Tulare & Kings County Employers Learned about California Compete Tax Credit

October 9, 2014



Visalia (DWM) – California Competes Tax Credit workshop was held at Lamp Liter Inn, Visalia and was attended by several Tulare and Kings county employers and public and private agencies.

Mr. Will Koch, Deputy Director, California Competes Tax Credit, and Mr. Ryan Roebuck, Specialist, California Competes Tax Credit explained to employers the application process and answered questions related to the program.

“It is extremely important to have a culture of collaboration where employers have the support systems to help grow their businesses. This workshop was truly a joint effort of the various organizations of the Tulare and Kings Counties committed to the success of their employers.” Gurminder Sangha, DSN – Advanced Manufacturing went on to further add, “Community Colleges, Workforce Investment Boards (WIB), Economic Development Corporations (EDC), Chamber of Commerce, and local elected officials are truly behind the success of this event, and are very committed to supporting employers of Tulare and Kings counties.”

Devon Jones, City of Visalia, Karin Ford, Tulare EDC, Jay Slayer, Kings EDC, Jason Ridenour, City of Porterville, Tom Mendes, State Board of Equalization, Carlos Mendoza, SBA was some of the attendees amongst many who attended the workshop.

“We are growing and we can use every bit of help and support to keep producing quality products in the US and create jobs locally.” Mike Mahler, US Farm Systems further shared his experience with the quality educational services being provided by College of the Sequoias (COS) in training their skilled workers. US Farm Systems has been hiring interns from the Welding Program of the COS and their will continue to work with COS in acquiring the training for their incumbent workers and new hires.

“This is the second time I held an event in Visalia and I am very appreciative of the support I received from all stakeholders. I am a part of their team, we are a team, and the support I received in organizing this workshop was truly a humbling experience and encourages me to seek out more opportunities geared towards serving employers to educate them on current and future developments.”

Gurminder Sangha, “Mr. G”, Deputy Sector Navigator – Advanced Manufacturing further added that, “besides working with the educational system in developing programs to provide training for in demand skills, he also enjoys creating a nexus of organizations in the Central Valley and Mother Lode regions to support local economies, especially for Manufacturing Sector employers.”

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