EDC CEO Steve Geil, EDC Chairman Ed Dunkel, COG Executive Director Tony Boren, U.S. Railway Project Working Group Director General Liu Lianqing, Supervisor Susan Anderson, Supervisor Henry Perea and members of the CRCC delegation pose for a picture before touring Fresno County.
California's 800 mile High-Speed Rail system just got a shot in the arm.
State Assembly Member Henry T. Perea of Fresno visited China's High-Speed Rail System in November 2010 and invited officials of the China Railway Construction Company (CRCC) to visit Fresno to consider locating a manufacturing facility here. Because CRCC showed interest in visiting the Central Valley, Fresno WORKS, led by Supervisors Henry Perea and Susan Anderson, convened a high profile meeting between the China Railway Construction Company (CRCC) and local community leaders on Saturday, January 15, 2011.
At Saturday's luncheon, Fresno WORKS, a community based organization supporting High-Speed Rail, and CRCC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish long term cooperation in the field of High-Speed Rail development in Fresno County.
According to EDC CEO Steve Geil, "the economic impact of this visit will be felt over the next 18 months as we near the start-date for breaking ground in 2012. The amount of activity and visits by interested corporations and global investors has increased in Central California by tenfold. This visit and resulting MOU may be the tipping-point for restructuring the economic opportunities in the San Joaquin Valley and Fresno County for generations to come."
The partnering of CRCC and Fresno WORKS is very unique and unconventional. Fresno WORKS is a collaborative, rather than a corporation or government entity. It is a group of community leaders who banded together in July of 2009 to compete for the California High-Speed Rail maintenance facility. Since that time, Fresno WORKS has positioned Fresno County to become the High-Speed Rail development center for the nation.
Steve Geil and Liu Lianqing enjoy a lighthearted moment at the end of a successful day.
Read the Business Street Article: "Chinese High-Speed Rail Delegation Impressed with Fresno" (posted January 19, 2011 by James Olinger) Click here for the article.