Mayors talk cooperation, economic development, transportation
Original post made on Sep 30, 2011
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on Sep 30, 2011 at 7:14 am
In followthrough of this news release publication, as an Express Story, would you please detail where in Danville such "Silicon Valley" technology companies could be located and where enough space is available for significant engineering and fabrication centers? Also, let's ask the Danville council and its economic development operation to explain how funding available for such small footprint technology operations were resisted by heritage concerns and how withdrawal of such investment has occurred.
Finally, Geoff might offer a view of the overall economic development plan for Danville as WHERE, how, what, and when. In the past three years global funding brought investment capital to Danville through trade banks, investment trusts, and venture groups with only resistance by Danville's government and various "old town" interests.
Has there been a change in intent and attitudes toward such technology development in Danville?
on Oct 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm
News services conducted interviews with attendees of this event including interviews with their corporate planning groups. Emerging from such interviews were corporate documents that illustrate individual tri-valley city and county restrictions on corporations and the lack of tax benefits in comparison to more favorable locations such as Portland OR, Vancouver WA, Austin TX, Albany NY and even the North Bay Area's 80 corridor. Federal development programs linked to Lawrence National Laboratories serve our federal government in roll-out of defense technologies for commercial and industrial product development but little of that investment is locally targeted.
More likely, such emerging technologies will go to areas in North America where free trade and enterprise zones are matched to tax and investment incentives for new start-ups and corporate divisions/subsidiaries/alliances. A little digging will expose this very political attempt to make mayors appear to be pro-job creation as little more than a feel-good exercise.
on Oct 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm
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If you accurately read the article, you would have realized that Mayor Wilson was referring to the Tri-Valley being the next Silicon Valley, not Danville. He is not the Mayor of San Ramon, not Danville! You apparently have an axe to grind with Danville, but that is no excuse to pretend to misunderstand an article that is clearly written.