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Fresno County - California's New Frontier
Location matters - for finding your perfect site, for sourcing materials and labor, for reaching as many customers as possible as quickly as possible, and Fresno County is the premier location for doing business in California and the western United States.
Fresno County is ideally located in the central San Joaquin Valley, 178 miles south of San Francisco and 219 miles north of Los Angeles, with easy access to State Route 99 and Interstate 5 as they run the length of the state. It is served by more than 3,000 miles of roadway and a major international airport. The area is a hub for trucking, warehousing, and logistics and is blessed with mild weather, meaning reliable ground delivery is still a reality here. The California High-Speed Rail Project will soon join the Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) and Union Pacific (UP) rail lines serving the county. From Fresno County, your products can reach over 38+ million consumers with next day ground delivery and most of the western region within a three-day delivery range. Learn More About Transportation in Fresno County
With fifteen cities and a broad unincorporated area to choose from, your business can still find the perfect location to build and grow in Fresno County. The county's economy and character range from a focus on agribusiness, water technology, and alternative energy in the westside and rural communities to the more urban healthcare, biotech, and educational complexes of the larger central cities, including the city of Fresno, the County Seat, with a 2013 population of over 500,000 people. From light manufacturing to large heavy industrial to warehouse and distribution, Fresno County is home to industrial land suitable for all business needs.
Businesses relocating or expanding into Fresno County find the cost of operations here to be the lowest in California, thanks in large part to the availability of accelerated permitting and local incentives addressing everything from hiring to utility costs to assistance with development impact fees. The County of Fresno has recently launched a Rapid Response Team for permitting, and the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) staff is always ready to bring local planning, public safety, and utility departments to the table to facilitate the permits process.
Fresno County also has the agile, productive workforce and the recruitment resources to build your business team smoothly and quickly. With four colleges, including California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), six community colleges, six vocational schools, an internationally recognized hands-on building trades apprenticeship program, and a wide array of job training programs all located in Fresno County, skilled labor is plentiful here. The EDC is ready to connect employers with those workers using the Ready2Hire.org recruitment tool and a working knowledge of wage-reimbursement and hiring tax credit programs that make staffing even easier and more affordable.
Contact the Fresno County EDC now to find out how we can help your business plan its ground game in Fresno County, the premier location for doing business in California.
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