Private sector takes the reins in the Valley


downtown stocktonThis is an exciting time to be covering business in the Central Valley. Major initiatives are launching in San Joaquin and Stanislaus County, and it really feels like we’re not just recovering but innovating and moving forward.

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Sharon Alley Calone

Our big story this month is the exciting Open Window Project by the real estate development company, TenSpace. It’s great to see the private sector taking the lead to develop downtown Stockton and breathe new life into our city’s core.

Zac Cort and David Garcia have plans to bring many of those historic buildings back to their former glory, and they’ve told us other developers have expressed interest in their own rehabilitation projects.

If you haven’t been in downtown Stockton lately, pay a visit. It’s hopping! The new courthouse has taken its place in our skyline and new businesses are opening. There’s a new craft brewery,  Channel Brewing, opening in June. How cool is that? Soon there will be apartments, more retail options and more reasons to spend time in the heart of our city.

You can read more about the Open Window Project here.

In Stanislaus County, the Stanislaus Business Alliance is now a private, nonprofit organization. This month, it’s launching Opportunity Stanislaus to drive economic development. CEO David White tells us the project will focus on four areas: business development, workforce readiness, messaging and innovation.

This plan was put together with a lot of input from local business owners, so we know this is something we can get behind. We know Stanislaus County is a great place to do business. Now others in the region — and the world — will know it, too!

We have details about Opportunity Stanislaus and how you can get involved in our story here.

Here at the Business Journal, we love to report the positive things that are happening in our communities. There’s great energy building in the Valley right now.  We all need to be better about speaking positively about ourselves.

All too often, though, many people here focus on the negative. Sometimes it’s as if we as a community suffer from collective low self-esteem. Yes, we’ve been slow to recover from the recession, and yes, we still have challenges. But we also have advantages many other regions don’t: world-class businesses, recreational opportunities and weather that is the envy of much of the rest of the country.

Rather than questioning why newcomers would want to come here, we should greet them by saying, “Welcome to the Central Valley. You’re going to love it here!”

You may have noticed we’ve made some changes to our newspaper. We’ve tweaked the layout a little in an effort to make it cleaner and easier to read. We’ve created pages that focus on real estate and the economy where you can read a round-up of the news in those areas. We’re always looking for ways to make the paper more useful to you, and we always welcome your feedback.

Lastly, I want to let you know the Book of Lists is out. It’s included with annual subscriptions, so look for it in the mail. It’s also available at our Stockton and Modesto offices, but the supply is limited. Call (209) 477-0100 today to get yours.

God bless America,

Sharon Alley Calone


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