Local business briefs: China veteran to head California trade office

China veteran to head California trade office

Diane Long has been hired as the executive director of the new California-China Office of Trade and Investment, part of California’s effort to bolster its trade relationship with China.

Long’s hiring was announced by Gov. Jerry Brown, the Bay Area Council and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

The California-China Office of Trade and Investment in Shanghai will serve as a hub for California companies interested in entering or expanding in China.

Beacon Economics, which annually breaks down U.S. Commerce Department statistics to value the merchandise shipped abroad by California businesses, recently said China is on track to become California’s No. 2 trade market by the end of the year, moving Canada to No. 3. The state’s top trade market is Mexico.

Long previously served as a managing director at Xanadu Enterprise Shanghai Ltd, a bilingual, bicultural China strategic market entry firm that assists companies entering the Chinese market.

Senior community

set to open in March

Officials from Concord-based Carlton Senior Living said they’re on schedule for a mid-March opening of Carlton Plaza of Davis, a senior living community with 102 apartments for independent living, assisted living and memory care.

The three-story, 110,000-square-foot community, on a 2.5-acre site on Fifth Street, is being built by Sundt Construction, which has a Sacramento office. A lodge-style decor will honor the agricultural history of Davis.

Officials said about 50 of the apartments already are reserved, and 80 percent of inquiries are coming from current residents of Davis.

For more details, call (530) 601-5077 or see www.carltonsenior living.com.

Nonprofit developer gets green designation

Nonprofit developer Mutual Housing California in Sacramento said it recently earned the first green organization designation in Sacramento County from NeighborWorks America, the federally created program that funds affordable housing and community development nationwide.

Officials said the “Green Organization Program” designation required an extensive review of green business practices in the local nonprofit’s operations, communities and programs. To date, 42 U.S. nonprofits have been a- warded the designation.

Mutual Housing has been known for its green focus since 2002, when the nonprofit became the first multifamily developer in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District to install solar electricity.

Washington, D.C.-based NeighborWorks America’s goal is to have at least two-thirds of its member organizations designated green by 2016.