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Working 925 ain't no way to make a living!

Original post made by CDSI Research, another community, on Apr 24, 2008

Dear neighbors,

Like many global corporations, institutions and industries, CDSI members do not work in Contra Costa County. The important message for economic development directors in our county's governments is the reasons our area does not attract technical and scientific start-ups and new divisions of major technology companies:

#1 - Tax holidays including Free Trade Zones and Enterprise Zones are not easily established without governments' objections.

#2 - Most certainly, housing is not affordable for scientific and engineering expertise needed and on-campus housing at technical centers has not been adopted.

#3 - There is a lack of expertise in governments' economic development to attract and support new technology centers and technology start-ups.

A suggestion: Within the resident expertise of Walnut Creek to Pleasanton are executives and professionals that fully understand new technology start-up. Why hasn't that expertise become a governments' taskforce for technology development in our county and region? These individuals are not part of various economic councils or sought by various governments as advisors. An invitation seems to be in order.

Hal Bailey
Founding member, CDSI Research Fellowship

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Posted by Randy Mellon
a resident of Danville
on Apr 25, 2008 at 7:15 am

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Dear Neighbors,

Just over our southern border, the city of Dublin has illustrated the ability to attract high-technology companies and especially new technology companies. We might ask Guy Houston, Dublin's former mayor and our primary candidate for supervisor how such invitation to high technology will be achieved in District 3.

So Guy, how is it done?

Randy Mellon
Danville Iron Horse neighbors

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Posted by Tim, SRVHS
a resident of Danville
on Apr 26, 2008 at 9:13 am

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Dear Danville,

Danville has been voted a great place to start a business but remains a very poor place to work for one. Good jobs that offer a technical or professional future simply are very few in our town.

And nobody seems willing to talk about it!


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Posted by Russ Frates
a resident of another community
on Apr 28, 2008 at 7:41 am

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

In cities world-wide, governments are seeking economic development that provides a very local job base for technically trained employees. In several attempts to serve such interests in San Francisco's East Bay region, our efforts to establish such technical centers have been opposed by local and regional political leaders.

Do you want quality facilities and job opportunities?

Rustin Frates, Ph.D.
HSVT - Kroehn
Hong Kong

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