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  • Thursday, October 22, 2015
    City of Gonzales, Featured in The Registry in an article written by Irwin Speizer
    The City of Gonzales was featured on The Registry in an article by Irwin Speizer.  
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  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    Funding Allocation for Tax Proceeds
    Gonzales, CA – The Measure ‘K’ Oversight Committee has met to review and discuss a set of guiding principles for funding priority’s described by the Council at their meeting on May 18th. The list includes Maintenance of the community pool, General Government (2011 RDA Bond Repayment), Youth Services/Development, and Public Services Grant Program. The Oversight Committee has now met twice to review, discuss and consider pertinent information necessary to formulate their recommendation. On July 21st, the Oversight Committee formulated a recommendation for a list of funding priorities and funding allocations for the use of Measure ‘K’ tax proceeds to the City Council. Gary Robinson, Oversight Committee Chairperson will inform the Council during August 17th City Council meeting of their recommendation. 
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  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    Pacific International Marketing (PIM)
    Gonzales, CA – Officials with PMI, and their planning consultant, met with the City Planning Director on May 20th to discuss their proposal to construct a truck servicing facility. The facility is to be located on 4.13 acres of property owned by PMI. The truck depot site will consist of automobile and truck fueling stations, a convenience store/restaurant, a truck scale and parking. The facility will serve the proposed use of service existing truck traffic and employee traffic in the industrial park. The projects Conditional Use Permit was approved by the Planning Commission July 13th. City staff is currently working with PMI on the issuance of a Site Plan Permit.
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  • Friday, July 10, 2015
    Peer Convening
    Gonzales, CA – In February 2015, the City of Salinas submitted a Request For Assistance (RFA) to the National Resource Network, together with the cities’ of Gonzales, and Soledad, seeking help in preparing for a local economy in which agricultural technologies (AgTech) are likely to play an increasingly important role. The RFA materials noted that technological change may cause significant disruptions to the agricultural industry, complicating the already difficult challenge of matching large number of young residents with good jobs as they enter the workforce over the next decade. Following an assessment of core challenges and opportunities, the National Resource Networks accepted the cities’ joining applications. As part of the process, representatives from the three cities traveled to Miami Florida the month of June, to take part in a Peer Convening with approximately 47 other cities to discuss common issues and solutions. 
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  • Friday, July 03, 2015
    Armanasco Public Relations
    Gonzales, CA – In October 2013, the City Council adopted an Economic Development Strategy & Action Plan to guide the implementation of the City’s economic development goals and objective for a five year period. Among the Strategy’s highest priorities is for the City to take the necessary actions to promote what the City has achieved, and to brand and market the City as a regional leader in innovative economic development activities. At the request of the City Manager, Armanasco Public Relations (‘APR’), Inc. council approved a standard Contractual Agreement with APR on June 1st.
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  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Grower's Express
    Gonzales, CA – Grower’s Express, under the name of Express Harvesting, has leased the Gonzales Packing Shed, building formerly used for the packaging of tomatoes. Grower’s will be processing and packaging Brussels sprouts. The packaging operation was formerly located in Salinas. The move of operation to Gonzales allows the product to be processed in a shorter time, improving the products shelf life. There are approximately 75 general labor jobs available at the plant, and during the peak of the harvest season (June through January) the plant is expected to employ 250 to 300 workers. Grower’s has received over 250 applications for employment.
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  • Friday, June 12, 2015
    Cooperage Expansion
    Gonzales, CA – Winery staff and Director discussed a proposed project to include twelve (12) approximately 109,000 gallon wine storage tanks to be located in the north-west quadrant of the winery property. The winery does not advance an overall increase in wine production as a result of this project. The tanks are intended to replace storage volume lost from the removal of other on-site storage vessels, helping to reduce early shipment of wine to off-site locations. A Site Plan Permit with conditions of approval was approved on April 21st and a Building Permit was issued on May 28th. The project is expected to be finalized this upcoming month of August.  
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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    Gonzales, CA - The City of Gonzales hosted a grand opening for its new branchlet, on May 22nd 2015. The branchlet was gifted to the community of the City of Gonzales by Little Free Library and Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL). The Little Free Library has been placed in front of City Hall, situated on the corner of Center Street and Fourth Street. It will remain open to the public 24/7 and is full with wonderful books for all ages. MCFL and City Staff, will work together in the attempt to keep our Little Free Library stocked with books.
     
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  • Monday, May 18, 2015
    A perfect place for mid-size businesses

    Gonzales, CA - At the end of April, 2015, brothers and business partners Joe, Mario, and Sal Alvarez opened their third ACE Hardware franchise location in Monterey County in the Gonzales Shopping Center.  Alvarez is proud to bring a store to the community that will be adding significant dollars to the local economy.  In addition to increasing the tax base, he is excited to bring jobs to the community in the form of two full-time and four part-time jobs.  

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  • Thursday, November 13, 2014
    Gonzales, CA - Home sales continue to rebound in many parts of the State but at a slower pace than the prior year due to inventory, interest rate and affordability constraints. The reported median price of an existing single-family detached home in California during July 2014 was $393,000, which was a 11.6% increase from $352,000 in June 2013. The median sale price of a single-family home in Gonzales from January through July 2014 was $253,000, which represents a $57,500 (29.4%) increase in median sale price from 2013.


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  • Wednesday, October 08, 2014
    Gonzales, CA - A recent study by UC Davis projects that the socioeconomic impacts of the current drought will be 50% more severe than in 2009 with 410,000 acres of row and feed crops taken out of production in order to preserve diminishing water supplies for longer term orchard and vineyard investments and the thinning of cattle and dairy herds in anticipation of green pasture shortages. A loss of 14,500 jobs is estimated as are higher food prices and increased energy costs to replace the loss of inexpensive hydro power. Even so, most analysts predict that the near term impact on the overall statewide economy and 2014-15 sales tax receipts should be minor though some localized pockets may be vulnerable where dependency on agricultural and water-related tourism expenditures is exceptionally high.
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  • Thursday, September 25, 2014
    Gonzales, CA - After two years of double-digit growth in residential permitting, California is off to a slow start through May of 2014. So far, there has been roughly 2.5% more residential permits issued this year versus the same period in 2013. However, given the supply issues noted here as well as the steady increases in home prices, builders should continue to expand the stock of residential properties in the state.
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  • Thursday, August 07, 2014
    Gonzales, CA - California remains a driver of nationwide job growth. Through May 2014, job growth in California outpaced the U.S. overall for the 27th consecutive month. Indeed, California has added back virtually all of the 1.38 million jobs lost during the downturn.
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  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014
    Gonzales, CA - The City of Gonzales is proud to announce that it has taken delivery of, and has begun construction of, a commercial-scale wind turbine on land adjacent to the City’s Agricultural Industrial Business Park. The first of two wind turbines to be constructed by the City, the turbine is intended to provide a clean sustainable source of energy to businesses located in the Industrial Park.
     
    The Gonzales wind turbine is a component of the City’s Community Sustainability Initiative (aka Gonzales Grows Green [G3]). The City already boasts of a robust recycling program for its residents and businesses, has solarized its municipal domestic water well system, and has solarized its municipal wastewater treatment plant. The City’s attention to sustainable practices has saved tax payer dollars and added to the City’s already charmed quality of life.
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  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    Monterey, CA - The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership unveiled its new, visually enticing website for the first time publicly at the Monterey Bay Regional Critical Conversation Tuesday.  Far more than a website, it's a comprehensive regional strategy for attracting business and optimizing the region's economic potential through collaborative partnerships.

    So far, local and state partners include the economic development departments for the cities of Gonzales, Greenfield, Marina, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Salinas, Sand City, Seaside and the County of Monterey; the Monterey County Business Council, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Monterey Regional Airport and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).
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  • Friday, June 20, 2014
    Gonzales, CA - The City of Gonzales has launched a website dedicated solely to economic development. The development of the website is an action item included in the City's Economic Development Strategy & Action Plan adopted by the City Council in October 2013.
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  • Thursday, June 19, 2014
    Gonzales, CA - A new fiber optic network will soon light up Gonzales, delivering low cost, gigabit-class connectivity to businesses. Funded by the CPUC and built by Sunesys, it will pass key commercial and industrial sites on Alta and Belden streets, offering the same kind of high capacity broadband service and dark fiber links to high tech hubs that drives economic growth in Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Leandro.
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  • Thursday, June 12, 2014
    Gonzales, CA - Grading activities began today signaling the beginning of construction of the Gonzales Medical Office Building. The building is owned by the Green Valley Corporation and is being constructed by Barry Swenson Builder, a land developer and general contractor with headquarters in San Jose, California.
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  • Monday, May 19, 2014
    Gonzales, CA - The Bozzo Family, very successful restaurateurs in Salinas, has opened a new 2,848± square foot restaurant in the Downtown Central Business District of Gonzales.
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  • Friday, May 16, 2014
    Gonzales, CA - City officials were surprised to learn on Friday that Dole will close its Gonzales Fresh Vegetable Processing Plant. The closure of the Dole facility will result in the loss of approximately 45 jobs. However, the City expects another company to move into the facility. City officials believe that the net gain from others expanding operations into Gonzales will more than make up for the loss of the 45 jobs.
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  • Monday, April 28, 2014
    Gonzales, CA - Following an eight month construction period, which included expedited processing by the City of Gonzales’ Community Development and Building Departments, Taylor Farms has opened an 84,227± square foot expansion of their Gonzales processing plant making Taylor Farms Gonzales’ largest business and employer with an estimated 600 jobs.
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  • Monday, April 28, 2014
    Gonzales, CA - Growers Express has opened a newly constructed 63,567± square foot building in the Gonzales Agricultural Industrial Business Park for receiving raw product, cooling and shipping of fresh vegetables. Growers’ expansion in to Gonzales also includes a 3,195± square foot office building.
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  • Thursday, January 16, 2014
    Gonzales, CA - The City of Gonzales is proud to announce the launch of OpenCounter Gonzales, a web-based tool that helps entrepreneurs to estimate the time, costs and requirements of opening a business in the city.  OpenCounter gives entrepreneurs easy access to city resources, including fee estimations, zoning inquiries and information on incentives and special programs within an intuitive online interface.
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