As Northern California continues to grow demographically and economically, the Center for Economic Development (CED) at CSU, Chico is committed to helping communities prepare and plan for future growth. Helping communities and businesses in planning, community development, employment generation, natural resource management, workforce development, alternative energy advancement, and leadership training is the CED’s goal. The CED also assists Northern California communities to sustain growth and promote empowerment and expertise among its residents. With these goals in mind, it is the philosophy of the CED to:
Provide the highest quality economic development assistance to the communities of Northern California.
Respect the individuality of each person and the communities in which they live.
Promote the transfer of information and knowledge from the university and other sources to economic development and planning practitioners, and the general public.
Establish and foster partnerships between workforce development entities, community and vocational colleges, policy makers, communities, and all organizations that are in support of assisting growth in Northern California.
In addition, the CED has received a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to be the lead Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Sacramento Valley's five regional SBDC service centers. The five SBDC service centers provide services to strengthen the small business community network and promote economic growth within the 23-county service region in Northern California. The five SBDC service centers provide counseling and training to all small business populations.
The Center for Economic Development (CED) was founded in September 1986. Its purpose is to act as a lens to focus the resources of California State University, Chico and other institutions of higher education onto the issues and problems facing the communities of California.
The Center's founder, Dr. John Sanzone, understood the need for targeted technical assistance, particularly in Northern California, and this theme is continued under the current direction of Dan Ripke. The CED has also established partnerships with workforce development, STEM agencies (science, technology, engineering, & math), as well as green project coordinators.
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