day in Sacramento. If you are able to attend, please let me know at HERE so that I can provide you with the schedule and brief you on key advantages for Watsonville that are provided through this program.
- Tomorrow – May 26th, the Governor has scheduled a last minute budget hearing regarding the Enterprise Zone Program. Any Watsonville Business that can attend is encouraged to do so. Please let me know a HERE if you can attend and meet with key representatives regarding the importance of this program.
Thank you all for your support and as always, if you have any questions – please contact me as soon as possible.
Kurt T. Overmeyer
Economic Development Manager
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