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The Westside Industrial Specific Plan includes 2,600 acres that will accommodate and nurture the development of a major industrial/commercial center in Turlock’s industrial west side. The City of Turlock has prepared WISP to facilitate economic and job development through orderly growth and development. The plan was prepared during a time of significant change in the structure of the national economy. The plan was adopted in 2006. A Certified Environmental Impact Report has also been adopted, saving significant time and money for those that want to develop.

Many types of manufacturing jobs have declined nationally or have been transferred elsewhere. However, the essential need for food and agricultural products indicate an opportunity to create a center for an enduring and sustainable economy based on agricultural products and related processes and services. It is anticipated that the benefits available from WISP and the Enterprise Zone will stimulate industrial development.

In addition to the development of WISP, the city has invested $15 million in backbone infrastructure improvements to provide “shovel ready” sites for industrial development.

A significant portion of the Greater Turlock Area, including the entire WISP area, is located in Stanislaus County’s Enterprise Zone. The Enterprise Zone is a state-sponsored tax benefit program designed to reduce the cost of doing business.

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There are several areas in Turlock designated for retail and office use, including a recently renovated and viable downtown area, property along Hwy. 99 and areas near Emanuel Medical Center, as well as commercial areas on Geer Rd., Golden State Blvd. and Countryside Plaza. The downtown area has several multi-story buildings with upper stories zoned for commercial, office and residential use.

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California Enterprise Zones were established to stimulate economic development in certain areas of the state. On November 16, 2005, the California Department of Housing and Community Development designated the Stanislaus Enterprise Zone. The Stanislaus Enterprise Zone encompasses an area of approximately 76,000 acres and includes parts of Modesto, Riverbank, Salida, Ceres, Hughson, Keyes, Oakdale, Waterford, Newman, Patterson and Turlock, as well as tracts of unincorporated areas in Stanislaus County.

The state offers several tax credits, deductions and incentives that reduce the cost of hiring new employees and investing in equipment in the Stanislaus Enterprise Zone. These credits, deductions and incentives apply during the 15-year life of the Stanislaus Enterprise Zone – from November 16, 2005, until November 16, 2020. In addition to tax credits, the Stanislaus County Economic Development and Workforce Alliance provide assistance to businesses and job seekers.

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Since the establishment of the initial Enterprise Zone, the City of Turlock has applied for two expansions of the zone. The first expansion included additional portions of the WISP area and virtually all of the commercial properties along Geer Rd. and the area surrounding Emanuel Hospital. This expansion was approved retroactive to July 1, 2006. Effective June 12, 2008, the city also received approval for the remaining areas in the WISP that are zoned for industrial purposes to be included in the Enterprise Zone.

For more Zone 40 information, or to verify whether your business is located within Zone 40, log onto www.stanalliance.com or call the Alliance at (209) 523-ZONE (9663) or Heidi McNally-Dial, City of Turlock Economic Development, (209) 668-5542 ext. 1108.

2010 Top 10 Employers

EMPLOYER — PRODUCT — #EMPLOYED

Turlock Unified School District — Education — 2,120

Foster Farms — Poultry Processor — 1,632

Emanuel Medical Center — Healthcare Facility — 1,400

CSU, Stanislaus — University — 1,000

Turlock Irrigation District — Water & Electric Utility — 480

City of Turlock — City Government — 346

Walmart — Retailer — 324

Target — Retailer — 250

Mid-Valley Dairy — Dairy Products — 217

Costco — Retailer — 215

*Source: The Alliance: Figures reflect peak seasonal figures and may include estimates.

TURLOCK: Industry

FIRMS — Sales/Receipts — Annual Payroll (in 1,000s) — Paid (in 1,000s) — Employees

Accommodation & Food Services — 141 — $105,452 — $28,930 — 2,382

Administrative/Support/Waste Management — 51 — $50,603 — $18,888 — 796

Arts/Entertainment/Recreation — 13 — $10,234 — $3,455 — 222

Education Services — 12 — $3,860 — $1,165 — 91

Healthcare & Social Assistance, Taxable — 180 — $373,827 — $146,408 — 3,717

Information — 10 — N/A — $6,572 — 191

Manufacturing — 77 — $1,604,971 — $137,484 — 3,762

Other Services — 95 — $57,802 — $18,053 — 778

Professional/Scientific/Technical Services — 71 — $46,917 — $16,529 — 515

Real Estate/Rental/Leasing — 62 — $37,027 — $8,057 — 334

Retail Trade — 238 — $987,234 — $96,884 — 4,092

Source: The Alliance, 2007 Economic Census

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