On December 1st, I partnered with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and Central Valley organizations to co-host a workshop on the California Competes Tax Credit. People from small, medium and large businesses attended the workshop to learn more about the tax credit program and how to apply. My co-hosts included the City of Tulare, Visalia Economic Development Corporation, Tulare County Economic Development Corporation, California Central Valley EDC, and the California Association for Local Economic Development.
The California Competes Tax Credit Program has approximately $243 million in tax credits available during the 2016-17 fiscal year for businesses that want to expand in, or relocate to, California. The next application period begins January 2, 2017. For more information about California Competes and other business development incentive programs, click here.
I’m excited and happy for my friend Vince who was elected to the State Assembly and will serve the residents in the Assembly District that I also had the honor of representing. Vince is a problem solver and will be an asset to his constituents. We will work side-by-side in Sacramento to fight for good and common sense policies that will help preserve our way of life in the Central Valley.
KERN County Department of Human services celebrated the 14th annual Adoption Day celebrating with several local families as they formalized the adoption of children into Forever Families. This is an annual event hosted by the Juvenile Justice Center. It showcases the need for the community to consider becoming foster parents and adoptive families.
Team Fuller joined Mayor Harvey Hall at the New Advances for People with Disabilities’ (NAPD) grand opening for their Center for Creative Achievement. The Center, located at 3201 Brittan Road in Bakersfield, offers services to over 180 adults with disabilities and will enable NAPD to expand its services in our community.
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church celebrated its 130th anniversary of providing spiritual teaching and community service to Kern County. The church is being considered by the City Historic Preservation Committee to become a historical cultural resource.
Romeo Agbalog with Team Fuller presents a Senate Certificate of Recognition to Marty Pay, owner of Marty Pay - Farmers Insurance in Tehachapi. Congratulations Marty on your new office, located at 212 West F Street in Tehachapi.
The Economic Development Department has created the Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet website to connect employers in need of good workers with qualified veterans. The website includes resources for employers as well as workplace success stories from around the state.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias (BGCS) operates fourteen Clubs in seven communities in Tulare County: Visalia, Tulare, Porterville, Exeter, Farmersville, Strathmore and Ivanhoe. The Clubs’ mission is to help young people ages 6 - 18, especially those who need us most, reach their full potential as responsible, caring, productive citizens. To serve those kids who &8220;need us most,&8221; the cost of a year’s membership is surprisingly low: Only $15.
The goals of BGCS are for its’ members to achieve academic success, have good character and citizenship and develop healthy lifestyles. The strategy towards meeting those goals is to make Clubs safe places that are fun and fill them with caring adults who serve as mentors and are good role models. These adults have high expectations of Club members, recognize their growth and accomplishments, and expose them to a range of opportunities, both now and in the future.
In 2016, 82 percent of teen members expect to complete college or some other post-secondary education. Half of BGCS’ members volunteer in their community at least once per month. And finally, while 49 percent of Tulare County youth, ages 12-13 are over-weight or obese, 63 percent of Club members report getting (at least) the recommended hour of physical activity five or more days per week.
BGCS receives little government funding and relies on the investment of members of the community.
You can learn how to help BGCS help kids by visiting www.bgcsequoias.org.
Mobile Office hours are held to facilitate communication between my office and the communities we serve. The following is a list of Mobile Office locations for the month of December. Hope you can find the time to stop by!
Tulare Chamber of Commerce
Ridgecrest City Hall
Barstow Visitor’s Center at the Harvey House
Kern River Valley County Admin. Building
Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce
To schedule an appointment with a member of the staff, please call the District Office at (661) 323-0443.