“I’m very please with the G3 effort. Gonzales has gone the extra step to assist our business. When asked to sponsor local events there is no hesitation because of the reciprocal effort.” - Mike Kennedy, Green Valley Farm Supplies
Gonzales receives regular inquiries from companies seeking new opportunities thanks to referrals from existing businesses. Local businesses indicate they are pleased with the partnership they have developed with the City.
“Gonzales maintains a business friendly environment and takes a lead role in attracting and supporting small business owners and integrating businesses into the community.” - Vinicio Vides, CEO of Energy Alternative Solutions, Inc.
Gonzales is the home of biodiesel producer, Energy Alternative Solutions, Inc. They were assisted in expansion by investments from Gonzales business and redevelopment agency loans. Local farmers are piloting a project to grow biodiesel producing crops. Gonzales’ Sister city, Tateposco in Cocula, Jalisco, Mexico is preparing to grow a crop for biodiesel fuel production in Gonzales. The City, Air District, and private funds built a biodiesel fueling station to distribute the local fuel. In addition to the sales tax, the City negotiated an innovative revenue sharing arrangement with the company that provides additional revenues help fund local essential services. One food processor now saves nearly $80,000.00 per year on waste disposal fees after recyclable and redirection of waste. An international winery is diverting between 82 and 90 percent of its waste stream from the landfill at a substantial cost savings. Standard operations were improved at these and other manufacturing sites due to G3 efforts.
“The relationship between Converted Organics of California, LLC, the City of Gonzales and the School District is a model that other communities ought to aspire to achieve. The City of Gonzales is an innovative partner and the G3 program is a cutting edge example of how business and government can work together to benefit the community and the business.” - Edward J. Gildea, President, Converted Organics Inc.
Converted Organics has grown and now distributes its all natural fertilizer products throughout North America. They have participated in many G3 business-to-business connections to improve the agricultural economy. With many partners, G3 developed a food waste diversion program where Schools take their food waste to Converted Organics to be returned as free fertilizer to school sites and City parks. This model zero-waste lunch program is currently being considered as a regional solution for food waste.