Mayor's Office

Economic Development

Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

Working in partnership with organizations across the community, the Mayor’s Office of 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.

Fun Fresno

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Fresno Business Resilience Toolkit

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The One Fresno Economic Development Strategy

Celebrating Fresno Success Stories

Happy Pride! 🏳️‍🌈 Economic Development is all about supporting diversity & inclusion. This was also special moment for Director Lupe Perez who was honored to have the opportunity to FINALLY meet the iconic Dolores Huerta! We were pleased to
see her at the event. #OneFresno

Governor Newsom this morning confirmed that the federal government has restored nearly $929 million in grant funding to California’s High-Speed Rail project. That project broke ground here in Fresno and no City has been more impacted. This is a huge positive step in connecting us Valley to ...Valley. #fresnomeansbusiness #valleytovalley

Jeffrey De Ponte recently moved his company Exhibit Supply from Oakland, CA to the City of Fresno, California! Why? Equal access to ports in Los Angeles and San Francisco, one-day shipping statewide, and employees that want to grow with the company are amongst the reasons he shared with us. ...#onefresno #fresnomeansbusiness #whyfresno

We Work For You

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

Dan Zack

Dan Zack
Assistant Director of Downtown Development

Dan Zack oversees Mayor Dyer’s ambitious Downtown Pride program, which seeks to make Downtown the heart of the city and increase its population from 3,000 to 10,000 people. He is currently working on 55 potential development projects, ranging from those under construction to those that are still in the idea stage.  He is also actively recruiting experienced urban development companies to Fresno, arranging development training for local property owners and entrepreneurs, providing support during the entitlement and permitting process, identifying financing and investors, and helping potential investors envision the possibilities on challenging sites.

Previously, Dan was the Planning and Development Department’s assistant director, where he managed Fresno’s long-range planning, current planning, historic preservation, and parking management programs.  He oversaw a complete re-write of the Development Code, a specific plan and form-based code to guide the revitalization of the Downtown area, a transit-oriented development strategy for new bus rapid transit corridors, and numerous infill development projects.

Before returning to Fresno he served as the Downtown Development Manager for the City of Redwood City in the Silicon Valley, where his efforts helped to transform a stagnant commercial district into a vibrant downtown neighborhood by adding a movie theater, a town square, reforming the zoning code, and attracting the development of 2,500 housing units. While in Redwood City he also participated in the restoration of the historic San Mateo County Courthouse, several streetscape projects, the creation of mixed-use zoning for transportation corridors, and the creation and implementation of a parking management plan.

Dan is a Fresno native, an alumnus of Fresno State, and a graduate of Leadership Fresno. In 2018 he authored a chapter in the book Parking and the City, edited by UCLA professor Donald Shoup, and he is the Vice-Chairman of the California Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. His work has received awards from the American Planning Association, Congress for the New Urbanism, and the California Public Parking Association.

Dan is married and has two children.  He enjoys travel, cycling, playing guitar, fixing up his historic house, collecting vintage classic rock vinyl, and photographing buildings

daniel.zack@fresno.gov
(559) 621-7057

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 tenure Economic Development Department 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 to travel, photography, spending time with family and friends, and watching her children play sports.

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

Yahaira Figueroa

Yahaira Figueroa
Economic Development Coordinator

Yahaira Figueroa works to create opportunities for City of Fresno businesses and help them to thrive and to create opportunities through business attraction and retention.

Yahaira started her City Hall career in 2012 as an intern in the Mayor/City Manager’s Office, where she performed communications duties.  She then was hired as a Council Assistant for former District 7 Council Member Clint Olivier in January 2013 and in 2016 she moved up to become the Chief of Staff until he was termed out of office.  In 2019 Yahaira became an Economic Development Coordinator.

As a public servant, Yahaira Figueroa has contributed to the effective, constituent-focused governance in the City.  She provided oversight on such District 7 projects as the Senior Center Project, Martin Ray Riley Park, the KaBOOM project at Granny’s Park, and various neighborhood cleanup projects.  She helped local businesses navigate municipal bureaucracy; and contributed to shaping public policy in several key areas of concern to the Council Member, his constituents, and the community at large.

Yahaira graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and Journalism/Public Relations.  Yahaira also volunteers with nonprofit organizations that seek to prevent human trafficking through advocacy, education, and fundraising, including the Central Valley Justice Coalition and one of its partner organizations, Beauty for Ashes.

Yahaira is engaged and enjoys meeting up with friends and talking about everything under the sun, working out, hiking, reading, vlogging, and watching theater shows.

Yahaira.figueroa@fresno.gov
(559) 621-8059

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

Clair Whitmer

Clair Whitmer
FUSE Corps Executive Fellow

Clair Whitmer is on a two-year fellowship in the City of Fresno’s Economic Development Department. Her projects at the City focus on developing frameworks for inclusive economic development, including development in Opportunity Zones and support for entrepreneurship.

Clair comes to Fresno from the Bay Area, where she built a proven 20-plus year record as a strategy and operations leader at startups, mission-driven brands, and non-profits.

Most recently, Clair spent five years at Maker Media, producer of Maker Faire, where she spearheaded the launch of professional development and learning platform for “makers” as the head of the consumer experience.  Prior to her immersion in the maker community, Clair worked in product management and media operations at Slashdot and Dice.com. While overseas, she freelanced as a “professional expat” and ran the 2010 voter outreach campaign for the non-profit Overseas Vote Foundation.

Clair started her career in technology journalism as a reporter and editor, including one of the earliest employees and first news editor of CNET News.com.

Clair has dual nationality in France and the United States. She graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University with a BA in political science. She lives part-time in Fresno and part-time in Vallejo, CA with her husband and dog Hobo Jack. She enjoys walking her dog, kayaking, and watching movies that have monsters.

clair.whitmer@fresno.gov
(559) 621-8355

Kathy Wilson

Kathy Wilson
Executive Assistant

Kathy Wilson has worked for the City of Fresno for 19 years, 12 of them working as Council Assistant and then Scheduler for Mayor Lee Brand.

Kathy.wilson@fresno.gov
(559) 621-7772

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 into Fresno’s economic growth.

brynna.muzio@fresno.gov

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