San Joaquin River Pergola

In partnership with the County and City of Fresno and the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the Fresno County EDC’s High-Speed Rail Business Support Program provides empathetic, knowledgeable, and effective service to local businesses, property owners, and farms impacted by the California High-Speed Rail project. This program serves as one of the largest business retention efforts in our region. Over the last three years, our team has incorporated an all-hands-on-deck approach, aligning our clients with community partners such as financial institutions, real estate firms, non-profit organizations, regulatory agencies, and senior officials with High-Speed Rail. We work to ensure client concerns are addressed, they’re given a fair shake, and that their business is positioned for long-term stability and growth.

Real Impacts Felt Here At Home

  • High-Speed Rail spans 35 miles in Fresno County
  • Estimated 3,000 jobs impacted along HSR corridor
  • Over 440 property owners being impacted
  • Nearly 60% of impacted parcels in Fresno County have been acquired

Channeling Challenge into Opportunity

  • Assisted over 315 business and property owners
  • Assisted with 85 business relocations
  • An estimated 900+ jobs retained
  • 96% business retention rate in Fresno County
  • Over 30% of clients have expanded their building footprint
  • Helped secure over $600,000 in unconventional financing

    Confidential Services Provided Free of Charge

    • Site Selection
      The EDC works closely with local real estate professionals to identify similarly situated relocation properties.
    • Local Permitting & Regulations
      The EDC works closely with the City and County of Fresno to coordinate consistency, clarity and the expedient issuance of entitlements and other jurisdictional requirements.
    • Financing
      The EDC works closely with local agencies to assist with Industrial Development Bonds, loan guarantees, direct financing, local development funds, grants, micro-loan programs and SBA loan packages.
    • Meetings
      The EDC coordinates meetings with PG&E, California permitting agencies, HSR Authority and any other local or state agency necessary to ease the transition process.

    Staff Contact Information


    Will Oliver

    Director of Business Services

    (559) 476-2518

    Clay Gilpin

    HSR Business Support Coordinator

    (559) 476-2517

    Important Links and Information

    California High-Speed Rail Authority Website

    City of Fresno Website

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