Press Releases & Media

June 11, 2013

CED and Glenn County HRA Partnership

The Center for Economic Development (CED) has been contracted through the Glenn County Human Resource Agency (HRA) and its Community Development Block Grant to provide assistance in the following areas: loan prep, competitive intelligence, marketing services, financial services, website services and social media utilization.

To receive these services, an existing business or start-up must qualify as a microenterprise, and be headquartered in Glenn County. A microenterprise is defined as having five or fewer employees and the owner must have a household income of 80 percent or less of the county's median household income. The program is now open to the public and is set to run through September 2015. All interested entrepreneurs in Glenn County should contact Yassi Lam, Business Services Coordinator for Glenn County, at (530)934-1494 or visit the Glenn HRA Web site.

For questions about other CED business services, please contact Michael Suplita at or (530) 898-3855.

October 16, 2012

Center for Economic Development Has New Regional Partnership 

The Center for Economic Development (CED) at California State University, Chico has been designated as a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center in a regional partnership with the Office of Community and Economic Development at CSU, Fresno.

The new designation will be supported by a grant of $110,000 per year for each campus’s office of economic development.

University centers are specifically focused on leveraging university assets to build regional economic ecosystems that support high-growth entrepreneurship. The partnership will focus on cultivating an economic ecosystem throughout California, with an emphasis on their combined 31-county service area of the Great Central Valley.

Through this partnership, CED’s EDA University Center will focus on economic development activities that further industry growth, job creation, entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialization in industry sectors with high growth potential, including agriculture, clean energy, health care and water.

“Through this collaborative partnership between CSU, Chico and CSU, Fresno, we will be leveraging the resources and expertise at these two California State Universities to address the many challenges facing the communities and regional economies of California,” said Dan Ripke, director of CED at CSU Chico.

“We are very excited to be designated a University Center and to be furthering an already strong working partnership with CSU, Chico,” said Mike Dozier, executive director at the Office of Community and Economic Development at CSU, Fresno. “This grant and designation will allow our two universities to provide communities and organizations throughout Northern California, from Bakersfield to the Oregon border, with economic development tools and technical assistance."

The Center for Economic Development (CED) acts as a lens focusing the resources and expertise of California State University, Chico and other institutions of higher education on the challenges and opportunities facing the Northstate.