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Economic Development

Visalia is home to over 129,000 residents and a trade area of more than 628,000 consumers within a 30-minute drive. It serves as the County Seat for Tulare County and is home to the area’s largest hospital: Kaweah Delta Medical Center.  Tulare County is the top dairy and milk producing county in the nation and the second most productive agricultural county in the world. Visalia has a world class industrial park that houses companies such as JoAnn Stores, VF Corporation, Josten’s, VWR and California Dairies, just to name a few. According to a study done annually by the Milken Institute, recently Visalia jumped 69 spots on a national ranking of high-performing cities. The improvement ranked eighth overall and second among all California markets. The study measures which US metropolitan areas are promoting economic vitality based on job creation and retention and quality of new jobs.

As the regional hub of the Tulare/Kings county region, Visalia enjoys an increasingly diversified economy. Agriculture and related food processing and distribution remain the heart of our industry, while light manufacturing and industrial/commercial distribution represent the fastest growing portion of our employer base.
Visalia offers an abundance of community and leisure activities for families, professionals, and singles alike. Serving as the gateway to the Sequoia National Park-home of the giant Sequoia Redwood trees- there is plenty of year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoyment in the national parks, forests, foothills, lakes, and rivers.  Visalia also has a fine selection of eateries, entertainment, and local talent that can be experienced many nights of the week. With the charm of its Downtown, its strong and diverse employment base, and its equally strong and diverse retail landscape there is no question as to why this historic city is nicknamed the “Jewel of the Valley.”

Why Visalia? 

Shipping made easy -- Thanks to our location in the heart of California, and direct access to Highway 99, California’s major trucking corridor, Visalia is an ideal location for distribution, warehousing and light manufacturing in California. Unlike any other site in the state, Visalia’s location makes it possible to efficiently reach 99% of California – plus portions of Arizona, Oregon, and Nevada – overnight, reaching a population of more than 35,000,000 within just a 300-mile radius.

            • By truck: Visalia is home to trucking and shipping companies that provide local and long-haul services, including UPS, Golden State Overnight, OnTrac and Mountain Valley Express. FedEx provides pick-up and delivery services at the Visalia Airport. Visalia also offers local firms such as Central California Cartage Company, in the Visalia Industrial Park.

            • By rail: San Joaquin Valley Railroad provides rail service and connects with both the Union Pacific Railroad and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad for interstate shipments. Many industrial park sites have direct rail service.

            • By air: Visalia is served by three airports and nine airlines within 75 miles of downtown. The Visalia Municipal Airport, at the southeast corner of the Highway 99 and Highway 198 intersection, offers commercial and charter services for freight and passengers. The Visalia Municipal Airport is the only Certified FAA airport between Fresno and Bakersfield. It has a 6,590’ x 150’ asphalt runway with a precision approach ILS. The airport recently completed improvements to the runway. The Visalia Municipal Airport offers sites for aviation-based businesses.


Quality of Life -- Visalia is a wonderful community full of activities for kids of all ages. As a cultural hub in the region we offer plenty of fine dining, arts and leisure, and entertainment options but also provide a location that grants quick access to countless other activities available in the area.

Great Schools -- Visalia Unified School District has an outstanding workforce comprised of over 2,500 certified and classified staff.  They make our district the jewel of the Central Valley. Their district motto is "EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS." There is also a strong regional commitment to generating a high quality workforce for local employers with such programs as the Visalia Technical Education Center and the College of the Sequoias' Business, Industry and Community Services (BICS) Division.  

Vibrant Downtown -- Our downtown is second to none in the San Joaquin Valley. Come enjoy great food, great shows, local shops, and wonderful people!

World class industrial park -- Our Visalia Industrial Park (VIP) has ample infrastructure (rail, utilities, roads), an inventory of available sites, and boasts a location that gives a competitive edge to all tenants.

Excellent Customer Service -- The City of Visalia understands that your success leads to our success and so we will do what we can to assist you and your team achieve optimum results! Our Community Development Department is a team of hard-working professionals that consists of the following services: Business Tax; Site Plan Review; Planning; Environmental Review; Building SafetyGeographic Information Systems (GIS)Engineering (Design, Development and Traffic Safety), Code Enforcement and Affordable Housing. Also, if you're a current business in Visalia please consider participating in a Business Visitation to tell us more about any issues you are experiencing or plans for expansion you may have.  

Regional Retail Leader -- The City of Visalia services a large regional market of nearly 630,000 and as such, offers a diverse range of retail options. From our wonderfully unique local vendors in and around the Downtown area to our regional anchor stores found around town, Visalia is your one stop shopping location in between Bakersfield and Fresno.

Unique Local Incentives -- The City is committed to earning and keeping your business. Such incentives include having no local utility tax, expedited service, and a development fee deferral program.  

For any questions or assistance please contact Devon at:

Devon Jones
Economic Development Manager
425 E Oak Street, Suite 301
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: 559-713-4190

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