Congressman Bera meets with local start up business owners
On Tuesday Congressman Ami Bera attended a meeting of local start up business owners that was held at Elk Grove’s InnoGrove Coworking, which is a local business that helps start up businesses and offers co-working spaces.
One of the other challenges he noted was that there are “two” America’s. The larger cities and the rural areas. He said he feared that rural areas were falling farther behind. He said more needs to be done to help the rural areas get caught up.
Some of the other things he touched on:
The changing face of retail space. As more and more big box stores become vacant, what will the space be used for? Housing? A place for multiple businesses? California losing businesses. Bera was critical of Governor Brown for not fighting hard enough to keep businesses here by offering taxes breaks and reduced regulations. He said not only do we need to try and create new businesses, but we need to keep the existing businesses here too. Along those lines he said he would like to see the facilities at Aerojet be used to lure engineers and businesses from the Silicon Valley. He said he would like to see the Sacramento area do more to bring Silicon Valley companies here. The cost of land and housing in the Bay Area, will make Sacramento a viable destination.
The cannibus industry. Bera said he thinks that under the Trump administration that things will go backwards at the Federal level. He said he supports state’s rights on this and other issues. He noted that he felt like Republicans and Democrats had switched roles and that democrats were becoming defenders of state’s rights and Republicans were defending big government. When the conversation turned to the topic of Washington DC, Bera said he is optimistic that the two sides can work together on issues like health care.