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“To really invest at the level that we’re going to need to on a sustainable basis for early childhood education, it’s going to require public dollars.” 

#education   #preschool   #stockton  
Stockton-area advocacy groups say preschool is a proven way to keep children from falling behind.
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What do people really want from public transportation? SJCOG wants to know:

#AltamontCorridorExpress  #SanJoaquinCounty   #stockton   #train   #bus  
The Council of Governments will survey regional transit riders in an effort to learn more about public transit usage and possible improvements for riders.
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Newman truck driver Robert Caton is known for his safety record and passion for his job.
Caton’s supervisors at Ruan Transportation nominated him for the company’s Driver of the Year Award for the sixth time — as many years as the honor has been offered. In the past he has been selected as a regional-level finalist. This year he is a national finalist.
“To become a region winner like Robert Caton has … is a significant accomplishment within our company and within our industry, I think,” she said.
“I’m honored to be recognized for the hard work I do,” Caton added.
Newman truck driver Robert Caton is known for his safety record and passion for his job.
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Panera Bread is close to opening in Modesto -- it's hiring.

#PaneraBread #Modesto #ModestoBusinessNews  
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“Tourism is increasing in our area. The Modesto market is poised to have their best year since about 2007, so before the recession.” 
California’s tourism industry enjoyed an upswing in 2014. Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties all saw increases in revenues, tax receipts and jobs.
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“The market will probably have more exposure. I think it will be a good thing for downtown and for us.”

#Merced   #farmersmarket  
The Merced Certified Farmers Market is moving in an effort to make it the centerpiece of downtown Merced's revitalization efforts.
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Panera Bread opens in Modesto and Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches is following close behind.

#Panera   #JimmyJohns   #Modesto  
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“We see this period in Stockton’s history as an opportune time to evaluate how we market and promote our city.”
Visit Stockton has partnered with North Star Destination Strategies in an effort to boost the city’s image, drawing more visitors, businesses and residents.
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"Our county’s biggest employers started out just like you did."

#foodtruck   #modesto   #california   #Californiabusiness  
Cal Central Catering Trailers, the Modesto-based builder of food trucks and trailers, has moved to a new, much larger manufacturing location.
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“The golf course was doing everything possible to survive in a tough economy."
After surviving the Great Recession, Stevinson Ranch Golf Club was finally done in by shifting recreational interests and the drought.
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“Most of these cars they’re hauling down the railway, it’s 30,000 gallons per car, and they can haul them in a 100-car configuration, so you can just see the magnitude of what they’re bringing down the rail."
#UnionPacific   #CrudebyRail  
Union Pacific held training for firefighters from Modesto, Manteca, Lodi and Tracy to show them what to do in case of an incident in their towns.
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Construction is underway on Cal Weber 40, the first housing project in downtown Stockton since the Great Recession.

The partners involved in the project held a groundbreaking ceremony in the building at California Street and Weber Avenue for city officials and reporters Thursday morning. No actual ground was broken, however. Construction on the project began March 23.
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The mission of the Central Valley Business Journal is to be most trusted local source of positive business news in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. 

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