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New home designs incorporate outdoor space, sunshine

As the new home market slowly rebounds, homebuilders are finding potential buyers to be choosy in what they want in a new house.
“They are pretty selective,” said Mike Jundt, president of Associated Design & Engineering in Fresno.

The Business Journal takes gold in national awards

The Business Journal came back to Fresno this weekend with suitcases slightly heavier with souvenirs, including some gold and bronze.
At the Alliance of Area Business Publications (AABP) 2013 Editorial Excellence Awards Banquet on June 22 in Nashville, Tenn., The Business Journal was presented with a gold and bronze award for blogging and reporting, respectively.

What to expect from local television station ownership changes

kseeThe recent purchase of four of Fresno’s major network affiliate stations by large TV broadcast companies is expected to have some impact on how the stations operate, potential layoffs, advertising potential and the quality of the product.

Tulare Co. cheese plant to close

Mozzarella Fresca in Tipton will close its Italian cheese manufacturing plant in September, laying off 144 workers. The plant, along Highway 99 south of the city of Tulare, has been in operation since 1997.

Solar dominance

Spanish firm leaves heavy footprint in Tulare County

One relatively new company is fast becoming a major player in the Central Valley’s solar services game.
With its office opening in Visalia last November, ImMODO Energy Services is set to lay down its first large photovoltaic arrays in the region, beginning with a project in Kingsburg and spanning out almost immediately to another four in Tulare County.

Valley degree rate low

Valley degree rate low
The Fresno metro area placed among the lowest in the nation in terms of college degrees, a new report showed.
The report, “A Stronger Nation through Higher Education,” was released by the Lumina Foundation, showing that 38.7 percent of all working-age Americans—age 25 to 65—held a two- or four-year college degree in 2011.

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CEO
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Valley community bankers say payday loans a no-go

Local community bankers in near unison shoot down any consideration for the plea made by former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Raj Date for banks to provide an affordable payday loan system.
The consensus opinion of the Central Valley banking industry is that restraints placed on the banks would make any form of payday lending a losing venture.

Visalia council weighs sales-tax hike

The Visalia City Council is weighing a ballot measure this fall that would increase the city sales tax around 1/4 percent to a total of 8.50 percent. A blue ribbon task force has been meeting this summer to recommend whether to submit the matter to voters.
This week, the task force committee voted overwhelmingly “no” on an increase in the tax. Twenty-seven of the 38 task force members at the June 18 meeting voted no. More on their reasoning later.

Hotels cheer Increased tourism bucks

Travel spending throughout the San Joaquin Valley hit record levels last year and local hoteliers are enjoying every dollar of it.
The upcoming summer season is looking to pan out even better with revenues up so far this year compared to 2012.
For Cynthia Jones, general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn in Clovis, it could end up being the best year since the hotel opened on the corner of Shaw and Peach avenues in 2009.