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A diversified, dynamic economy and a pro-business environment are just two characteristics that have been instrumental in this area’s economic success. A strategic location near major markets and transportation networks, a skilled workforce and a high quality of life add to the business appeal of this Central Valley region.

With a location within the fertile San Joaquin Valley, Tulare and Kings counties’ economy is fueled by the agricultural industry. In fact, Tulare County is ranked as the second-leading producer of agricultural commodities in the nation.

While agribusiness is certainly a prominent industry, other resources and industries contribute significantly to the local economy, including an increasing number of light to medium manufacturing plants. Visalia, the county seat of Tulare County, is recognized as the gateway to the Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park and the Sequoia National Monument, resulting in an influx of year-round visitors and a strong tourism sector. The city is also recognized as the business center of the San Joaquin Valley, featuring well over 9,000 diverse businesses located in the thriving downtown district and its outskirts. Visalia also has a 114,000-square-foot convention center, along with several other meeting and event spaces, which are always bustling with a variety of events.

The advantages to relocating and expanding in Tulare and Kings counties continue to draw attention. Both Tulare and Kings counties have access to innumerous business-oriented organizations, including area chambers of commerce, economic development corporations, training centers, small business centers and financial institutions, to name a few. Through groups such as these, area businesses, both large and small, are able to take advantage of endless incentives.

Tulare County comprises the state’s sole Targeted Tax Area, a tax incentive program designed to encourage business development and growth in employment. The region also offers Foreign Trade Sub Zones; the Recycling Market Development Zone, which offers loans, technical assistance and free product marketing to eligible businesses and nonprofits; and numerous local incentives, such as Enterprise Zones, FaŤade Improvement Loans, Revolving Loan Funds and more. There are also plenty of high-quality industrial and business parks and valuable services, including educational and workforce training programs.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS

TULARE COUNTY
Employer — Location — # of Employees
County of Tulare — Visalia — 4320
Porterville Development Center — Porterville — 2014
Kaweah Delta Healthcare — Visalia — 2000
Ruiz Food Products — Dinuba — 1800
Walmart Distribution Center — Porterville — 1692
College of the Sequoias — Visalia — 1160
CIGNA HealthCare — Visalia — 900
Sierra View District Hospital — Porterville — 724
Jostens — Visalia — 720
Land O’Lakes — Tulare — 600
Monrovia Nursery — Woodlake — 600

Source: Tulare County Economic Development Corporation

KINGS COUNTY
Employer — Location — # of Employees
Del Monte Food — Hanford — 1400
JG Boswell Company — Corcoran — 1200
Adventist Health — Hanford — 890
Leprino Foods West — Lemoore — 327
Marquez Brothers — Hanford — 306
Leprino Foods East — Lemoore — 291
Central Valley Meat Co. — Hanford — 270
Conagra Foods Inc. — Hanford — 250
Warmerdam Packing — Hanford — 250
SK Foods — Lemoore — 120-500 (seasonal)

Source: Kings County Economic Development Corporation

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