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Visalia Economic Development Corporation - The Visalia Economic Development Corporation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 1996 to nurture and develop the Visalia economy to help businesses thrive and create jobs. VEDC’s primary purpose is to make Visalia’s business climate conducive to good growth. To achieve this, VEDC works with private businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Visalia, and the Tulare County EDC to present our city and its opportunities in a positive light and to keep open the doors of communication between public entities and private enterprise.

Tulare County Economic Development Corporation - The Economic Development Corporation is the only Accredited Economic Development Corporation® in Central California and only the 3rd in California. The EDC has maintained the accreditation+ since 2001.  The International Economic Development Council’s Accredited Economic Development Organization® (AEDO) Program is a means of recognizing the professional excellence of economic development entities throughout North America. Since 1983, the EDC has served as the marketing and business recruitment organization for the communities of Tulare County, locating more than 100 companies and creating over 13,000 new jobs.

Tulare County Workforce Investment Board - Our Workforce Investment Board (WIB) makes critical investments in workforce training and education so that businesses can compete and prosper, and our community can thrive. Our funding and resources for workforce initiatives support local businesses in finding and retaining a highly skilled workforce. The WIB’s strategies solve economic challenges by developing workforce innovations that ensure that all Tulare County businesses continually contribute to generating wealth and economic success in our community.

Proteus - Proteus is the premier provider of training, education, and community services within the agriculturally rich Central San Joaquin Valley.  Since its inception in 1967, Proteus has been in a continuous state of evolution, adding and expanding services as the changing needs of the workforce emerge. Initially, an adult training center serving low-income residents through educational services, Proteus has emerged as a nationally recognized full-service agency providing a wide range of services to a diverse customer base. Program offerings include adult, youth, and dislocated worker programs and career and technical education classes.

Fresno State Small Business Development Center -The Fresno State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides one-on-one business consulting, workshops, research, and online learning services. The Fresno State SBDC is part of the UC Merced SBDC regional network.

Visalia Chamber of Commerce - The Visalia Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Tulare County.  Its members include small businesses, corporations, associations, and individual professionals.   Since 1899, the Chamber has worked diligently with local government, education, private industry and a host of other agencies and organizations to improve the business environment and promote Visalia as a premier community in which to live, work, and do business.

Downtown Visalia Alliance - Property and business owners work together and determine the level of services and improvements needed for the area. Coordinated programs are established such as economic development, marketing and public area enhancements (parking management, maintenance, graffiti removal and security).  Members of a representative board of directors work with the city and the county in establishing partnerships as they carry out the goals. But probably the biggest strength an association has is in serving as a unifying voice for the downtown. By empowering property and business owners, needs are met in a more efficient manner and this gives the business district a stronger identity and greater competitiveness.

Visalia Convention and Visitor's Bureau - Over the past decade, many have discovered the charm and accessibility of our community, making it a home, a tourist destination and central California convention and meeting hotspot. The Visalia Convention and Visitors Bureau continues to promote our region as a premiere destination for meetings and vacations, together with partner businesses and organizations. Visalia's hospitality, recreational, cultural and artistic, and political communities have come together in an effort to continue promotion of our city as an ideal Central California meeting location and must-see tourist destination.

Devon Jones
Economic Development Manager
425 E Oak Street, Suite 301
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: 559-713-4190
E-Mail: devon.jones@ci.visalia.ca.us

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