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Business is thriving in the Atwater area, which boasts an economy that is characterized by a variety of industries. Family-owned and operated businesses sit side-by-side with large national corporations in Atwater, a city that fosters a highly pro-business environment.

The wide range of businesses in Atwater is reflected through the city’s major employers, which includes Dole (food processing), AT&T (call center), Joseph Gallo Farms (dairy), Teasdale Quality Foods (food processing), City of Atwater (government), NCI Building Systems (manufacturing), Annberry Rehab Hospital (medical) and Atwater Elementary School District (education).

Plenty of vital incentives are available for those companies locating or expanding a business in Atwater. The city offers a number of programs to assist local businesses in becoming successful entities in the area’s economy. These opportunities include access to business counseling and training services, Recycling Market Development Zone Designation, Redevelopment Area, State of California Enterprise Zone Designation and Foreign Trade Zone Designation.

Adding to this list of benefits are an established infrastructure; a location within close proximity to rail, air, water and highway systems; a low cost of doing business; a highly skilled workforce, products of the area’s first-class educational offerings; and exceptional support systems such as the Merced County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDCO) and the Atwater Chamber of Commerce. Through the Chamber, member businesses have access to such advantageous resources as educational and training workshops and forums, networking events, marketing and advertising opportunities, referrals…the list goes on.

Evident through these incentives, relocation and business expansion are highly encouraged in Atwater, as there is no lack of sufficient land. The city itself is home to three industrial sites, which are zoned for light to heavy use. These areas include the 204-acre Applegate Business Park, the 40-acre Atwater Business Park and the 3,000-acre Castle Airport Aviation Center.

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