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October 2010 | EDC serving Fresno County |

What's Inside

The EDC has developed this newsletter geared towards city managers and officials, economic development professionals and local brokers of Fresno County and its 15 cities to keep you informed about the EDC's efforts, projects, initiatives, trade shows and events. Our goal is to strengthen the link between the EDC and local government partners by informing you of our activities on a bi-monthly basis. We welcome your feedback! Please email us with comments or suggestions.

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EDC Update

Corporate Locations 

The Economic Development Corporation has aggressively promoted Fresno County to site selectors, brokers, investors and business owners through missions, trade shows, site tours and by responding to RFI's (Requests for Information). We are committed to being the essential connection to all companies looking to expand or relocate. For the fiscal year 2009-2010, the EDC has assisted 23 companies in expanding or locating to Fresno County, creating over 1300 jobs for Fresno County residents.

Business Expansion and Retention 

As of July 1, 2010, the EDC/BEAR Action Network Step 2 Workshops have continued to be an asset for Fresno County businesses. From July 1 to September 30, there have been a total of 18 Step 2 Workshops (including 2 HIRE presentations) conducted, and the BEAR Action Network Team has directly assisted over 100 companies. If you would like to know the paperwork process involved with claiming lucrative hiring credits available to employers throughout Fresno County, come and join us any Thursday morning to learn how these tax credits can be claimed! State and Federal tax credits are very lucrative and relatively simple to capture. Let us show you how! Learn how to claim the credits going forward and retroactively, complete the required forms, know the supporting documentation, and much more! Contact the BEAR Action Network today at 559-476-2511 and see how your business can benefit from these lucrative incentives.

Business Matchmaking

On August 25, along with ABIRC, the City of Fresno, and other community partners, the EDC assisted in hosting the Annual Business Matchmaking and Networking Event. It was a huge success and there was a great turnout with 14 buyers, 29 booth exhibitors, 110 business owners/vendors, and 190 total individuals in attendance. The 2011 planning for this event has already begun and we are looking forward to reaching out to local businesses in the community. Contact Fernando Santillan at 559-476-2504 or for more information.

Fresno County Cities and New Frontier E-Tour

The EDC filmed Fresno County and its cities to showcase their industrial parks and the city's highlights. The videos were shown at the New Frontier Tour and have been linked to our newsletter targeting 2500 site selectors and brokers. The EDC has also linked this video to our website for additional exposure.

Attraction Project Updates

Curious about the status of sites your cities have submitted to the EDC? Click Here to read the latest on our current active projects!

Featured News


The cities of Clovis, Firebaugh and Fresno have recently submitted applications for the California Department of Conservation's Sustainable Communities Grant Program. (Read More)


On August 15, 2010, $550,077,000 in Recovery Zone Facility Bond Allocation flowed back to the state from those cities and counties that received direct allocation in 2009. (Read More)


The City of Reedley will receive $480,400 to install a compressed natural gas fueling station as the first phase of the Central Valley Transportation Center. (Read More)

In Other News...


The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is working to make its grant approval process more competitive, transparent, and efficient. (Read More)


Agrarianism is newly popular among urbanites, and with good reason. The trend may bear big benefits in small towns, too. (Read More)


Can you have economic development without job growth? (Read More)


Three times the total for all of 2009. (Read More)

Trade Shows

Solar Power International, October 12-14, 2010

Los Angeles, CA (Read More)

Fresh Summit - International Convention and Exposition, October 15-18, 2010

Anaheim, CA (Read More)

Natonal Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Convention, October 16-19, 2010

San Francisco, CA (Read More)

Attend the EDC's Annual Event

On Thursday October 28, the EDC will be hosting the 2010 Fresno County Economic Profile and Annual Report Luncheon. This year's theme is: "Thinking Outside the Tracks," highlighting the California High Speed Rail and the positive impact it will have on our economy. (Click Here for More Information)

Meet the Newest Additions to the EDC!

Wilson Quintero

Wilson Quintero is our new VISTA member at the EDC who will be serving in the Business Expansion and Retention Department. He comes to us from Philadelphia where he most recently acquired his Master’s in Business Administration at Eastern University at the onset of 2010. Originally from Miami, he received his Associates of Arts from Miami-Dade College during the summer of 2003 and shortly thereafter moved to Philadelphia to continue his studies where he graduated from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a concentration in Psychology. Wilson kicked off his professional career in the banking and financial services industry all the while continuing his education. Wilson is a highly motivated individual who is looking to better serve his community by aiding the economic development efforts taking place in Fresno County. We are very excited to have him here and look forward to a productive year!

Julie Trigleth

Julie Trigleth is our new VISTA member at the EDC who will be serving in the Corporate Locations Department. She is a native of the Central Valley, coming to us from Visalia. After graduating high school in 2005, Julie attended Chapman University in Orange County for 2 1/2 years, where she studied French. In the fall of 2008, she transferred to Fresno State in order to declare her major in Criminology with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Science.  She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Criminology in May of this year, and plans to pursue a graduate degree in the near future. While at the EDC, Julie's duties will include: assisting city officials in updating their cities’ economic and demographic profiles on the Countyscape website, contributing information to newsletters that will inform city managers and businesses of the opportunities available to them in Fresno County, and aiding the Corporate Locations staff in connecting businesses to resources to bring their companies to Fresno County. Julie is very excited about her upcoming year at the EDC!

Esther Cuevas

Director of Corporate Locations


Fernando Santillan

Corporate Locations Coordinator


Julie Trigleth

Economic Development Analyst