A major factor in the success of Fresno is its location. Fresno is conveniently located in central California, nearly halfway between the large metropolises of Sacramento and Los Angeles. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the business landscape that the community has an ideal climate; convenient access via land and air; prime locations within the city available for purchase or lease; a large pool from which to select well-qualified employees; and professional city staff members are ready to assist whenever and wherever needed.
CITY OF FRESNO DOWNTOWN AND COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION DIVISION
In downtown Fresno, the city is supporting new events to bring an increase in foot traffic, a higher standard for planning and design, incentives for investment and development and a stronger role for the private sector. For more information on general downtown revitalization, please contact Elliott Balch at (559) 621-8366 or Elliott.Balch@fresno.gov.
Neighborhood Revitalization The revitalization process for Fresno neighborhoods is a community-led process with efforts that have brought together all city of Fresno departments, local schools, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, businesses and financial institutions, property owners and, most importantly, affected citizens. Dozens of groups and thousands of local individuals are all working together for the first time, communicating openly to plan, design, fund and restore historic downtown communities and create a better quality and self-sustaining life for citizens of Fresno. For more information, please contact Elaine Robles-McGraw at (559) 621-8360 or Elaine.Robles-McGraw@fresno.gov.
Local Business Initiatives A strong local business community is vital to a healthy community—providing the most private sector jobs and serving as the backbone to the local economy as it shapes the city’s unparalleled character. That is why the local business division focuses on establishing a business-friendly city through innovative policies and initiatives that support the mission to create a sustainable and diverse economy where the unique culture, combined with innovation and entrepreneurship, serves as the foundation for the business community. For more information, please contact Amy Huerta at (559) 621-8362 or Amy.Huerta@fresno.gov.
Incentive Zones Did you know that businesses in the city of Fresno saved over $200 million last year by using the city’s Incentive Zones? Fresno offers a variety of incentives designed to encourage local companies to expand and to attract new businesses to the area. Learn more about the State Enterprise Zone, Federal Foreign Trade, and Federal HUB Zones. Free workshops are offered regularly. For more information, please contact Kelly Trevino at (559) 621-8426 or Kelly.Trevino@fresno.gov.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION SERVING FRESNO COUNTY
The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is working to establish Fresno County as the premiere location to grow and expand core industries. As the essential connection between local businesses and much needed resources, the EDC focuses on providing an active outreach program to improve local businesses’ bottom lines.
The EDC accomplishes the above by assisting in the expansion, retention and attraction of business through an alliance of collaborative partners. Providing up-to-date demographics and information, access to available sites, partnering with the cities of Fresno County, while promoting Fresno County’s assets, such as:
• Competitive wages
• Available workforce
• Affordable land
• Countywide Enterprise Zone
• Low costs of doing business
• Location, location, location
• Seamless transportation system
• Connection to all west coast major markets in one day assures every company located in Fresno County will have a competitive advantage.
The EDC’s value is its ability to market the County of Fresno as the premiere location for companies through concerted strategies with 15 cities and 15 choices.
The EDC provides Business Expansion, and Retention services known as the (BEAR) Action Network. This program is designed to enhance the stability and growth of Fresno County’s existing companies by connecting them with specific resources, information, and services offered through the Network. Their primary objectives are to assist businesses with expansions, survive economic difficulties, and make them more competitive in the wider marketplace.
EDC staff provides businesses and site selectors with accurate, up-to-date and credible information to those interested in investing, locating or expanding in Fresno County. For more information about the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County go to their website at www.fresnoedc.com or call (559) 476-2500.
Companies that service the California market and the West Coast can deliver products in a timely and efficient manner. With excellent proximity to major State Freeways 99, 41, 168 and 180, locating in Fresno puts the world’s sixth-largest economy at your back door and makes logistics and operations less challenging. Further, many of Fresno’s business and industrial parks are located within a Foreign Trade Zone, and/or a State Enterprise Zone offering prospective businesses locating in the area substantial savings and many financial benefits. Typically, the cost of doing business in Fresno County is appreciably lower than most other California cities and the labor market has a ready supply of eager, hard-working individuals ready to make their mark.
In addition, due to an abundance of potential site locations, companies choosing to set up business in Fresno will find the area to be ideal for their headquarters, administrative offices, manufacturing plants and distribution and warehouse facilities. Office and industrial parks such as Palm Bluffs Corporate Center, Shaw Gates Business Park, River Park Corporate Center, North Pointe Business Park, Fancher Creek Business Park, The Crossing Industrial Park, Research and Technology Park, West Tech Industrial Park, Roeding Industrial Park and some city owned industrial parks offer prospective companies locating in the area an array of Class A and B office space, as well as premium locations for manufacturing, distribution and warehouse operations.
United Local Credit Union
Automated Office Systems
First California Federal Credit Union
Cen Cal Business Finance Group
Fresno County Federal Credit Union
Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board
California Business Machines
Dritsas Groom McCormick LLP
Valley Yellow Pages
Master Suites Corporate Housing
Winton Ireland Strom & Green Insurance Agency
Moore Grider & Company