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The City of Fresno Empowerment Zone has been extended through 12/31/2016!

In January 2002, Fresno received a Round III Empowerment Zone designation designed to stimulate economic development. Businesses in the Fresno Empowerment Zone are eligible for significant Federal tax incentives designed to encourage investment and expansion. Residents in the Empowerment Zone can benefit from job development and training programs, improving employability. This program has been extended through December, 2016.

To find out if your business is located in the Empowerment Zone, or one of our other incentive zones, visit our Incentive Zone Address Locator .

For questions regarding the Empowerment Zone, contact Kelly Vaughan Trevino or call (559) 621-8426.


Empowerment Zone PageBusinesses can realize substantial tax savings by locating and/or expanding in this zone, and by employing area residents. The investment of Federal tax dollars translates into new funds entering our community that will grow and expand our economic base.

The program began in January 2002 and was orignally scheduled to expire in December 2009.  However, in December 2010, President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 which extended the Empowerment Zone Program through the end of 2011. Then, in early 2013, with the passage of H.R. 8:  The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012,  Congress extended the Empowerment Zone Program for 2012 and 2013.  Most recently, in December, 2015, President Obama signed another tax extender bill into law which extended the program through the end of 2016.

The Federal Department of Housing and Human Services (HUD) awarded the Empowerment Zone designation.


Empowerment Zone Benefits
Frequently Asked Questions

Documents and Forms (PDF format)

Summary of Benefits
Empowerment Zone Map

Publication 954
Resident Brochure

Contact Information

Economic Development Department

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