From the daily archives: Monday, January 4, 2010

The 12th Annual Imperial Valley Business Showcase will be from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. January 14, 2010 in the Preble Building at the Imperial Valley Expo in Imperial.

The display floor for Business Showcase 2010 will fill fast and businesses interested in participating should reserve space as soon as possible. The purpose of the annual show is to provide businesses the opportunity to promote and market to Valley businesses and residents.

This year, we once again will be encouraging businesses to sell products and services at the Showcase. There also will be opportunities for networking, product displays and free refreshments and gifts. Also, Valley restaurants will again offer samples from their menus. Last year, an estimated 2,500 people attended.

Information regarding reservations can be obtained by contacting any Valley Chamber of Commerce, or by calling Reliance Public Relations, Inc. at (760) 337-1700.

VIP Sponsors

ALSCO, Artic Air, Community Valley Bank, Desert Commercial Bank, Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial Printers, Rabobank, San Diego County Water Authority, Sun Community Federal Credit Union

Participating Companies:

760 Real Estate
ACME Safety & Supply Corp.
Advance Physical Therapy
AM Copiers Inc.
American Cancer Society, CA. Div., Inc.
Anderholt & Storey, APLC
Apple Bee’s
CA Mid Winter Fair/ I.V. Expo
Cal Works
Campesinos Unidos, Inc.
City of El Centro, Economic Development
Cold Stone Creamery
Coldwell Banker
Community Valley Bank
Derma Flooring
Desert Air Conditioning
Desert Commercial Bank
Desert Valley Library
E.W. Corporation
Earthrise Nutrition
El Centro Regional Medical Center
Endless Pools
ERA Real Estate
Exit Realty
Farmer Boys
First Christian Church – Youth Group
Gourmet Ice
H & R Block
Hart Insurance Center, Inc.
Holtville Tribune
Home Pro
Hot Rods & Beer
Imperial Irrigation District – IID
Imperial Printers
Imperial Store
Imperial Valley Blood Services
Imperial Valley College
Imperial Valley Film Commission
Imperial Valley Joint Chamber of Commerce
Imperial Valley Mall
Imperial Valley Press
Imperial Valley Young Professionals (YPO)
IV Cycle Center
IVROP -Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Pro.
Jacques ’N Jills Health Club
Jade Security
KROP and 98.3
Labor Ready
Locke Aire
LPL Financial – Dale Howard
Mass Mutual Financial Group (Pollakov)
Mc Neece Mart #23
Mesquite Regional Landfill
National Property Inspections/Karina Alvarez, CPA
Ocotillo Home Medical
Open System Imaging
Original Brown Bag
ORMAT Technologies Inc.
PC Solutions
Penny Shopper
Pioneer Van & Storage
Pioneers Memorial Hospital District
Postal Out Post
R & K Air Conditioning
Rodriquez Financial Service Professional
Ryan Childers Assoc.
San Diego County Water Authority
San Diego State University, Imperial Valley
Seacoast Multimedia
Southwest Dental Group
State Farms Insurance
Sun Community Federal Credit Union
Time Warner
Vantage Oncology – I.V.C.C.
Walker & Driskill
Western Mesquite Mines
Westmorland Chamber of Commerce
Wind Zero
Work Force Development


Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit & Expo 2010 Announced

(El Centro, CA) – The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce its 2010 Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit & Expo which will be held March 16-18.  Now in its third year, the summit will take place at the Quechan Casino and Resort in Winterhaven in Imperial Valley, California.

The 2010 theme, “Growing California’s Green Economy,” will center on bringing investments in renewable energy projects and developing a green collar workforce in Imperial Valley.

“With over 40,000 megawatts of renewable energy potential in the Imperial Valley, this region will be the source for much of California’s renewable energy in the near future,” stated Tim Kelley, Executive Director of the IVEDC.  “The goal of this summit is to bring renewable energy developers, investors and educators together to serve the state’s growing needs for green energy, transform its workforce and boost its economy.”

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order in September 2009 requiring the state draw 33 percent of its electricity from renewable sources like geothermal, solar and wind power by 2020.  With the increased interest of utilities and independent power producers in developing renewable generation in Imperial Valley, this year’s attendance is expected to break 2009 attendance numbers.

The three-day event will include enlightening speakers, exposition, a networking reception and banquet.

California’s Imperial County will be “The Renewable Energy Capital of the World.”

With its vast natural resources and key location, the region is uniquely positioned to develop those resources while also helping the state and entire Southwest meet the demand for renewable energy.

Some of the most promising opportunities for renewable
energy sources include geothermal, solar and biofuels.

With plenty of room for expansion, Imperial County is the second  largest geothermal energy producing county in the nation, generating over 500 megawatts.

By itself, the area surrounding the Salton Sea has the ability to produce over 2,000 megawatts.

Several new geothermal facilities are presently being designed and built in Imperial County.

Home to over 360 days of annual sunshine and large amounts of private and public lands available for development, Imperial County will soon see the creation of many new solar energy generation projects.

NREL maps identify Imperial County as an ideal location for solar, with most land being less than 1% in slope. (

A number of utility-scale solar generators are in development.

The Imperial Valley contains nearly 500,000 acres of some of the world’s most productive farmland and possesses the largest single water right on the Colorado River (3.1 million acre feet/year).

Our abundant agricultural resources combined with a year-round growing season make this area prime for biofuel production.

Several new ethanol plants are being proposed, using corn, sugarcane or cellulosic technologies.

Other generation concepts being explored include biomass and


Full Closures Scheduled for Best Road in Brawley
Brawley – A portion of Best Road south of Shank Road in Brawley will be closed for about a month starting Monday morning at 8.

On Monday and Tuesday, the closure will be between Shank Road and Brawley Beef Way.  The closure will extend to just south of Brawley Beef Way from Wednesday at 4 p.m. through the end of the month.

The closures will allow highway construction crews to construct a new intersection at Best Road as part of the ongoing construction on the SR-78/SR-111 Brawley Bypass Project.

The initial detour route for motorists northbound on Best Road will be to turn left on Brawley Beef Way, right on Slider Road, right on Shank Road and left back onto Best Road. Southbound motorists will use the same route in the opposite direction.

Beginning Wednesday afternoon, motorists will be detoured via Main Street rather than Brawley Beef Way.

Workers will place detour signs to assist motorists around the closures.

For more information please see the SR-78/SR-111 Brawley Bypass fact sheet at


By Mario Conde

The Grand Jury has been requested to investigate the Calexico Heffernan Hospital Board in regards to misappropriation of public funds.

The Calexico Hospital Board has been looking at purchasing 15 acres of the Calexico Mega Park in Calexico in order to construct a medical campus. The Calexico Planning Commission approved the project back in last summer the project site the consists of 150 acres of land located on the southeast quadrant of Hwy 111 and Japer Rd across the highway of the Casino project. The site has historically been used as farmland and is located within the City limits.

The City of Calexico has received a letter from the project developers and requested to rescind  the Mega Park project. The developers will re-submit a new plan to sell the property by parcels, this means the land will now be undeveloped raw land with a price tag of much less that they started with going from $60,000 an acre to about $30,000 a maximum. If Heffernan paid the original price of $217,000 an acre it will drop down to $30,000 overpaying more than what the land is actual worth.

The cost of the land to Mega Park was proposed to be worth $9 million dollars but since no prospective tenants were coming, the project was in danger in going into foreclosure. The Heffernan Board gave the project  a $450,000 dollar loan. The loan for Mega Park will be paid back to Heffernan on or before May 15, 2010 with 6% interest annually.

The property in Jasper Road has been proposed since 1994 to be the site of three projects that have failed to move forward. A commercial power center and a light industrial development on the project site was proposed in the early 90’s. This project never moved forward and later on it was proposed to develop a mixed used project on site, consisting of commercial highway and multi-family residential uses, also considered by the City.

The Mega Park was the third project proposed for this area.

Former Hospital Board member Mark Perrone sent a letter to the Hospital board in late 2008 before the end of his term as board member questioning the rush of its members to complete the transaction at the Mega Park. He said the board needed to do its due diligence commitments before spending $3.3 million dollars for a property. Perrone asked the board why are they buying land when it cannot be developed and with no prospects or tenants. He recommended to create a business plan that insures transparent, open handed and impartial decision making. He questioned the Chairperson of the board about who will pay for the parcel, construction cost, and on-site improvement and infrastructure.

The Heffernan Board and the JPA Board, composed of Heffernan Board members and Calexico Council members, voted not to record Perrone’s letter on their minutes and agenda.

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