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Office of Independent Review Quarterly Report Now Available on City’s Website

Jan 31, 2017 No Comments

The City of Fresno Office of Independent Review’s report for the fourth quarter of 2016 is now available on the City’s website. The report, compiled by Independent Reviewer Rick Rasmussen, covers the period from October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. The report, as well as other information on the Office of Independent Review, is [...]

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DOWNTOWN CENTER LAUNCHES CAREER READINESS ACADEMY CLASSES

Jan 26, 2017 No Comments

Fresno State’s Downtown Center at Bitwise South Stadium is launching a series of career development workshops in partnership with the City of Fresno, the United Way and other community-based organizations. Funded by a grant from Wells Fargo, the Career Readiness Academy is a series of workshops created to serve low-income residents who are new to [...]

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2017 Chukchansi Park job fair is set for Saturday, February 4

Jan 24, 2017 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno Grizzlies will hold their annual job fair at Chukchansi Park in Downtown Fresno on Saturday, February 4 from 9 a.m. to Noon.  The organization employs roughly 400 game-day workers each season for Grizzlies baseball, Fresno Fuego soccer and several stadium special events.  As a huge employer in Downtown’s largest gathering space, new [...]

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International Agri-Center Prepares For 50th Anniversary of World Ag Expo

Jan 24, 2017 No Comments

The largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind, World Ag Expo boasts more than 1,500 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. A record-setting 106,349 people came from 47 states and 79 countries to attend 2016 World Ag Expo. The World Ag Expo Arena will once again [...]

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Inspiration Park Receives Award of Excellence from the California Park & Recreation Society

Jan 23, 2017 No Comments

FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services (PARCS) Department has been selected as a 2016 California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) Award of Excellence recipient for Community Center/Mixed Use Class 2 in the Excellence in Facility Design Award category for Inspiration Park and the Donovan Center, which were officially dedicated last [...]

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Campus Gets $2.2 Million From State to Expand Entrepreneurial Reach

Jan 20, 2017 No Comments

UC Merced’s share of $22 million in state funds through Assembly Bill 2664 will help the campus fulfill some of its primary goals: transforming the region economically and providing people with greater opportunity. Each of the 10 UC campusesOpens a New Window. is receiving $2.2 million in one-time funding from AB 2664, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expansion, [...]

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Fresno County EDC hosts the Energy Summit

Jan 18, 2017 No Comments

The Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is hosted its annual Energy Summit at Bitwise South Stadium on Jan. 18. The regional event served as a timely and relevant platform for information on various forms on energy innovation that makes Fresno County an industry leader. The keynote speaker at this year’s Energy Summit was Alex [...]

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BITWISE ANNOUNCES EXPANSION

Jan 18, 2017 No Comments

Bitwise Industries co-founder Jake Soberal announced the next major change as the company creates it technology campus in downtown Fresno. In Addition to South stadium, Bitwise will transform a total of three spaces including Hotel Virginia, the Old Spaghetti Factory now called Bitwise 41 and State Center along R Street. “We’ll add 50 technology companies [...]

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CENTER FOR WATER TECHNOLOGY RECEIVES $500,000 GRANT FOR ENERGY INNOVATION

Jan 18, 2017 No Comments

Fresno State’s International Center for Water Technology received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to create the Central Valley Regional Energy Innovation Accelerator program. The International Center for Water Technology and the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center will oversee the three-year program that will assist 20 to 25 entrepreneurs in the [...]

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Fresno Grizzlies / Fresno Tacos now “own” taco emoji

Jan 17, 2017 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno Grizzlies and their alter-ego, the Fresno Tacos, have officially announced the acquisition of the Taco Emoji used on mobile phones, Twitter and numerous other digital platforms. The transaction makes official that the taco emoji is secure as property of the Central Valley, a.k.a. the Taco Capital of the United States [...]

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BITWISE INDUSTRIES CEO SOBERAL TO TALK TECHNOLOGY AND FRESNO JAN. 20

Jan 12, 2017 No Comments

ake A. Soberal, CEO of Bitwise Industries will speak on “How to Fix America’s Most Broken City: The Bitwise Story” at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State. At the free, public event hosted by the Friends of the Madden Library, Soberal will examine how Bitwise promotes the incubation of new technology in [...]

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World Ag Expo Announces 2017 Top-10 New Product Winners

Jan 11, 2017 No Comments

Tulare, CA – Results are in for World Ag Expo’s Top-10 New Products Competition, sponsored by Bank of America. The winners will be showcased February 14-16, 2017, during the 50th anniversary of World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. A group of judges made up of farmers, ranchers and industry professionals selected the Top-10 New Products. [...]

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VALLEY ECONOMIC INDEX CLOSES 2016 AT HEALTHY LEVELS

Jan 11, 2017 No Comments

For the fourth straight month, the San Joaquin Valley Business Conditions Index remains in a range pointing to solid growth in the next three to six months. The December index dipped slightly to 54.5 from November’s 55.6 reading. An index greater than 50 indicates an expansionary economy over the course of the next three to [...]

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E.M. Tharp and World Ag Expo “We Believe in Growing” Scholarship Applications Now Available

Jan 09, 2017 No Comments

Tulare, CA – World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have teamed up again to provide the “We Believe in Growing” scholarship, created to support agricultural education. High school seniors from Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties are encouraged to apply by January 20, 2017, to be considered. A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded [...]

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Mayor Brand Speech Highlights Inaugural Ceremony at City Hall

Jan 06, 2017 No Comments

FRESNO, CA – Mayor Lee Brand’s inaugural address was the highlight of today’s ceremony at City Hall, as he reaffirmed his oath of office in the City Council chambers during the regularly scheduled Council meeting. He took his official oath of office with City Clerk Yvonne Spence on Tuesday, January 3 in front of Council [...]

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City Leaders Provide Update on Hotel California Situation

Jan 05, 2017 No Comments

FRESNO, CA – After nearing completion of all required heating repairs from the City’s initial notice and order, the property located at 530 North Weber was inspected for compliance with California Building Code. During the inspection of the installation of new heaters, the City’s Building and Safety personnel identified a potentially dangerous electrical hazard that requires [...]

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Community Arts Grant Program Deadline Extended

Jan 05, 2017 No Comments

The Visalia Community Arts Grant Program – a program of the City in partnership with the Arts Consortium – has extended the deadline for 2017 applications. The Community Arts Grant Program focuses on developing local cultural resources, and supporting programs and activities that reach diverse segments of the community. The Community Grants Program identifies two [...]

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Scientists Build Synthetic Cell-Sized Membranes Out of Paper

Jan 04, 2017 No Comments

Scientists have been synthesizing lipid membranes from a variety of materials, making them as lifelike as possible to learn more about how cells work and how they can be manipulated. UC Merced Professor Anand Subramaniam and his students have come up with a novel, portable and startlingly simple way to create cell-sized membranes out of the phospholipid molecules [...]

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Lee Brand Takes Office

Jan 03, 2017 No Comments

At 9 AM Tuesday Lee Brand was sworn in as Fresno’s mayor.  Mayor Ashley Swearengin has already moved out of city hall, Brand posted a photo on Twitter of his new sign outside the mayor’s office.  In an interview the new mayor said his first 100 days will focus on public safety and the economy. [...]

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City of Fresno Announces Historic Preservation Awards

Jan 02, 2017 No Comments

Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the winners of the City’s 2016 Historic Preservation awards which honor individuals and community groups who have demonstrated excellence in the restoration of a historic building or leadership in preservation planning and neighborhood revitalization. The winners will be recognized at a ceremony at the Fresno City Council meeting on Thursday, [...]

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