Economic Development

Working in partnership with organizations across the community, Economic Development implements the Mayor’s vision for making Fresno a more prosperous and inclusive city.

Our team works for you:

  • First-Stop for Startups
  • Site Selection
  • Incentive & Program Consultations
  • Small Business Loans and Other Financing Referrals
  • Troubleshooting across all city departments and services including business tax, permitting, parking & code enforcement

One Fresno: Shared Potential, Shared Success

Fresno has many times proven its resiliency and ability to adapt. In 2019, we hit a 30-year low in unemployment. Despite the challenges of 2020, the city is starting 2021 with a balanced budget and employment is on its way to recovery.

Local, State & Federal Incentives

Available programs to help your business or development project get off the ground.

Small Business Financing

Loans and grants for every stage of your business, accessible to all.

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Fresno Business Resilience Toolkit

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Lupe Perez

Lupe Perez
Economic Development Director

Lupe Perez oversees the strategy and day-to-day operations of the City’s Economic Development Division, and is responsible for advancing the Mayor Dyer’s One Fresno vision.

Lupe brings a wealth of economic and redevelopment experience.  She previously served as the City’s Downtown Revitalization Manager and prior to coming to City Hall worked 16 years in various capacities for the former City of Fresno Redevelopment Agency.  During Lupe’s time with the Redevelopment Agency, she was involved in downtown revitalization efforts, including business attraction and retention, facilitating development, land acquisition, relocation, and property disposition.  She also successfully cultivated relationships within the community to promote and expand economic development opportunities. Prior to working in local government, Lupe was in banking for 17 years.

Lupe graduated from Fresno City College and then received an Urban and Regional Planning Certificate from California State University, Fresno.  She also held California Real Estate and Series E licenses.

A native of Tepatitlan Jalisco, Mexico, Lupe at age three migrated with her widowed mother and three siblings to Fresno County.  Lupe has a disabled daughter and was active in disability boards and councils.  She enjoys interior design, event planning and can spend hours watching HGTV.  A former travel league softball player, she now enjoys golf and is an avid Los Angeles Dodgers baseball and Dallas Cowboys football fan.  A life goal is to visit every baseball and football stadium in the United States.

lupe.perez@fresno.gov
(559) 621-8371

Kelly Trevino

Kelly Trevino
Economic Development Analyst

Kelly Trevino’s primary focus is growing and sustaining the City of Fresno’s industrial areas.  She assists both current and potential Fresno businesses as they navigate through various City processes and facilitates their use of available City, State, and Federal incentives and tax credits.

She joined the City in 2001, serving as the City Council’s Executive Analyst.  In that role, she served on a variety of committees dealing with the City budget, Measure C, and other special initiatives, as well as serving as a liaison between Councilmembers, staff, and community members.

During her Economic Development tenure, Kelly has been responsible for the oversight and staffing of various programs including the Round III Federal Empowerment Zone designation, the Municipal Restoration Zone Program, the State Enterprise Zone Program, the City’s iDIFER Program, management of various grants, and grant applications and the City’s two Revolving Loan Fund programs.

Kelly has lived in Fresno nearly all her life.  She is a graduate of Bullard High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science/Community Health Education from California State University, Fresno.  She and her husband Jim, an attorney, have two children.  She loves travel, photography, spending time with family and friends, and watching her children play sports.

kelly.trevino@fresno.gov
(559) 621-8426

Laura Rios

Laura Rios
Economic Development Coordinator

Laura Rios’ charge is to create opportunities for City of Fresno businesses and help them to thrive and to create opportunities through business attraction and retention.

Laura has had a varied career in government-related jobs before coming to the City in 2013.  She worked as a District Representative for former Assembly Member Sarah Reyes, and as a Fiscal and Procurement Contracting Officer for Lieutenant Governors John Garamendi and Cruz Bustamante.  Laura also served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Firebaugh, where she had general supervision responsibility of all City employees and performed all City duties in the City Manager’s absence, and was a Corporate Development Representative at St. Agnes Medical Center, where she did outreach to government agencies and elected officials at the local, state and federal levels.  Laura began her City career in 2013, serving eight years as Chief of Staff to former-Councilmember Paul Caprioglio.

Laura received an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from the College of the Sequoias, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno, and her Masters of Public Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

She has a daughter and enjoys reading and exchanging books with her daughter.

laura.rios@fresno.gov
(559) 621-7061

Lisa Henslee

Lisa Henslee
Executive Assistant

Lisa Henslee is a 16-year employee of the City of Fresno.

Prior to working in the government sector, Lisa enjoyed a wide-ranging list of professions in business, sales & marketing, worker’s compensation, contract compliance, hospitality, and volunteerism throughout the valley.  For a short time, she even owned a small catering business.  All of these past experiences lend to her career with the City of Fresno.

As a temporary Staff Assistant in Economic Development, she spearheaded the Steps-to-Success job fair, unifying city, county and state government agencies with private sectors in getting jobs to the community.  Soon after she accepted a position as former Mayor Autry’s Staff Liaison to the Human Relations Commission (HRC), matching civic issues with related City departments, organizing annual cultural events celebrating the diversity of the valley, and managing the grant-writing process of HRC sponsored grants.  After HRC was removed from the City’s budget, she served as Staff Assistant and Senior Secretary to Information Services, Fresno Fire/Suppression, Risk Management, Public Works/Street Maintenance, and the Airports Department.  As an employee of the Airports Department, she worked in Properties, Finance, and Marketing.

Lisa is the mother of five beautiful children.  She loves to read, cook, and travel. She enjoys any reason to spend time with family and friends, thrifts at every town she stops in and is always thinking of ways to combine her love of learning new things to help others.

Lisa.Henslee@fresno.gov
(559) 621-8355

Byrnna Muzio

Byrnna Muzio
Intern, Fresno State Undergraduate

Brynna currently studies Agricultural Business at CSU Fresno and is excited to apply her passion and work ethic to Fresno’s economic growth.

brynna.muzio@fresno.gov
(559) 621-7772

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