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(business & more) There are also plenty of reasons to do business in the county, the Hollister Municipal Airport being one of them. The airport is a city-owned public-use airport located three miles north of the central business district. What makes the airport unique in serving a community the size of Hollister is the length of the runway – at 6,350 feet long, the primary runway is qualified to handle a fully loaded Boeing 737. The airport also charges no landing fees and has a fixed base operator and premium car rental service on site to accommodate business and personal travelers. The airport has also been designated through the fence access (TTF), which means adjacent businesses have access to the airport’s runway and/or taxiway system. TTF operations occur from property that is immediately adjacent to the airport but which is owned by corporations, businesses, or private parties. That access is huge for developer Ken Lindsey and Airpark Business Center. His development allows companies land ownership with airport access, as well as building to suit for sale or lease. In essence, his tenants can build their office complex

or manufacturing plant and have their own personal hanger in the back. “Most cities this size don’t have an airport, and those that do have much smaller ones,” Lindsey said. “I’m a pilot and use an aircraft in my business. Most Silicon Valley companies do too. Companies that have key managers that need to travel to solve problems, provide innovation and so on can really benefit if they can get on a plane and land at their facility in 15-20 minutes.” Many companies in Silicon Valley are running out of room and Hollister has become a go to place for companies needing to expand. Airpark Business Center has several tenants in place and is located on 100 acres with 33 parcels. North Pointe Business Park, is across the street and the 20-acre master planned development is divided to hold as many as 70 companies. Citation Business Park is also nearby with room for larger companies, and Hollister Business Park has also proven to be a welcome addition to the region’s industrial base. “Building here benefits the community in so many different ways,” Lindsey added. “What is kind of nice

about the industrial area being out by the airport is the fact that it’s very compatible, and being on the north end of town means that trucking and commuters have easy access without impacting Hollister’s residential areas. Hollister is located between Highway 101 on the western boundary and Interstate 5 to the east, and is one of the fastest growing areas in California. Given Hollister’s proximity to Monterey, San Jose and Silicon Valley, the city is fast outgrowing its “bedroom community” persona and growing into a place to do business. As a result, City Manager Bill Avera and his staff work hard to continually bring in new industry and commercial growth to the area, and work with local businesses by attracting companies that would be complementary to the work they do. “We are actively marketing some of the properties we have available, and try to make sure that we get a list of expanding businesses to approach on a regular basis,” Avera said. “We reach out to the companies that will be a good fit and definitely try to make ourselves accessible to them.” There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to bringing new businesses to Hollister, instead, Avera and city officials try to accommodate each company. “We don’t have off the shelf incentives, instead we just try to help each company based on their unique situation.” “Economic development is a big deal for us, and I have people that can pursue that and jump on opportunities as they happen,” Avera added. “We also work very hard to have relationships with businesses already here and help them grow in place.” Ultimately, quality of life is king in San Benito County, and officials work hard to provide a great place to do business, while preserving the history, natural beauty, and old world charm that has tourists flocking to the county in droves. As Avera sums up, “Just living here is great. The community, the location and our climate. I truly can’t think of a better place to live and work in California.”

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