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the tenth year

the tenth year

Officially this blog is nine years old today which means it is like one of those old frontiersmen kind of blogs. Wow! A lot has happened since I first started that little AOL journal and a lot remains the same … Continue reading →

Valley tech win: Dubai signs on with Manteca's Retail Green

A technological revolution is slowly taking place in retail marketing and the Central Valley may play a big role in that change. Manteca-based Retail Green has developed a new platform for businesses to produce electronic receipts for customers.

"There is nothing like this on the market right now," said Ayman Sulaiman, who co-founded Retail Green in 2009.

The company has developed what Sulaiman said is a non-intrusive platform that produces receipts for retail sales without ever producing a hard copy receipt. The company has signed its biggest contract to date with the emirate of Dubai.

Under the deal, which Sulaiman said could be worth up to $150 million, the country will mandate that retailers use the platform starting next year. The company is also beginning construction on a data hub to service the contract that could bring up to 10 new high-tech workers to Manteca in the next year.

Manex/Partnership Seminar gives economic update

Manex/Partnership Seminar gives economic update

"Northern California leads state out of recession..."

A mix of about 35 contractors, manufacturers, business owners, government officials and community leaders filled the San Joaquin Partnership conference room this morning to learn about opportunities for job growth in Northern California.

Manex Consulting, a Partnership Investor, provides a broad array of proven advisory and implementation solutions exclusively to manufacturers, distributors, and their supply chains.

Bill Browne, Manex Director of Client Services, presented  examples of improving business trends, predicting that over the next two years future hiring and population growth in the north state will  be on the rise.

Crothall Laundry Services - Anchor Tenant in CenterPoint Intermodal Center - Breaks Ground

Crothall Laundry Services - Anchor Tenant in CenterPoint Intermodal Center - Breaks Ground

As trains moved along the UP intermodal tracks in the background and a clamshell digger started moving dirt, groundbreaking ceremonies took place for the first project at the CenterPoint Intermodel Center in Manteca yesterday morning.

Long-awaited River Islands development to start first phase

Long-awaited River Islands development to start first phase

After nearly a decade of delays, lawsuits, regulatory hurdles and a major recession, the Cambay Group has given the green light to the first phase of the 5,000-acre River Islands at Lathrop development on Stewart Tract.

"We anticipate closing on 239 out of the first 498 lots we offered," said project director Susan Dell'Osso. "My hope is that the models will open next May."

Currently the development has four builders under contract to begin work on the first of the 2,500 homes that have been approved for the development. The first group of homes will run in the $350,000-$450,000 price range.

Ultimately planners hope to see 11,000 homes dot the landscape near the San Joaquin River on Stewart Road. Over the next 25 to 30 years, the master-planned community will also include a high school, two middle schools and eight primary schools. There is also a planned business park that will provide jobs.

More industry less retail for Austin Road Business Park project

More industry less retail for Austin Road Business Park project

A decision to place 28.2 acres in heavy industry use and another 25.6 acres as open space in the Austin Road business Park reflects the market and projects moving down the line. There is an abundance of land designated for commercial purposes already in Manteca. At the same time interest is picking up in the area for potential heavy industrial users.

The Manteca Planning Commission will consider the zoning proposal when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

Work on the railroad crossing at Austin Road near the Highway 99 interchange in early 2014 is being targeted to set the stage for snagging the first of what could be 9,134 new "direct" jobs.

The widening of the railroad crossing is part of $10.4 million in upfront improvements to the Highway 99 interchange at Austin Road as well as South Austin Road that are being made to start development of the job-rich Austin Road Business Park in southeast Manteca.


Tracy creates incentive program to tempt business to San Joaquin USA

New city incentives offer thousands of dollars to businesses willing to open up in Tracy or existing local businesses willing to expand.

The City Council voted unanimously to adopt the High Technology Incentive Pilot Program during the regular City Council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 5, after a 20-minute staff report.

The first of four incentives in the program offers businesses a 10-day turnaround of city paperwork, 24-hour inspection service and a possible rebate of as much as $5,000.

Use taxes are assessed by San Joaquin County when businesses order equipment from outside California and bring it into the county. The city could give back up to half of the 15 percent of that tax it receives from the county.

The city will also return a portion of the building and planning fees a business pays, up to $20,000.