The delay in the State of California’s budget vote is providing opportunities for Enterprise Zone supporters to inform the State’s legislators about the program. A group from the San Bernardino area has already scheduled 25 meetings with legislators during their two-day visit next week.
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Wendy Clements, San Bernardino Valley Enterprise Zone manager, said the program sends a group to Sacramento each year to talk to legislators about its activities, but this year “our story is different.” Zone officials in San Bernardino are open to program reforms proposed by some legislators, so long as the program is not eliminated altogether.
This year, representatives from the Barstow Enterprise Zone and from the Local Agency Military Base Recovery Area in Victorville, a similar program, will join the San Bernardino trip, Clements said, and more than 25 meetings already are on the books for the two-day visit. She said the group is targeting legislators who serve on budget committees or, jobs, economic and development committees