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The Enterprise Zone Program Wind-Down

Legislative action has resulted in the repeal of the Enterprise Zone Act and the dissolution of Enterprise Zones. In order to allow Enterprise Zone businesses an opportunity to apply for hiring tax credits already earned for qualified hires made through December 31, 2013, vouchers may be applied for and issued until December 31, 2014.  As we receive information regarding changes in local Enterprise Zone operations, we will post it here to provide a billboard of notices and updated contact information for each of the zones. Additional program information is available on the webpage for the State Enterprise Zone Program.

Announcements and Updates

NEWLY UPDATED! Third-Party Agent Assignments

New assignments of third-party agents have been made as the result of Los Angeles’ announcement that it will no longer accept applications for the hiring tax credit after August 31, 2014.  Because of the size of the enterprise zones involved and the volumes of applications they continue to receive, it was necessary to divide the LA Hollywood Zone into its original components.  Third-party agent assignments have been made for each of these areas according to the resources each agent has available:

  1. San Fernando Valley Area:

    Tulare County EDC
    506 N. Kaweah, Suite A
    Exeter, CA 93321
    Contact: Lori Dunagan
    (559) 697-3820
    lori@sequoiavalley.com

  2. Hollywood Area:

    San Joaquin County
    Economic Development Association
    56 S. Lincoln
    Stockton, CA 95203
    Contact: Ed Wanket
    (209) 468-3613
    F (209) 468-3666
    ewanket@sjcworknet.org
    http://www.sjcez.org/index.aspx

  3. Central LA Area:

    RICHMONDWORKS
    330 25th Street
    Richmond, CA 94801
    Contact: Jacqulyn Holley, M.A.
    (510) 307-8024
    jholley@richmondworks.org

  4. LA East and Harbor Gateway Communities Enterprise Zones:

    Merced Co. Dept. of Workforce Investment
    1880 Wardrobe Avenue
    Merced, CA 95341
    Contact: David Heyer
    (209) 761-3827
    F (209) 725-3592
    dheyer@co.merced.ca.us
    http://www.co.merced.ca.us/ez

  5. Compton Enterprise Zone:

    Kings County Economic Development Corporation
    120 North Irwin Street
    Hanford, CA 93230
    Contact: Jay Salyer
    (559) 585-7393
    F (559) 585-7398
    jay.salyer@co.kings.ca.us
    http://www.kingsedc.org

  6. Antelope Valley Enterprise Zone:

    Merced Co. Dept. of Workforce Investment
    1880 Wardrobe Avenue
    Merced, CA 95341
    Contact: David Heyer
    (209) 761-3827
    F (209) 725-3592
    dheyer@co.merced.ca.us
    http://www.co.merced.ca.us/ez

All of the above assignments will become effective on September 1, 2014, until the end of the year.

In addition to the above, The San Diego and West Sacramento Enterprise Zones recently announced plans to stop accepting applications on September 30, 2014. In order to accommodate the expected volume of applications, San Diego EZ was divided into its three cities: Chula Vista, National City and San Diego. Then the following assignments were made effective October 1, 2014:

  1. San Diego Area:

    Kings County Economic Development Corporation
    120 North Irwin Street
    Hanford, CA 93230
    Contact: Jay Salyer
    (559) 585-7393
    F (559) 585-7398
    jay.salyer@co.kings.ca.us
    http://www.kingsedc.org

  2. Chula Vista and National City Areas:

    Tulare County EDC
    506 N. Kaweah, Suite A
    Exeter, CA 93321
    Contact: Lori Dunagan
    (559) 697-3820
    lori@sequoiavalley.com

  3. West Sacramento:

    RICHMONDWORKS
    330 25th Street
    Richmond, CA 94801
    Contact: Jacqulyn Holley, M.A.
    (510) 307-8024
    jholley@richmondworks.org


  4. Please check back here often for the latest information on the Third-Party Vouchering Program


    Latest Email Blasts from the Department
    The links below lead to the most recent email blasts issued to announce developments in the enterprise zone program as it takes steps to ensure a successful end to program operations.

    Latest Estimated Closure Dates for Enterprise Zones
    The link below is an updated table of the information provided to us by each Enterprise Zone jurisdiction estimating the date by which they will cease operations. We will update this table as new information is received. 

    Please check back often for new updates as we receive them!


    New Economic Development Initiatives
    The following new economic development programs are administered by the Franchise Tax Board and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz). Links are provided below:

    1. The following link leads to a new page at the Franchise Tax Board which provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the New Employment Credit.
    2. The following link leads to a tool provided by Go-Biz and the Franchise Tax Board which can be used to locate the state’s Designated Geographic Areas (DGA) where the New Employment Credit is available.
    3. The links below lead to the main websites of Go-Biz and the Franchise Tax Board, respectively. Additional information on all new economic development benefits available may be found at these sites.

    QUESTIONS?

    Inquiries concerning the state’s administration of the Enterprise Zone Program should be directed to:


    John Nunn, Jr.
    Program Manager, State Enterprise Zone Program

    Department of Housing and Community Development
    2020 West El Camino Avenue, Suite 650
    Sacramento, CA 95833
    Telephone (916) 274-0575
    FAX (916) 263-2765
    e-mail: John.Nunn@hcd.ca.gov