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CAL WATER LAUNCHES CUSTOMER HARDSHIP GRANT PROGRAM

CAL WATER LAUNCHES CUSTOMER HARDSHIP GRANT PROGRAM

Eligible Customers Can Receive Grants of Up to $200 per Year to Offset Water Bills California Water Service Group's (NYSE: CWT) largest subsidiary, California Water Service Company (Cal Water), has launched a new grant program to assist customers facing unique hardships. Through the Cal Water Cares Grant Program, eligible customers can receive a grant of up to $200 to assist in paying their water utility bill. Customers may apply for a new grant once every 12 months.

The Cal Water Cares grant program is being funded by Cal Water's shareholders, who are contributing $100,000 to eligible customers in 2014. The program is administered by Dollar Energy Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and one of the largest hardship funds in the United States. Cal Water will partner with local community-based organizations to assist customers in applying for grants.

October 3rd is "Make It!" Day

October 3rd is "Make It!" Day

How often do you hear someone say "Everything is manufactured overseas"? Participating in National Manufacturing Day helps to dispel this manufacturing misnomer and improve public perception of manufacturing in the US and San Joaquin USA. ATTENTION! Manufacturers - hosting a tour of your facility allows you to highlight the great products that you are producing right here in San Joaquin County. It creates awareness for your company within both the local and national business community as well as the local community at large.

San Joaquin Partnership "Greater Silicon Valley" Program honored at 2014 Partnership Summit

San Joaquin Partnership "Greater Silicon Valley" Program honored at 2014 Partnership Summit

The San Joaquin Partnership's job development program targeting the Silicon Valley was be honored September 19th during the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley's (CPSJV) 2014 Summit "Champions for Regional Change" in Clovis.

50th Annual Industrial & Technology BBQ Honors 23 Companies

50th Annual Industrial & Technology BBQ Honors 23 Companies

At least 300 people turned out to celebrate companies including Amazon for its new fulfillment Center in Tracy with more than 1,000 employees, Trinchero Family Estates for a $300 million expansion of its Lodi winery and Delicato Family Vineyards, the Manteca- area winery that has been here for more than 90 years.

Nine companies that been in operation in San Joaquin County for 50 or more years were honored at the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce 50th Annual Industrial & Technology Barbeque last night at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in downtown Stockton. Fourteen companies that recently located to or expanded in the county will also be honored. Pacific Gas & Electric Company presented a special "Green Award" to Wilmar Oils & Fats LLC; recognizing the company's recent efforts in energy efficiency through the installation of eight energy efficiency measures to reduce the plants electricity and natural gas consumption.

How to use social media to manage your brand

How to use social media to manage your brand

MODESTO — Social Media is no longer a tool of the future; it’s the here and now. In fact, Adrenna Alkhas, president of the Central Valley Public Relations Organization, says social media is today’s biggest brand management trend.

The most important part of brand management is “consistency in your messaging,” Alkhas said. Everything a company puts out should display the same message. From color schemes, to taglines, to what platforms you use to engage your audience, everything should be synonymous with your message.

Should you learn to code?

Should you learn to code?

The explosion in web, mobile applications and smart technology has led to an increased interest in computer programming. That interest has prompted many people to ask whether coding is a skill everyone should learn, just like reading or writing.

Former Microsoft executive, Hadi Partovi, is promoting programming as a component of core education, like science and math. He said schools in most states treat computer science as an elective rather than something everyone should learn.

Rising out of the ground again in San Joaquin County - "Spec" buildings!

Rising out of the ground again in San Joaquin County - "Spec" buildings!

The Buzz Oates Group of Companies demonstrated its faith in San Joaquin County and Stockton's economy this morning with a wall-tilting and celebration of the first speculation building since early 2009. Chief Investment Officer Kevin Ramos said the timing is perfect for the construction of this building and they have already received some inquires through their brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle. The 257,000 square foot, Class-A warehouse distribution facility is in the Stockton Airport Business Center. "We haven't' seen anything like this over the last five years," said Ramos. "We have seen the signs that the economy is coming back and Buzz Oates is making the investment now." Robert Taylor, JLL Executive Vice President, said the signs were evident that it was time to start building. "There is a less than eight percent vacancy rate in San Joaquin County right now for Class A high cube warehouse space like this.