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PG&E Continues Its Strong Support of Economic Vitality for Local Communities $400,000 in Grants Awarded to 75 Economic and Community Development Projects in Northern and Central California

Release Date: October 11, 2007
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO – Continuing its long-standing commitment to support the economic vitality of the communities it serves, Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced the granting of $400,000 to 75 local governments and community-based organizations for local economic and community development projects throughout northern and central California. This marks the sixth year of funding for the company’s Economic Development Grants Program, which has provided over $1.7 million to 325 worthy projects during that time.

Governments and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations throughout PG&E’s service area were eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000. Applications were judged in two categories: economic development and community development.

“PG&E is committed to supporting the economic health of communities in which we live and work. It's clear that there is a great need for these types of grants – this year alone we have received over $2.4 million of requests from 243 organizations,” said Helen Burt, senior vice president and chief customer officer for PG&E. “We know our grants can really help supplement the budgets of economic development organizations, so choosing among the many worthwhile projects was challenging. We believe the selected projects will be the most effective in making a positive difference in dozens of communities throughout northern and central California for years to come.”

The grants are funding various types of projects, including business retention, business recruitment, downtown improvement, training, websites, marketing materials, and green business development.
In addition to the Economic Development Grant Program, PG&E has worked directly with over 100 local, state and regional economic development organizations to promote business development and job creation in northern and central California. Since 1996, PG&E's economic development team has provided vital assistance to successfully attract and/or retain 178 businesses totaling over 30,000 jobs in communities the utility serves.

PG&E’s support of economic development programs is part of the utility’s long history of making charitable grants tailored to the needs of the wide variety of communities it serves. The company's broader program of support to communities includes cash grants, in-kind contributions, and volunteers for community-based nonprofit organizations, and for schools and other governmental programs throughout northern and central California. This year, PG&E is increasing its support to charitable nonprofit organizations by 25 percent to $18.3 million – the largest charitable commitment in the company’s history. All charitable contributions are entirely funded by the company's shareholders and the level of charitable giving does not affect gas and electric rates.

Following is the list of the organizations receiving grants, the name of the project and the grant amount:

TeamCalifornia Economic Development Corporation TeamCalifornia Marketing Campaign – Trade Show Booth Re-design $10,000
Glide Foundation
Glide YouthBuild
Center for Young Women’s Development
Sisters Rising 9-Month Employment Training Program
Jewish Vocational and Career Counseling Service
The Technology Access Center
Mission Economic Development Association
Business Development Program
South of Market Foundation in partnership with Urban Solutions
Greening San Francisco’s Small Businesses
City of East Palo Alto
East Palo Alto Business Needs and Capacity Assessment Update
Economic Vitality Research and Education Foundation
Economic Growth and Vitality through Start-up Business Opportunities in San Mateo County
Human Investment Project in partnership with HIP Housing
Self-Sufficiency Program
Sustainable San Mateo County
Sustainable Business Workshops
City of San Leandro
City of San Leandro and San Leandro Chamber of Commerce Business Assistance Program
Inner City Advisors
Business Growth Workshops
Locally Wrapped Inc.
Sustainable Local Shopping in Oakland
City of Pleasant Hill
Taking Care of Business
City of Richmond Employment and Training Department, YouthWORKS Division
Richmond YouthWORKS Year-Round Youth Employment Program
El Campanil Theatre Preservation Foundation
Family Programming, Marketing and Theatrical Lighting Upgrade
City of Gonzales
Downtown Retail Sales Expansion Program
City of King City
King City Economic Development and Business Recruitment
City of Soledad
Business Marketing Plan
Regional Analysis and Planning Services, Inc. in partnership with Central Coast Marketing Team
CD-Rom Promotion Project for Central Coast Regional Marketing Team
Economic Development Corporation of San Benito County
New Industrial Marketing Tools
City of Cupertino
Cupertino Economic Development Marketing Program
City of Mountain View in partnership with Mountain View Chamber of Commerce
Mountain View – Your Success is Our Business
Gilroy Economic Development Corporation
Moving Gilroy Forward
Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley Prospector
Movimiento De Arte Y Cultura Latino Americana De San Jose, Incorporated
William Street Business Directory
San Jose Redevelopment Agency
Story Road Business Association Operating and Marketing
City of Santa Cruz in partnership with Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council
Energy Efficiency through Green Tourism Promotion and Education
City of Watsonville
Government and Local Sponsors Team-Up to Assist Local Businesses in Saving Both Time and Money
Madera County Economic Development Commission
Direct E-Mail—E-Communication Newsletter
California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation
Central California Regional Investment Guide
City of Fresno in partnership with Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
Mayor’s Job Initiative Spring Job Fair
City of Huron
Marketing for the Huron Industrial Business Park
Fresno Regional Foundation
Fresno County Economic Profile Grant
West Fresno Coalition for Economic Development
West Fresno Asset Map
Kings County Economic Development Corporation
Website Overhaul
Alliance Against Violence
General Education Development Program
Arts Council of Kern
Dressing Up Chester
Bakersfield Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc.
Industrial Training
Bethany Services dba Bakersfield Homeless Center
Job Creation through Enhanced Preparation
City of Wasco
Site Location Consultants’ Tour
Kern Community Foundation in partnership with Kern Economic Development Corporation
Site Location Consultants’ Tour
Goodwill Industries of South Central California
Project ME: Feasibility Study for Microenterprise Development Program for Low Income and Disabled Residents of Kern County
County of San Luis Obispo
Shandon Cluster Strategy
Economic Vitality Corporation of San Luis Obispo County
Economic Impact Study of the Tourism Industry in San Luis Obispo County
San Miguel Resource Connection
Community Economic Development and Marketing Project
California Space and Education and Workforce Institute, Inc.
California Space Center
Santa Maria Valley Community Foundation in partnership with Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development
Pine Grove Civic Improvement Club
Neighborhood Commercial District Sign Revitalization Program
Mariposa County
Mariposa County Recreation Guide
Growing Merced Foundation in partnership with Merced County Economic Development Corporation
Regional Advantage for Manufacturing Wealth
City of Tracy – Economic Development Department
Marketing and Outreach Trade Show/Marketing Event Display
City of Manteca in partnership with Manteca Chamber of Commerce
Manteca/San Joaquin DVD Showcase
San Joaquin Foundation, Inc.
2008 Virtual Aerial DVD Tour of San Joaquin County
California Academy for Economic Development in partnership with Tuolumne County, Amador County and Calaveras County Economic Development Corporations
Strengthening Central Sierra Business Assistance Programs
Solano Economic Development Corporation
Team Solano Cooperative Branding Campaign
City of Oroville
South Oroville Commercial Revitalization Study
The CSU Chico Research Foundation in partnership with Center for Economic Development
2008 Economic Forecast Conference
Tri-County Economic Development Corporation
Business Loan Marketing Campaign
North Central Rural Training and Employment Private Industry Council in partnership with North Central Counties Consortium
Job Development and Business Recruitment Outreach
Tehama Local Development Corporation
Tehama County Business Outreach Plan
Upstate California Economic Development Council
Trade Shows and Booth Enhancement
Camptonville Community Partnership
Camptonville Community Center and Economic Revitalization Planning Grant
Nevada County Economic Resource Council Foundation, Inc.
2008 Nevada County Economic Forecast Conference
Rocklin Historical Society
St. Mary’s Restoration: A Community Project Sponsored by the Rocklin Historical Society
Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA)
Clean Energy Technology: Regional Development Barrier Identification and Economic Development Resource Matrix Development
Valley Vision, Inc.
Addressing the Needs of Existing Clean Energy Technology Businesses in the Sacramento Region
World Trade Center Sacramento in partnership with Northern California World Trade Center
Northern California International Business Leadership Certificate Program
Capay Valley Vision, Inc.
Streetscape Design for Esparto
Woodland Access Visual Enterprises in partnership with The Wave TV 21
Visit Woodland and Yolo County Attractions
North Coast Small Business Resource Center
Low-income Green Business Development Project
City of Santa Rosa
Neighborhood Revitalization Program Self-Sufficiency Project
Sonoma County Economic Development Foundation
North Bay Business Development Conference
Napa Valley Economic Development Corporation
Economic Impact of the Business Parks in South Napa County
Benicia First Corporation in partnership with Benicia Main Street
First Street Business Improvement Seminar Series

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