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Oregon economist looks for moderate growth

STOCKTON — When economist John Mitchell looks at San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, he sees rising home prices, increased construction permitting and rain — and it’s an improvement.

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UC Merced’s SBDC reports on economic impact

MERCED — Clients of the University of California, Merced’s Small Business Development Center Regional Network obtained $40.9 million in financing for small businesses during 2016, the center said in a report.

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Stockton Chamber seeks board applicants

STOCKTON — The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce is looking for applicants for membership on its Board of Directors.

Board members play a role in establishing policy and providing guidance to the Chamber’s committees and staff.

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California’s 2016 grape crush in at more than 4.2 million tons

California produced more than 4.2 million tons of grapes in 2016, up 9.3 percent from 2015, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s grape crush report.

Red wine varieties represented the biggest share of the 2016 grape crush at nearly 2.28 million tons, up 11.6 from 2015. White varietals came in at more than 1.75 million tons, up 5.3 percent from 2015.

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California exports start 2017 strong

California exporters were off to a strong start in 2017, according to a Beacon Economics’ analysis of U.S. trade statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Automation and robot-proofing your career

STOCKTON — For more than 40 years, robots have been at work in U.S. factories doing mainly routine, repetitive work. While the number of manufacturing jobs has gone down in this country, productivity has gone up.

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Manufacturer sells low-flow innovation



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COARSEGOLD — It’s not uncommon to hear about the decline of American manufacturing, but one Central Valley Company is building its business making water-efficient showerheads with made-in-California parts.

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