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Top Performing Airports in 2014 for Air Cargo and Industrial RE

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q2 2014)
Airports are increasingly focused on leveraging nearby commercial real estate assets and logistics corridors to position themselves as an essential link in the supply chain. In fact, some airports are now seeing more than 60 percent of their revenue derived from non-airline sources. More

Energy Innovation Boosts Foreign Direct Investment

Christopher Steele, Global COO and North American President, Ivestment Consulting Associates (Location USA 2014)
International investors can avail themselves of incentives to develop conventional as well as non-conventional sources of energy and other innovative technologies. More

California Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)
California's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

Quality of Place and Its Role in Corporate Location Decisions

Matthew Tarleton, Vice President & Principal, Market Street Services (Q1 2014)
As companies compete for talent, “place” is an asset that can be honed, improved, and marketed to potential employees. More

Sustainability: The “Invisible Hand” Shapes Next-Generation Location Selection

Don Schjeldahl, Founder, Don Schjeldahl Group (Q1 2014)
Companies that view their location strategies through a “sustainability filter” are more likely to achieve competitive advantage and long-term stakeholder value. More

Regional Report: Pacific States Foster Innovation

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2014)
Winners of numerous accolades, the Plains States are garnering investment across diverse industry sectors and growing their economies. More

A Look Back - and Ahead - at the 2013/2014 Legislative and Incentives Landscape

Jason Hickey, President, Hickey & Associates, LLC (Directory 2014)
From what we witnessed in 2013, we can only expect more dynamic developments in state incentive programs and a continued focus on additional transparency. More

Tech Incubators’ Outsized Impact on Innovation and Job Creation

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q4 / Fall 2013)
The ecosystems created by high-tech incubators popping up all over North America have become true job-creation drivers, attracting attention from CEOs for their distinctively collaborative workplace culture that drives innovation and growth. More
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california at a glance

POPULATION: 37,254,000 (U.S. Census)

LABOR FORCE: 18,268,700 (July 2010)


TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES: Services, finance/insurance/real estate, manufacturing, retail trade, wholesale trade, construction, agriculture/food processing

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: Green technology, high-technology, Internet/webbased industries, biotechnology, telecommunications, healthcare technology, multimedia, entertainment, environmental technology, information technology, diversified manufacturing, transportation/ logistics, value-added agriculture

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 29.4%

Corporate Income Tax: 8.84 percent of net income

Sales and Use Tax: 7.25 to 9.25 percent

Property Tax: Assessed and collected locally by county governments; some cities and special districts collect their own taxes for purposes such as street improvements; average tax rate is 1.1 percent of fair market value

R&D tax credits (15 to 24 percent)

Industrial Development Revenue Bonds

California Employment Training Panel

California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA)

Designated incentives:
• Enterprise zones (42 statewide)
• Recycling Market Development Zones
• Foreign-trade zones
• Manufacturing Enhancement Areas
• Local Area Military Base Recovery Areas (LAMBRAs)

Small business:
• Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) program
• 5% bid preference on applicable state solicitations for small businesses
• 25% small business participation goal on state contracts

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Computer & Electronic Products
  • Food
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Machinery
  • Apparel
  • Printing & Related Support Activities
  • Furniture & Related Products
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Products
  • Other Manufacturing Industries