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Current Legislative Action

Overview

CALED has led the way in teaching economic developers, local elected officials, and state representatives the value of economic development and how it is used to grow businesses, generate revenue to support community development programs, and retain and create quality jobs. CALED provides tools and resources to enrich and empower their communities to build, wealthy, healthy, viable economies. One of the many ways we accomplish this is through legislative action.

As CALED drives further into this legislative session, we are looking to advance our priorities and will continue to work with partners on issues impacting economic development. Some of the major themes in 2019 are around housing affordability, alternatives to redevelopment, incentive programs for economic development, and other economic development strategies.

CALED’s Economic Development Policy Recommendations (2019-2020)

CALED’s Board of Director’s approved the following legislative priorities for 2020

View CALED’s Legislative Policy 

Priority 1

Legislation focused on the future of Tax Increment Financing

Priority 2

Bills that have significant impact on jurisdictions’ ability to engage in and implement economic development

Priority 3

Seek and champion tools and resources for economic development

Legislative Action Committee Members

The CALED Board of Directors confirmed the creation of our Legislative Action Committee (LAC) and adopted the guiding policy for how this group would review legislation and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Robert Burris, President and CEO of Solano EDC is the Chair for the LAC. Furthermore, this page includes current bills we have taken a position on and upcoming important legislative events that you should be aware of.

Robert Burris

Chair, President & CEO of Solano EDC

Gregg Foster

Executive Director for Redwood Region Economic Development Commission

Matthew Hargrove

Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs for California Business Properties Association (CBPA)

Carolyn Hull

Vice President of Industry Cluster Development for Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

Bobby Khan

Executive Director for Madera County EDC

Steven J. Lantsberger, CED; EDFP; HDFP

Economic Development Director of San Joaquin County Employment & Economic Development Department

Aaron Laurel

City Manager, City of West Sacramento

Kendall DeMatteo Levan

Principal Attorney for Kane, Ballmer & Berkman, a law corporation 

Tim Padden

Economic Development Manager for the City of Vacaville

Gurbax Sahota

President and CEO of California Association for Local Economic Development

Bills We Have Taken a Position On

CALED started the 2019 legislative session with seventy-five pieces of legislation on our bills list. Click here for our most current and up-to-date bills list.

For a presentation wrapping up 2019, click here.