Program Oversight Of The Governor’s Office Of Business And Economic Development (GO-Biz)

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SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy, held an oversight hearing Tuesday, March 15, on the programs of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development at the State Capitol. This was the first oversight hearing for GO-Biz, which was established in 2011 through the enactment of AB 29 (John A. Perez), Chapter 475, and Statutes of 2011.

In today’s hearing, the Members of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy (JEDE) examined the operations and outcomes of GO-Biz in order to ensure alignment of policy priorities, funding, and statutory direction. This hearing was a follow-up to the Committee’s more general program and policy reviews last year (February and March of 2015) and its review of the methods for evaluating economic development activities on March 1, 2016.

As the state’s leading agency on economic strategy, GO-Biz’ must play a role in addressing the state’s growing economic disparities,” said Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy.  “Rural communities, like those in the 56th Assembly District, need the same access to programs and resources as other areas of the state.  We held this hearing to ensure that these goals are reflected in the policy and deployment of agency resources.”

The JEDE is the policy committee in the California State Assembly responsible for reviewing policies and legislation related to small business development, international trade, and other economic development-related issues.  The committee regularly publishes reports on these areas of interest.  Copies of these reports are available online at http://ajed.assembly.ca.gov/ under the policy committee heading.