March 16, 2018 - In This Issue:
Upcoming Events:
15th Annual Real Estate Forecast: 
We are pleased to announce that preparations are underway for the 15th Annual Real Estate Forecast. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton; 2233 Ventura Street Fresno, CA 93721.

Without your contributions, the Real Estate Forecast would not be possible. We ask for your continued generosity and support by becoming a sponsor or by purchasing a ticket to our event.

SJVMA Valley Made 4th Annual Manufacturing Summit

Businesses from across the valley will be attending a dynamic event hosted by the San Joaquin Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SJVMA). In addition to showcasing services and products the event will explore current topics relevant to manufacturers in various breakout sessions such as an exporting session hosted by the Fresno EDC's Global Cities Initiative team.

This event will be on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:30 AM. 

Previous Highlights:

BEAR Breakfast 2018

Our SOLD OUT Bear Breakfast was a testament of the incredible resources that our one of a kind New Employment Opportunities (NEO) program offers Fresno County employers.  Existing and New Businesses had the chance to learn more about the NEO-ESE program through several panelists and open discussion. Breakfast served as a testament to the success and interest of our one of a kind hiring incentive program, the New Employment Opportunities (NEO) program, which is available to eligible Fresno County employers and job-seekers. Existing and New Businesses had the chance to learn about the NEO program through several panel discussions.

The NEO program is an incentive available to employers that reimburses the wages of employees hired through the program. The goal of the program is to provide Welfare-To-Work participants a pathway to obtain long-term employment opportunities while meeting employers workforce needs.

Cypress MandelaTraining Center

Our team had the pleasure of touring the Cyrpress Mandela Training Center. We were able to see how the program is changing lives! This is a nationally recognized program which has established itself as a pre-apprenticeship training center that serves as a model across the United States. The Center was originally designed to serve the population with the most barriers to work and for many served as a last resort.  Today, the Mandela Training Center offers a 16-week pre-apprenticeship program for men and women which includes both hands-on and in the classroom instruction that prepares students for skilled trades jobs that are relevant to the demands of today's construction industry.

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"Everybody that wants a job, can get a job. And in the welfare to work world, 82 percent is miraculous," said Eager, who is the Fresno County EDC President, and CEO.  

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" People are paying to go to truck driving schools, but The Fresno County EDC  has a free program for its welfare to work recipients," said Amanda Venegas from ABC 30.

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Our Contracts  Compliance Manager, Andrea Reyes shares details in our NEO program.

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Central Valley Auto Glass is among the more than 200 businesses taking part of our NEO program. The NEO program is designed to help both businesses and job-seekers.

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We strive to not only facilitate site selection for new businesses within Fresno County, but we also assist in the retention and expansion of businesses that are already located in the area