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Fresno State gets first Hispanic president

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The three-month-long process of finding a new Fresno State president ended Wednesday when the CSU Board of Trustees confirmed Hanford native Dr. Joseph I. Castro to fill the spot.

Study: Immigration reform would boost economy

A new study by the University of Southern California showed that roughly eight percent of Central Valley residents are undocumented immigrants, a population that could help boost the region’s economy given a swift path to citizenship.
The study, conducted by USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII), estimates California to account for 23 percent of the nation’s undocumented immigrants at roughly 2.6 million.

Fresno State partners with UC Merced SBDC

UC Merced’s Small Business Development Center has a new partner in Fresno State to deliver its entrepreneur education and consulting services.

For the last three years, the UC Merced Regional Network has been a partner with the Central Valley Business Incubator (CVBI) to support small businesses throughout Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Madera counties with counselors, workshops and financing opportunities to help them grow.

Fed office achieves LEED platinum

426twoThe General Services Administration center in the Park Place Office building in Fresno has become the latest in the area to earn LEED certification for achieving high environmental standards.

Fresh & Easy courting buyers

41913twoTesco, Britain’s largest retailer by sales, is to pull out of the U.S., selling off its lossmaking Fresh & Easy supermarket chain after it failed to transfer its winning formula from the U.K. to the western states.

Tilted Kilt expanding to Fresno

Retail
Tilted Kilt expanding to Fresno

The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery — a Celtic-themed restaurant that is a cross between Hooters and the movie Braveheart — is coming to the Fresno market.

Valley business index hits three-year high

Economy

Valley business index hits three-year high

The San Joaquin Valley Business Conditions Index reached its highest point in three years in March, with an index of 58.7.

The index increased from 55.6 in February, marking the fourth straight month of improvement.

Ernie Goss, the research associate heading the monthly study, attributed a lot of the increase to the construction and manufacturing sectors.

The Business Journal takes home ADDY gold

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The Business Journal takes home ADDY gold
Ad agencies, fruit promoters and The Business Journal shined at the Fresno Advertising Federation’s ADDY awards presentation held March 22 at Pardini’s in Fresno.

Controller: Fresno RDA funds transfer illegal

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Controller: Fresno RDA funds transfer illegal
The Fresno Redevelopment Agency inappropriately transferred $41.5 million in assets to the city’s housing agency when it should have been transferred to the redevelopment agency’s successor agency, State Controller John Chiang’s office announced last week.
The successor agency is run by an oversight board of local appointees and is responsible for handling former Redevelopment Agency (RDA) assets.
The Controller’s Office has ordered Fresno to reverse the transfers and place the assets under the local oversight board’s authority.

Fresno John’s Incredible Pizza goes solar

ENERGY

Fresno John’s Incredible Pizza goes solar

John’s Incredible Pizza Co. in Fresno expects to cut its energy bills by 25 percent in the next year with the installation of 216 solar panels on the roof of its 53,000 square-foot facility.
The pizza buffet and family entertainment center said the 350,000 kilowatt-hours of energy generated from the installation is enough bake 58 million 14-inch pizzas.