FRESNO COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
he Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County (Fresno County EDC) is a nonprofit organization established to market Fresno County as the premier location for business prosperity. As “The Essential Connection” between businesses and much needed resources, it strives to facilitate site selection for new businesses, assist in the attraction of new businesses and industries, and assist in the retention and expansion of existing businesses in Fresno County.
The EDC’s value is its ability to market Fresno County as the premier location for business prosperity through concerted strategies with 15 cities. In addition, the EDC conducts the following programs of financial and technical assistance to achieve measurable results in the areas of economic and community development for the region: Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) Action Network: This program is
designed to enhance the stability and growth of Fresno County’s existing companies by connecting them with specific resources, information, and services offered through the BEAR Action Network. The primary objectives are to assist businesses with expansions that add new jobs, survive economic difficulties, and make them more competitive in the wider marketplace. Business Development and Attraction: The EDC provides businesses and site selectors with Fresno County real estate and incentive information. The EDC also provides accurate, up-to-date, and credible information to those interested in investing, locating, or expanding in Fresno County. AmeriCorps VISTA: The EDC administers the AmeriCorps VISTA program placing volunteers in one-year assignments throughout Fresno County. Fresno Energy Watch: The EDC markets energy-saving measures to businesses
and local governments; educates government officials about available training and energy efficiency programs; and coordinates marketing with existing City and County programs. Local High Speed Rail Business Support Program: The EDC, in partnership with the City and County of Fresno, provides advocacy assistance to all business owners impacted by the High Speed Rail Project. These services include: site relocation identification; document review; meeting coordination with City and County staff, PG&E, California permitting agencies, the California High Speed Rail Authority, and any other party necessary to ease the transition process; informational seminars; and, vetted referral lists, including, but not limited to, appraisers, accountants, attorneys, brokers, design/builders, and movers. For more information, visit the EDC at www.fresnoedc.com.