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Partnership working on more jobs

Organization has helped secure 700 additional Manteca jobs

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Partnership working on more jobs

Ford Motor Company's small parts distribution center, middle of photo, in Spreckels Park is one of 12 Manteca employers secured in part through the San Joaquin Partnership.

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POSTED June 8, 2009 12:15 a.m.
Manteca landed the Ford Motor Company’s small parts distribution center in Spreckels Park thanks to the San Joaquin Partnership.
it is one of 12 projects that the partnership – a joint venture of the public and private sector throughout San Joaquin County – has played a key role in bringing to Manteca since 1992.
The bottom line has been 700 new jobs plus 152 they helped retain by working with firms already in Manteca to secure expansion sites such as they did for American Modular when they were considering a move to Pleasanton years ago.
Last week, San Joaquin Partnership Chief Executive officer Mike Locke told the City Council during his annual report that the prospects are strong that by the end of the year they will have two more employers landed for Manteca – one for an existing business park and the other for its own built-from-the-ground up site.
“We’re working with your staff on both projects,” Locke told the council.
Locke is high on the Center Point project with 4.2 million square feet of distribution-style buildings in six structures on 226 acres in an area bounded by Roth Road on the north, Airport Way in the east, the railroad on the west, and Lathrop Road on the south.
The financing for the project is in position plus a number of firms are interested in the project which will provide large scale rail and truck access.
The city allocates more than $30,000 a year in redevelopment agency funds to assist the partnership with its endeavors to bring jobs to San Joaquin County.
The Partnership can count 15 projects that generated 2,500 jobs in Lathrop.
That has been a big benefit to Manteca.
A Partnership survey six years ago noted that Manteca was the No. 1 place of residence for the largest number of people holding the jobs that were generated.
Countywide, from 1992 to 2008 the Partnership landed 319 projects that created 52,102 jobs. The annual labor income impact is $2.3 billion.
Last year, there were 12 projects landed that generated or retained 1,646 jobs with an annual income of $74.6 million. It created 2.4 million square feet of employment space reflecting a capital investment $243 million.
The organization has six staff members with an annual budget of $1 million with 30 percent coming from public agencies with the balance coming from the private sector.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, e-mail dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com

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