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How California is Making the Most of EB-5
April 2014 Date: April 23, 2014 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Presented in partnership with Council of Development Finance Agencies

USDA Rural Development: 2013 Progress Report

The 2013 USDA Rural Development Progress Report highlights how investments have helped rural communities and entrepreneurs finance homes, business expansions, and economic development over the past year. Click here to download the report.

SCVEDC Industry Cluster Attraction Incentive

In partnership with the County of Los Angeles, up to $40,000 (per company) has been made available to support the SCVEDC Industry Cluster Attraction Incentive (ICAI) program. The ICAI has been designed to attract new businesses in SCVEDC's target industry clusters to the Santa Clarita Valley.

Figtree Launches OnDemandPACE™ Financing Program

Figtree Financing has launched OnDemandPACE™, a brand-new program designed to reduce the cost of financing and increase the speed of funding for commercial projects. Figtree has partnered with a large New York-based financial institution for up to $60 million in committed capital to fund commercial PACE energy upgrades.

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is a new form of financing that provides property owners capital to improve properties with energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation upgrades based on property values.

Deadline Has Been Extended for the Value Added Producer Grant

USDA Rural Development announced the application deadline for the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program has been extended until April 8, 2014. This extension was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 and is available here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-25/pdf/2014-06668.pdf.

USDA Loan Program Expanded for Fruit and Vegetable Producers

It is now easier for farmers and ranchers around the country to finance equipment thanks to 22 new categories of eligible equipment for fruit and vegetable producers under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Storage and Facility Loan program. The changes are effective immediately.

10th Annual Survey of Site Selection Consultants: Economy on a More Continuous Growth Track

As in years past, Area Development asked the consultants who work with corporate clients to tell us about their clients’ facilities plans and priorities in making a location decision. Fewer than half (43 percent) of those responding to our 2013 Corporate Survey say they use the services of consultants so let’s find out which companies the consultants are serving and how the Consultants Survey responses align with the Corporate Survey responses.

4 Creative Ways Cities are Using Smart Technologies to Promote Tourism

Originally posted at Smart Cities Council.
By Liz Enbysk.

Editor’s note: Time and time again, tourism proves to be one of the greatest sources of revenue for municipalities. California, at the forefront of both the tourism and technology sectors, can learn quite a bit from the examples below:

Window Into California's Economy

Everyone agrees that manufacturers grow the economy but there isn't always a clear picture of the economic health of communities in California.