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.
Founding member, CDSI Research Fellowship