Economic Development

Whether you love the farm to table lifestyle, classic car culture, the arts and music scene, the proximity to some of the most beautiful places in the world or the welcoming people, Modesto has it all.

Modesto is not only surrounded by one of the largest agricultural production areas in the world, it is home to many high value high growth companies. Located in the Central Valley of California, this City of approximately 210,000 residents is a great place to do business because of its location within 90 minutes of San Francisco and Silicon Valley; access to rail, highways, and air; its mild Mediterranean climate; its low cost of doing business and affordable real estate. The City of diverse citizens has a strong sense of community and giving to others. In fact, in 2019 over 7,000 volunteers turned out for the semi-annual Love Modesto Day to work on projects throughout the community.  

Business Development Program

The primary focus of the Business Development Program is creating new jobs. This program works to attract out-of-area businesses to Modesto. In addition, the Program encourages expansion of local businesses in Modesto.

Business Retention

By addressing local business concerns and needs, the Division keeps local businesses in Modesto and encourages business expansion.

Business Park Development

Business Parks are an essential component of Economic Development. The Division is currently assisting with the development of several new Business Parks in Modesto.


Through selective marketing mediums, the Division promotes Modesto as a prime location for any business looking to relocate or expand.