The California Natural Resources Agency says that forests can provide more than lumber, pointing to an emerging “biomass” industry that could spur rural economic growth.
The counties that make up California’s Central Valley often cannot compete with coastal areas in attracting businesses to locate in their area. But the Kern County Board of Supervisors just released a plan that would offer businesses incentives to set up shop there and to expand existing enterprises.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the names of newly appointed Rural Development State directors in early November.
A survey of economic well-being among Americans finds that 17 percent live in economically distressed communities. The same study shows that 27 percent of the American population live in prosperous areas.
The California Legislature last week passed more than a dozen housing bills in an effort to quell ever increasing cost of living in the state.