California Association of Enterprise Zones Elect President, Board of Directors.
As Community Services Manager for West Sacramento, Moore directs the city's local Enterprise Zone and oversees its Welfare to Work and Southport Neighborhood Group activities. She is also an ambassador for the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.
"Enterprise Zones have been effective tools in the California's efforts to create jobs and revitalize economically distressed areas of our state," said Moore. "CAEZ's job is to make certain that our members are up to the challenge of maximizing the program's potential."
Dimmitt currently manages the Harbor Area Enterprise Zone (Wilmington/San Pedro area) and works in the City of Los Angeles' Community Development Department, Industrial and Commercial Development Division. Dimmitt has served on the CAEZ board since 1990.
Following are capsules of remaining members of the 1998/99 CAEZ Board.
Cindy Trobitz-Thomas, Secretary. Trobitz-Thomas has worked for the City of Eureka for the past 12 years, and concurrently serves as Redevelopment Coordinator for the Eureka Enterprise Zone. She is a four-term member of the CAEZ Board of Directors with the last three as Board Secretary.
Shirley Driggs, Treasurer. Driggs has managed the Madera Enterprise Zone since its designation in 1989, following a lengthy career with Bank of America. She also concurrently served on the Madera Community Hospital Board of Directors and, most recently, as Community Relations Director.
New and Returning Board Members
Carrie Rogers, Antelope Valley Enterprise Zone Coordinator. Rogers works in the Economic Development Department for the City of Palmdale, managing the city's Foreign Trade Zone and business and attraction activities. Rogers also serves on the Antelope Valley Job Development Council.
Benjamin Mosley, Economic Development Program Manager, City of Pittsburg. Mosley is principally responsible for the Pittsburg Enterprise Zone and Private Industry Council programs. A graduate of UC Berkeley, his professional history includes over 20 years of managerial and specialist- level experience in the public sector. Mosley is a newly elected CAEZ Board member.
Sandi Gottlieb, Santa Ana Enterprise Zone Coordinator. Gottlieb is responsible for implementation of all local Zone programs and the Business Outreach Program. In addition to CAEZ duties, she also serves on the Orange County Small Business Development Center Board of Directors.
David Lyman, Bakersfield Enterprise Zone Coordinator. Lyman is responsible for business attraction, retention and redevelopment efforts within the Bakersfield Enterprise Zone. A past CAEZ president, Lyman also holds memberships to the Bakersfield Council of 100 and the Bakersfield AIDS Foundation.
Eve Silverman, Sacramento Enterprise Zone Coordinator. Working within the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency's Economic Development Department, Silverman is responsible for all Enterprise Zone activities within the city and county. She is a key member of the Sacramento Training and Response Team, which has received state and national recognition as a successful provider of employment services.
Suzanne Huston, Long Beach Enterprise Zone Coordinator. Huston serves as consultant to the City of Long Beach Economic Development Bureau where, in addition to managing the zone program, she is a project manager for the city's Commercial and Retail Division.
Jeff Wells, Watsonville Enterprise Zone Coordinator. New to the CAEZ Board, Wells assumed his present position when the Watsonville EZ was designated in 1997. Previously, he served as Vice President of the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union and in various capacities with low-income financial, healthcare and affordable housing non-profits. Wells has been an active member of CAEZ's Legislative Committee and has provided testimony on economic development issues to the U.S. Congress, the Federal Reserve Board and the California Legislature.
The California Association of Enterprise Zones (CAEZ) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the Enterprise Zone and Local Agency Military Base Recovery Area (LAMBRA) programs as economic enhancement and job development tools. CAEZ represents the zones in the areas of legislation and coordination with the California Trade and Commerce Agency and other professional and business organizations. CAEZ stresses professional growth of its members through networking and education. TCA staff work closely with CAEZ, particularly on legislative, marketing, and vouchering issues.
Housed within the Trade and Commerce Agency, the California Enterprise Zone Program targets economically distressed areas throughout the state. Thirty-nine communities and cities have been designated as Enterprise Zones since the program's inception in 1984.
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