Calderon Legislation Creating Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program Approved by Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy approved Assembly Bill 86, a measure authored by Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon which establishes the state Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Program in order to boost collaboration between small business and government.

“Entrepreneurs in California are some of the best and brightest in the entire world and responsible for creating millions of jobs to our economy,” stated Majority Leader Calderon. “With AB 86, we can create the framework to utilize their expertise and make state governmental activities and practices more streamlined and accessible.”

The EIR Act of 2017 will establish the state Entrepreneur-in-Residence program within the Government Operations Agency. The measure will authorize the appointment of a maximum of 10 entrepreneurs each year to serve within a state agency as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, with duties as established in the bill, on a voluntary basis. Additionally, AB 86 would require the Secretary to establish a formal working group of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence to discuss best practices, experiences, obstacles, opportunities, and recommendations. Findings from the working group will be reported to the Governor and Legislature.

Entrepreneurs placed in California agencies and departments will assist in providing outreach to small businesses, as well as recommend ways to modernize government procedures and improve existing programs. They will facilitate meetings and forums to educate entrepreneurs on agency programs and requirements, and provide technical assistance when navigating government programs.

The EIR program has already been approved in three states, Ohio, Virginia and Texas, and is being considered in several others. Additionally, Congress recently passed the TALENT Act to permanently establish the federal EIR program, known as the Presidential Innovation Fellows.

AB 86 is supported by TechNet, Dell, California Association of Independent Businesses, Inc., California Chamber of Commerce, California Manufactures and Technology Association, and Small Business California.

Contact: Lerna Shirinian (562) 692-5858

Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon was elected in November 2012 to represent California's 57th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Industry, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, Whittier and the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, Bassett, East La Mirada, East Whittier, Los Nietos-West Whittier, South San Jose Hills, South Whittier, and Hacienda Heights.