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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:

ORGANIZATION PROJECT AMOUNT
TeamCalifornia Economic Development Corporation TeamCalifornia Marketing Campaign – Trade Show Booth Re-design $10,000
Glide Foundation
Glide YouthBuild
$10,000
Center for Young Women’s Development
Sisters Rising 9-Month Employment Training Program
$2,000
Jewish Vocational and Career Counseling Service
The Technology Access Center
$2,500
Mission Economic Development Association
Business Development Program
$2,500
South of Market Foundation in partnership with Urban Solutions
Greening San Francisco’s Small Businesses
$5,000
City of East Palo Alto
East Palo Alto Business Needs and Capacity Assessment Update
$5,000
Economic Vitality Research and Education Foundation
Economic Growth and Vitality through Start-up Business Opportunities in San Mateo County
$5,000
Human Investment Project in partnership with HIP Housing
Self-Sufficiency Program
$7,500
Sustainable San Mateo County
Sustainable Business Workshops
$7,800
City of San Leandro
City of San Leandro and San Leandro Chamber of Commerce Business Assistance Program
$5,000
Inner City Advisors
Business Growth Workshops
$2,500
Locally Wrapped Inc.
Sustainable Local Shopping in Oakland
$5,000
City of Pleasant Hill
Taking Care of Business
$1,500
City of Richmond Employment and Training Department, YouthWORKS Division
Richmond YouthWORKS Year-Round Youth Employment Program
$7,500
El Campanil Theatre Preservation Foundation
Family Programming, Marketing and Theatrical Lighting Upgrade
$10,000
City of Gonzales
Downtown Retail Sales Expansion Program
$2,500
City of King City
King City Economic Development and Business Recruitment
$4,000
City of Soledad
Business Marketing Plan
$2,000
Regional Analysis and Planning Services, Inc. in partnership with Central Coast Marketing Team
CD-Rom Promotion Project for Central Coast Regional Marketing Team
$2,500
Economic Development Corporation of San Benito County
New Industrial Marketing Tools
$2,000
City of Cupertino
Cupertino Economic Development Marketing Program
$2,500
City of Mountain View in partnership with Mountain View Chamber of Commerce
Mountain View – Your Success is Our Business
$3,500
Gilroy Economic Development Corporation
Moving Gilroy Forward
$2,500
Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley Prospector
$10,000
Movimiento De Arte Y Cultura Latino Americana De San Jose, Incorporated
William Street Business Directory
$7,500
San Jose Redevelopment Agency
Story Road Business Association Operating and Marketing
$3,500
City of Santa Cruz in partnership with Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council
Energy Efficiency through Green Tourism Promotion and Education
$7,500
City of Watsonville
Government and Local Sponsors Team-Up to Assist Local Businesses in Saving Both Time and Money
$2,000
Madera County Economic Development Commission
Direct E-Mail—E-Communication Newsletter
$2,500
California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation
Central California Regional Investment Guide
$7,500
City of Fresno in partnership with Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
Mayor’s Job Initiative Spring Job Fair
$5,000
City of Huron
Marketing for the Huron Industrial Business Park
$5,000
Fresno Regional Foundation
Fresno County Economic Profile Grant
$2,500
West Fresno Coalition for Economic Development
West Fresno Asset Map
$5,000
Kings County Economic Development Corporation
Website Overhaul
$10,000
Alliance Against Violence
General Education Development Program
$6,200
Arts Council of Kern
Dressing Up Chester
$7,500
Bakersfield Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc.
Industrial Training
$10,000
Bethany Services dba Bakersfield Homeless Center
Job Creation through Enhanced Preparation
$8,000
City of Wasco
Site Location Consultants’ Tour
$3,750
Kern Community Foundation in partnership with Kern Economic Development Corporation
Site Location Consultants’ Tour
$3,750
Goodwill Industries of South Central California
Project ME: Feasibility Study for Microenterprise Development Program for Low Income and Disabled Residents of Kern County
$2,500
County of San Luis Obispo
Shandon Cluster Strategy
$2,500
Economic Vitality Corporation of San Luis Obispo County
Economic Impact Study of the Tourism Industry in San Luis Obispo County
$10,000
San Miguel Resource Connection
Community Economic Development and Marketing Project
$2,500
California Space and Education and Workforce Institute, Inc.
California Space Center
$7,500
Santa Maria Valley Community Foundation in partnership with Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development
$2,500
Pine Grove Civic Improvement Club
Neighborhood Commercial District Sign Revitalization Program
$2,000
Mariposa County
Mariposa County Recreation Guide
$5,000
Growing Merced Foundation in partnership with Merced County Economic Development Corporation
Regional Advantage for Manufacturing Wealth
$10,000
City of Tracy – Economic Development Department
Marketing and Outreach Trade Show/Marketing Event Display
$4,000
City of Manteca in partnership with Manteca Chamber of Commerce
Manteca/San Joaquin DVD Showcase
$5,000
San Joaquin Foundation, Inc.
2008 Virtual Aerial DVD Tour of San Joaquin County
$10,000
California Academy for Economic Development in partnership with Tuolumne County, Amador County and Calaveras County Economic Development Corporations
Strengthening Central Sierra Business Assistance Programs
$1,500
Solano Economic Development Corporation
Team Solano Cooperative Branding Campaign
$5,000
City of Oroville
South Oroville Commercial Revitalization Study
$5,000
The CSU Chico Research Foundation in partnership with Center for Economic Development
2008 Economic Forecast Conference
$5,000
Tri-County Economic Development Corporation
Business Loan Marketing Campaign
$2,500
North Central Rural Training and Employment Private Industry Council in partnership with North Central Counties Consortium
Job Development and Business Recruitment Outreach
$9,800
Tehama Local Development Corporation
Tehama County Business Outreach Plan
$4,000
Upstate California Economic Development Council
Trade Shows and Booth Enhancement
$10,000
Camptonville Community Partnership
Camptonville Community Center and Economic Revitalization Planning Grant
$2,000
Nevada County Economic Resource Council Foundation, Inc.
2008 Nevada County Economic Forecast Conference
$5,000
Rocklin Historical Society
St. Mary’s Restoration: A Community Project Sponsored by the Rocklin Historical Society
$2,000
Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA)
Clean Energy Technology: Regional Development Barrier Identification and Economic Development Resource Matrix Development
$10,000
Valley Vision, Inc.
Addressing the Needs of Existing Clean Energy Technology Businesses in the Sacramento Region
$10,000
World Trade Center Sacramento in partnership with Northern California World Trade Center
Northern California International Business Leadership Certificate Program
$2,500
Capay Valley Vision, Inc.
Streetscape Design for Esparto
$5,000
Woodland Access Visual Enterprises in partnership with The Wave TV 21
Visit Woodland and Yolo County Attractions
$8,000
North Coast Small Business Resource Center
Low-income Green Business Development Project
$3,200
City of Santa Rosa
Neighborhood Revitalization Program Self-Sufficiency Project
$9,000
Sonoma County Economic Development Foundation
North Bay Business Development Conference
$7,000
Napa Valley Economic Development Corporation
Economic Impact of the Business Parks in South Napa County
$10,000
Benicia First Corporation in partnership with Benicia Main Street
First Street Business Improvement Seminar Series
$2,500

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