Gino DiCaro

GO-Biz new appointments, expanded authority

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Sept. 14, 2012 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown announced several key appointments to the executive team of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, also known as GO-Biz. Chief among them was the appointment of Mr. Kish Rajan as Director, who will lead the GO-Biz executive team in streamlining services for business leaders and enhancing job creation, economic development and international trade statewide. Prior to his selection, Mr. Rajan owned and operated a public affairs firm and has served on the Walnut Creek City Council since 2008.

In conjunction with this announcement, Governor Brown also signed legislation transferring responsibility for international trade and investment policy to GO-Biz. GO-Biz was created to serve as California’s lead entity for economic strategy, business development and job creation. With the approval of AB 2012, authored by Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles), GO-Biz also becomes the point of contact for trade strategy and foreign investment.

AB 2012 also authorizes GO-Biz to reopen and operate the state’s overseas trade offices that were closed in 2003 due to budget cuts, and to partner with nonprofit organizations, using state funds or private donations, to operate these offices. Further, AB 2012 establishes an online permit assistance service in an effort to streamline the permitting process for businesses in California.

The first overseas office to reopen will be the Shanghai, China office. According to reports, it should be open by the end of the year and will be funded with private sector resources raised by the Bay Area Council, supporters of the bill.

 

For more information about AB 2012 or for a complete list of the GO-Biz appointees, please click on the following links:

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