Economic Development Incentives
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Fresno, CA 93721
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Economic Development Incentives

If your business is growing, expanding, or locating in the City of Fresno, you will want to look at the resources we have available to help. The City offers several incentives to assist qualifying businesses.

  • Industrial Impact Fee Reduction/Elimination Program - job creating industrial projects may be eligible for a reduction or elimination of police, fire, and traffic impact fees.  If you feel your project applies, please fill out an application form.

  • PG&E Enhanced Economic Development Rate (E-EDR) - For qualifying businesses expanding or locating in Fresno or Fresno County, Pacific Gas & Electric offers a reduction of industrial electrical rates of up to 30% for up to five years.

  • Foreign Trade Zone - businesses that import or export a significant amount of materials or product in a Foreign Trade Zone are able to delay, reduce, or eliminate customs duties on imported goods. Merchandise stored, manufactured, or assembled within the zone area is considered to be international commerce.

  • State Enterprise Zone Program - This program offers numerous tax incentives for businesses located within the zone boundaries who hired new employees or purchased equipment before December 31, 2013. Visit the program website for additional information. Please note the Enterprise Zone was officially abolished by the State of California as of December 31, 2013.

  • Governor's Economic Development Initiative (GEDI) Program - This three part program includes the following:
    • New Employment Credit - which provides a tax credit for up to five years to businesses who hire qualified employees for the wages paid between 150% - 350% of minimum wage. (note:  because the former City of Fresno Enterprise Zone was designated as one of three "Pilot Program Areas" in the State, the qualifying wage threshold in that area is $10/hour, resulting in a larger tax credit for qualified businesses).  See map here .
    • Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Manufacturing, Biotech and R&D - which provides a sales tax exemption to qualified businesses who purchase qualified equipment.
    • California Competes Tax Credit - which provides a flexible income tax credit on a competitive basis to qualified businesses.  This credit is negotiated between the Governor's Office of  Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and businesses who are looking to move to, or stay and grow, in California.

  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) - This program, administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is designed to stimulate economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities by providing Federal contracting preferences to small businesses. The HUBZone applies to qualified small businesses, located within the zone’s boundaries, with at least 35% of their employees residing in a HUBZone. The City of Fresno’s HUBZone is defined by qualified census tracts.

Contact Information

Economic Development Department
2600 Fresno Street
Fresno, Ca. 93721-3620
Phone: (559) 621-8350