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Many factors contribute to Tulare’s growing business community. The city offers a central location with efficient highway and rail access, attractive real estate prices and operating costs, the availability of a dedicated workforce and local leaders who are committed to maintaining the area’s strong economic vitality.

Tulare is a business-ready community that offers a multitude of exceptional incentives for new and existing businesses. The city is part of California’s only Targeted Tax Area, a state program created to stimulate business development and employment growth. Eligible businesses in this zone can take advantage of state tax credits, an interest-free deferred payment plan, accelerated expense deductions, a 15-year Net Operating Loss (NOL) carryover and 21-day permit fast-tracking.

The city is also part of the Recycling Marketing Development Zone, which promotes market development for waste materials, and features a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) at U.S. Cold Storage’s 14.5-acre location in the Tulare Industrial Park. Additionally, Tulare’s 35-block downtown is a designated Business Improvement District through the Tulare Improvement Program (TIP). TIP aims to enhance the heart of the city by organizing downtown promotions and events, administering the FaŤade Grant and Graffiti Reduction programs and investing in additional public and private improvements – among other initiatives.

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As a pro-business city, Tulare hosts several exceptional business organizations that offer assistance in accessing these (and many other) valuable incentives. Among these resources are the City of Tulare’s Economic Development Department, Tulare Chamber of Commerce, Tulare Economic Development Corporation, Tulare County Workforce Investment Board and SCORE. Tulare also hosts the Business Finance Center (BFC), a Certified Development Corporation authorized to prepare three loan programs through the Small Business Administration – the 504 program, the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) and the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program. These organizations regularly work together in order to support local businesses and to market the area to prospective companies and industries.

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