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Economic Development and Administration

Business Center Manager:  
Laurie Smith

Main Number:  
(209) 571-5566


Economic Development Activities:

  • Business & Economic Development
    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.
    Visit the Economic Development Website
  • 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.
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  • Marketing
    Through selective marketing mediums, the Division promotes Modesto as a prime location for any business looking to relocate or expand.
  • Redevelopment
    Redevelopment assists our community by reversing deteriorating economic trends and remedy blight by investing in development projects that would otherwise be economically unfeasible.
    Visit the Redevelopment Agency Website


Administration Activities:

  • Administers department budget
  • Sets department policy
  • Assists with Redevelopment Agency
  • Oversees department personnel activities
  • Manages department systems development
  • Provides staff to the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) & Commissions to produce new projects in the RDA Project Area
  • Implements the RDA Master Plan to facilitate new development
  • Works with existing businesses to  ensure retention & encourage expansion
  • Recruits new business to Modesto & Sphere in partnership with Alliance
  • Management of the Modesto Centre Plaza
  • Management of the Golf courses, funds, and contracts