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Economic Development Resources

CALED Champions Manufacturing

$30 million now available in IDB allocation for small and medium-sized manufacturers to be used for land purchases, facility expansion, new production equipment acquisition, and solar and energy conservation retrofits! CALED CEO Gurbax Sahota and Program Director Michelle Stephens provided public comment to champion the value of manufacturing and economic development at today’s CDLAC hearing. Thank you to the CDLAC staff & Committee Members, Treasurer Fiona Ma, Controller Malia Cohen, and Representative of Governor Gavin Newsom Gayle Miller for their balanced approach to supporting economic development and affordable housing in CA. To learn more, visit or LinkedIn To see [...]

February 1st, 2023|

CALED Provides Input on Funding for Pilot Economic Development Projects

The California Labor Agency, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development recently launched the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) program, a $600 million initiative supporting innovative plans and strategies to diversify local economies and develop sustainable industries. $50 million of that funding is currently being considered to support economic development pilot projects that meet CERF objectives.  The State team recently shared and solicited public input on the framework for these pilots.  CALED provided key input in these areas: Ensure regional and geographic equity in funding allocation Clarify grant scoring emphasis Clarify variety of local plans [...]

December 5th, 2022|

Data and Fact-based Inclusive Economic Development Strategies, Not Rhetoric, Will Lead to a Stronger California Economy

The State of California has ignited significant interest in regional economic development through its Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) program, a $600 million initiative supporting innovative plans and strategies to diversify local economies and develop sustainable industries. State leaders recently announced the first round of CERF awards and identified 11 entities selected for funding, with two more yet to be named. Six of the 11 regional entities chosen are being spearheaded by members of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), California’s premier economic development association and one of the largest economic development associations in the nation. These CALED [...]

November 16th, 2022|

CALED Signs on to Encourage Administration to Continue Engagement to Avoid Rail Strike

With the potential for a rail strike still looming, CALED joined with other trade associations in California and around the country to ask the Biden Administration to continue to “work with the railroad unions and railroads to ensure that the tentative agreement that you helped broker is ratified by the parties.” To see who else signed on and view the letter, click here.

October 31st, 2022|

CALED President & CEO Gurbax Sahota Appointed to Key Task Force Recommending Policy and Programs to Support Entrepreneurship and Economic Mobility

Sacramento, CA — Gurbax Sahota, President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), has been appointed to the 2022 California Entrepreneurship & Economic Mobility Task Force. Tara Lynn Gray, Director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), which is part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), announced the appointment this week. The 34-member Task Force’s mission is to propel inclusive entrepreneurship by recommending policies and programs to ensure that all California small businesses have access to the resources they need to grow and scale. “I’m honored to [...]

October 28th, 2022|

New Playbook Offers Tools, Best Practices & Resources for California Communities to Create a Resilient Economy

SACRAMENTO, Ca. — California’s economy continues to be affected not only by economic disruptions caused by severe weather events, but also the threat of disasters like wildfires, earthquakes and floods, and even a potential recession. Risk assessment, preparedness, response, recovery and resiliency are ongoing concerns for community leaders, who know that it’s not a question of if there will be another economic disruption, but when will it happen — and whether jurisdictions and businesses are prepared. To help city and county leaders address economic resiliency, the U.S. Economic Development Administration has partnered with the California Association for Local Economic Development [...]

October 18th, 2022|

2022 CALED Annual Conference

CALED to hold 2022 Annual Conference in the City of Long Beach on May 10-12! Canceling our Annual Conference in 2020 the week before it was scheduled was heartbreaking, but absolutely necessary to keep you and our team safe. As the meeting environment improves, more members can travel, and many of you have expressed a desire to meet safely, we believe we have an opportunity to convene California’s economic development network once again – and do so in a way that prioritizes safety, while creating an engaging atmosphere. CALED intends to provide an education and safe event in the following ways: Hold [...]

February 10th, 2022|

CALED Fall Journal and Annual Directory Mailed to Membership

The Fall 2021 California Economic Development Journal published by CALED, and the 2021 member directory “Who’s Who in Economic Development,” were mailed to all CALED members in mid-November.  Watch your mailboxes for these exciting publications! The directory features CALED members and highlights their communities. CALED designed this tool to help our members get more attention outside of California. It is an important part of our effort to support and promote our members, as well as raise awareness about the positive side of doing business in California. This directory was included in Business Facilities’ 2021 Annual Rankings Report and distributed to [...]

November 22nd, 2021|

View Recording of How to Select & Support the Most Competitive CalCompetes Grant & Tax Credit Applicants

We are pleased to partner with the CalCompetes team within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to bring you this informative and practical session on understanding the CalCompetes funding, who can apply, how to apply, and what are the key criteria used for evaluation. This webinar is a great opportunity to hear directly from GO-Biz leadership what it takes to identify the key characteristics of a competitive applicant and the keys to a persuasive application – whether you are helping a business apply for a tax credit or the newly-created CalCompetes grants. Speaker: Scott Dosick, Deputy Director, [...]

November 18th, 2021|

Alphonse Wilfred Joins San Diego Mobile Crisis Response Team

Alphonse Wilfred, CALED’s former Program Assistant, has joined the San Diego Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) as its Community Relations Coordinator. The San Diego MCRT, championed by San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, provides clinician-led mobile crisis intervention services in the community to address behavioral health needs, facilitate transportation to immediate care, and link the individual to appropriate services. The Telecare MCRT offers crisis triage and management, risk assessment, in-person intervention, and care coordination. Each team responds to calls from the mobile office van to provide services directly in the field in the following San Diego County Regions: Central, East, [...]

October 18th, 2021|

Governor Signs SB 780 (Cortese) CALED’s Bill Improving Economic Development Financing Tools

On September 28, 2021, Governor Newsom signed SB 780 (Cortese) into law. CALED sponsored this bill based on input from economic development practitioners on how to improve California’s economic development financing tools. Dee Dee Myers, Senior Advisor and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development stated, “California’s local agencies have long used tax increment financing tools, and this bill provides needed clarifications to improve their utilization. Tools like Enhanced Infrastructure Finance Districts (EIFDs) and Community Revitalization Investment Authorities (CRIAs) are often used to help spur the development of affordable housing and community public infrastructure projects. The Governor’s Office of Business [...]

September 30th, 2021|

View Recording of “State Leaders Brief You on Economic Development Funding Opportunities”

View the recording of CALED's webinar with Dee Dee Myers, Senior Advisor and Director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), Stewart Knox, Undersecretary, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Gurbax Sahota, President & CEO, CALED and Daniel Carrigg, CALED Strategic Policy Advisor as they highlight the historic investments in supporting economic development in the 21-22 State Budget, and how they can be used to further your economic development efforts. To view the recorded webinar, click here. You will need to register by putting your name and email in order to view it. To download the slide deck, click [...]

August 16th, 2021|

View Recording of “Hear it from the Source – EDA American Rescue Plan Funding”

CALED, together with representatives of the Economic Development Administration, recently held a webinar on the just released “EDA American Rescue Plan Funding." To view the recorded webinar, go to You will need to register by putting your name and email in order to view it. To download the slide deck, click here.

August 3rd, 2021|

You’re Invited: EDD to Connect with Employer Representatives to Help Find Qualified Workers

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) cordially invites you to a virtual panel discussion about some of the key tools we have available to help connect employers with qualified job seekers. Event Details: As California reopens following the pandemic, EDD recently announced that people must start looking for work July 11th to remain eligible for unemployment benefits. Meanwhile, EDD offers useful, no-cost programs to help employers reopen businesses and hire employees. Speakers from EDD’s Workforce Services Branch and the Labor Market Information Division will share information and resources employers may find helpful and will also be available to answer questions. [...]

June 29th, 2021|

View Recording of “Getting Connected: A Broadband Deployment & Adoption Resource Guide for Local & Regional Government”

CALED, together with Valley Vision and the California Emerging Technology Fund, recently held a webinar on the just released “Getting Connected: A Broadband Deployment and Adoption Resource Guide for Local and Regional Government Leaders.” To view the recorded webinar, go to You will need to register by putting your name and email in order to view it. […]

June 16th, 2021|

CALED Releases CA FDI Tech Guide

Tool Created to Help Foreign Enterprises Locate in CA   The California FDI Tech Guide is a how-to tool for foreign tech-based companies looking to expand into California, meant to help them navigate important decisions and make appropriate plans so they can be successful when they locate here. It has a great checklist and associated resources for key items business owners should be considering before, during, and after their move. Feel free to use this in your FDI attraction efforts – including if you are attending SelectUSA’s Summit this week. This tool is also designed to assist with an economic [...]

June 8th, 2021|

Check Out the Only In-Depth Economic Development Summary on the May Revise!

Governor Newsom released his 2021 May Budget Revise on Friday, May 14, proclaiming that revenues had soared, producing an opportunity for a one-time “generational budget” called the “California Comeback Plan,” allocating over $100 billion in state surplus and federal pandemic relief funds. The May Revision builds off of the various proposals outlined previously in the Governor’s January budget, and offers new and expanded programs, assistance, and investments to stimulate the economic recovery. Compared to typical state budgets, the scope of this 200-page proposal is staggering, with over 400 new programs being proposed. Download CALED PDF Version of the Summary here.

May 26th, 2021|

CALED Board Appoints Tara Schiff To Second Term As Rural Liaison

Press Release – For Immediate Release Date: May 18, 2021 CALED BOARD APPOINTS TARA SCHIFF TO SECOND TERM AS RURAL LIAISON   Contact:        Michelle Stephens    (916) 448‐8252, ext.12 On May 13, 2021, the Board of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) appointed Tara Schiff, ACE and economic development specialist for Mariposa County, to her second term as the Rural Liaison to the Board. The term will last from July 1, 2021 until June 30, 2023. In this role, Ms. Schiff will inform the CALED Board of key issues and potential actions impacting the rural communities in our [...]

May 18th, 2021|

CALED 2021 Mid-Session Legislative Update

2021 Mid-Session Legislative Update Local economic developers have had little bandwidth to track state legislation this year, as they appropriately focused on assisting their communities, businesses and residents meet the challenges of the pandemic. Now, however, with the expansion of vaccines, case levels are finally abating. For those of you looking to catch up on legislative activity, CALED has prepared this mid-session update, which includes upcoming deadlines, political dynamics, recap of CALED’s major efforts on some key bills and issues. CALED Focus Key Deadlines:  The Legislature is facing three [...]

May 13th, 2021|

Don’t Forget to Attend an Upcoming Just Transition Workshop

Per Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-79-20, the Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) are leading the development of a Just Transition Roadmap. The Roadmap’s broad framework will be released over the summer, kicking off a longer-term public and private effort to ensure that all Californians benefit from the transition to carbon neutrality. Please register and join them on one of the following days to provide your input and learn about California’s framework for Just Transition: Tuesday May 25, 10 am-12pm Wednesday May 26, 1pm-3pm Thursday May 27, 6pm-8pm Other ways to get [...]

May 12th, 2021|

Member Budget Planning Information

As many of you are preparing your budgets for FY21/22, we’ve received requests for information regarding membership, the conference, and our trainings. We hope these details help you with your planning. CALED will not be increasing dues for the 2021/22 FY. CALED is watching public health guidance and is hoping to have an in-person annual event in Spring 2022. If able to move forward with those plans, we are committed to keeping the registration fees in line with past conferences ($495 early bird rate). CALED will be holding our Keys to Successful Economic Development Training and Advanced Economic Development Institute [...]

April 26th, 2021|

Economic Recovery & Resiliency Professionals RFQ

Economic Recovery & Resiliency Professionals RFQ CALED is pleased to have received a grant from the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration to create an Economic Development Resiliency and Recovery Playbook – a comprehensive, strategic tool communities can use to prepare for and recover from disasters that impact their economy, including situations where a community experiences economic injury even though they are not experiencing the actual disaster. This Request for Qualifications is to select qualified volunteers (individuals or firms) to serve as advisors on content for the Playbook. When CALED starts the writing of the playbook, those that are selected [...]

April 14th, 2021|

City of Kerman Economic Development Strategy

The Kerman City Council approved a new Economic Development Strategy on February 24, 2021. The City initiated the strategy to focus on business retention, expansion, attraction, entrepreneurship and customer service. The purpose of the strategy is to identify steps that can better position Kerman for future growth that will provide further opportunity to all of its residents. The recommendations offered in this strategy are reflective of the City’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis and provides a basic foundation to proactively address future economic development opportunities.

April 7th, 2021|
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