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Mayors talk cooperation, economic development, transportation

Original post made on Sep 30, 2011

San Ramon and Danville mayors Abram Wilson and Karen Stepper joined mayors from Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin to talk about regional cooperation, economic development, working with businesses and the chambers of commerce and branding the Tri-Valley as one entity rather than five cities.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 29, 2011, 11:14 PM


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Posted by CDSI Research Fellowship
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2011 at 7:14 am

Dear Editor,

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?

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Posted by [update]
a resident of another community
on Oct 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Dear Editor,

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.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Blackhawk
on Oct 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm

CDSI Research Fellowship

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.

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Posted by [clarification]
a resident of Danville
on Oct 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Dear Editor,

Alan has raised an excellent point that explains my purpose for questioning Danville's ability to participate in prospering "silicon valley" technology. My funding principals have several small technology start-ups in the Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore industrial parks that prosper their IPAC relationships with our national labs. Danville, as part of the renewal of their business district, has had the opportunity for such funding to convert existing, underused and outdated commercial property south of Hartz Avenue into small-footprint technology operations very attractive and complimentary to Old Town Danville.

My question is "why hasn't such funding outreach been considered by the Danville government?" Quite opposite to Alan's comments, my purpose has been to bring economic growth and development to Danville's business district.

It remains your story to tell and Geoff is an exceptional resource to gather the specifications of what technology facilities may be welcome.

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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Oct 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Abram, Marshall and Karen will have to realize your time has come to move on...we thank you, but others are now ready to take your place and this is not a permanent job for you all.