After many years in which it seemed Brawley was floundering, the city finally is on a new clear track toward economic development. There appears to be an aggressive effort on the part of the city to bring growth.
One sign of that is the push for new legislation that would change the city's state manufacturing enhancement designation to an enterprise zone, which would expand the city's ability to provide tax incentives to businesses.
We join city and county officials in urging state leaders to approve Assembly Bill 499, which would change the MEA to an enterprise zone. Now is an ideal time for the state government to pay some attention to the Imperial Valley, which has seen a sharp decrease in its unemployment rate in the last year.
That decrease was due in large part to the new beef-processing plant in Brawley, which created 600 jobs. And that the beef plant located in Brawley is due in large part to the city offering a tax incentive through its MEA.