Initiatives

The Business Council’s primary purpose it to ensure the maintenance and enhancement of the quality of life in the communities within our county. We have chosen to focus on those areas that have the most influence on that quality; education of our citizens, crime, homelessness, planning for community growth and ensuring ancillary services such as transportation are properly addressed. Each of these areas has a distinct focus.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Provide active engagement in the infrastructure initiatives contemplated by state and local governments, including transportation, water and local/regional planning.

EDUCATION

Provide leadership, oversight and financial support in the pursuit of enhanced educational opportunities for the citizens of San Joaquin County. Current focus includes oversight of Measure M (sales tax to fund libraries and recreational facilities in Stockton) as well as identifying increased vocational education opportunities within the community; consistent with the expressed needs of our employment base. Continue to focus on education of youth.

HOMELESSNESS

Monitor ongoing efforts by government, nonprofit and business communities in addressing the problem of homelessness in our area. Offer assistance and insight when appropriate. Ensure plans developed are thorough and are regularly measured for effectiveness. Current focus includes ensuring that an effective plan is developed by San Joaquin County’s Homelessness Task Force.

CRIME

Monitor the status of crime within the County; review current approaches to crime reduction and offer input where appropriate. Convene members of the business community with law enforcement, city and county officials to ensure communication is strong among all stakeholders. Current focus includes the proper implementation of Measures A/B (sales tax to combat crime in Stockton).

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