On January 16, 2013, 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. Aaron Laurel, Economic Development & Housing Director, City of West Sacramento is the Chair of the LAC.
CALED’s 2016 – 2017 Legislative Priorities
As we enter this next session, we are looking to advance our priorities and will continue to work with partners on issues impacting economic development. CALED Board of Director’s approved the following priorities for 2016. Our focus this year will be on the following issues:
Priority #1: Make recommendations to improve already existing tools for economic development
Priority #2: Work with GO-Biz to seek re-authorization of GEDI initiative, providing input on making the programs even more effective
Priority #3: Seek and champion new tools and resources for economic development
SB 661, Fuller
SB 661, would amend and extend the State’s New Employment Credit (NEC) hiring incentive. This bill will help incentivize employers to hire new employees in targeted designated geographic areas, creating an effective economic development tool in our state. The proposed changes provide a more beneficial incentive for employers and employees across the state while giving more flexibility to companies and job seekers in the communities that this program was designed to assist; all while maintaining the existing structure of the program for ease of implementation.
AB 1250, Jones-Sawyer
As amended, AB 1250 would establish specific standards for the use of personal services contracts by counties and cities. Beginning January 1, 2018, the bill would allow a county or county agency, or a city or city agency, to contract for personal services currently or customarily performed by county employees, as applicable, when specified conditions are met.
Please contact Kristy Nong at (916) 448-8252, ext. 13 for a current list of bills.
Committee Chair, Economic Development & Housing Director, City of West Sacramento
Regional Director, Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC Network
Economic Development Director, City of Elk Grove
Sam Driggers, M.A., CEcD
Director of Economic Growth & Programs, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce
President, Los Angeles County EDC
Economic Development Manager, City of Yuba City
Retired, City of Selma
Executive Director, Madera County EDC
President, Civitas Advisors
Andrew Myrick, CEcD
Economic Development Manager, City of Salinas
Consultant, Economic and Housing Development Division, Community Development Commission of Los Angeles County
Principal, RSG, Inc.