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The Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (Fresno County EDC) is a nonprofit organization established to market Fresno County as the premier location for business prosperity. As “The Essential Connection” between businesses and much-needed resources, it strives to facilitate site selection for new businesses, assist in the attraction of new businesses and industries, and assist in the retention and expansion of existing businesses in Fresno County.

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Business Attraction, Expansion, and Retention: For businesses interested in investing, locating, or expanding into Fresno County, the EDC provides businesses and site selectors with Fresno County real estate and incentive information along with accurate and up-to-date regional information. The EDC also works to enhance the stability and growth of Fresno County’s existing companies by connecting them with specific resources, information, and services needed to support the growth of their business. The goal in connecting businesses with these resources are to assist with expansions that result in job creation, help them survive economic difficulties, and make them more competitive in the wider marketplace.

Fresno Energy Watch: The EDC markets energy-saving measures to businesses and local governments; educates government officials about available training and energy efficiency programs; and coordinates marketing with existing City and County programs.

Business Support Program for High-Speed Rail Impacted Businesses: The EDC, in partnership with the City and County of Fresno, provides advocacy assistance to all business owners impacted by the High Speed Rail Project. These services include: site relocation identification; document review; meeting coordination with City and County staff, PG&E, California permitting agencies, the California High Speed Rail Authority, and any other party necessary to ease the transition process; informational seminars; and, vetted referral lists, including, but not limited to, appraisers, accountants, attorneys, brokers, design/builders and movers.

For more information, visit the EDC at www.fresnoedc.com.

INDUSTRIAL SPACE
Locating in or near Fresno, California’s 5th largest city, puts the world’s sixth-largest economy at your back door with an affordability that is unmatched by any other large metropolitan region in California. The cost of industrial space in Fresno is 50 percent less per square foot than in Los Angeles and 75 percent less per square foot than in the Bay Area. Additionally, Fresno’s central location in California provides a major logistical advantage for businesses. All of California and northern Nevada can be reached within one-day by UPS and FedEx from Fresno with their standard ground shipping, while OnTrac – a regional parcel carrier – can reach the entire west coast (California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Utah) within one-day with their standard ground shipping. Major transportation arteries also run through the region, with easy access to Interstate 5, major State Freeways 99, 41, 180, and 168, along with two Class I railroads, Union Pacific and BNSF. Combined with a metropolitan population of nearly one million people and the availability of a skilled workforce, companies in Fresno County have a solid foundation from where to grow and expand their business.

For more information, visit www.fresnocountycities.com.

BUSINESS INCENTIVES
Fresno County and its 15 cities understand that businesses locate where they are wanted and appreciated and the region is committed to demonstrating that Fresno County is one of the most business-friendly areas in the United States. This commitment is best illustrated by the variety of local, state, and federal incentives made available to businesses looking to invest in Fresno County including these and many more:

• New Employment Opportunities (NEO) Program
• New Employment Credit
• New Market Tax Credit
• Recycling Market Development Zone
• Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Economic Development Rate
• Industrial fee deferral or elimination programs offered by many of Fresno County’s cities

For more information, contact the Fresno County EDC at
(559) 476-2500 or visit www.fresnoedc.com.

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