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The California economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites and contacts for many economic development organizations in California and related content such as Area Profiles and Area Surveys as executive summaries about business locations. Contact us for project assistance, or to update our directory listing for an area.  We provide personal introductory referrals to our contacts and other assistance according to the investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.
Please contact us if you may be interested in expanding your business into California.  We are independent advisors - not a government agency or investment promotion agency.

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Organization - see maps for CA and NV

Scope Contacts Website and other resources
California Commerce & Economic Development Program State
California Business Investment Services - CalBIS State
California Commission for Jobs & Economic Growth State - private 
California Center for Regional Leadership - CCRL State, Regions
California Association for Local Economic Development State
Northern California    Contacts  
City of Clovis City 93612
Madera County EDC County 93637
Monterey County County 93902

Central Coast Marketing Partnership - Salinas Region 93912
AMBAG - Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments Region 93933
UC MBEST Center - Office of Government Research Affairs and Regional Economic Development - Marina CA Research park 93933

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City of Monterey Economic Development City 93940
San Francisco Center for Economic Development City 94104
City of San Mateo City 94403
Napa Valley Economic Development Corp. County 94559
Vallejo Chamber of Commerce Economic Development City 94590
Port of Oakland CA - FTZ No. 56 Port 94603
Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) - Oakland Region 94607
Emeryville Economic Development & Housing Dept. City 94608
Economic Development Alliance for Business (The East Bay - Oakland) Region 94612
City of Berkeley City 94703
Gilroy Economic Development Corporation City 95020
The San Jose Redevelopment Agency City 95113
San Jose Office of Economic Development City 95113
San Joaquin Partnership County 95219
City of Merced City 95340
City of Eureka City 95501
Sierra Economic Development District, Auburn Region 95603
Stanislaus County (Modesto) County 95354
City of Elk Grove City 95758
City of Sacramento City
Port of Sacramento - West Sacramento FTZ No. 143 Port 95798
Sacramento Area Commerce & Trade Organization Region 95814
Sacramento Municipal Utility District regional utility
Oroville Economic Development Corporation - Butte County county 95965    
Yuba County Airport and Economic Development County 95993
Economic Dev. Corp of Shasta County, Redding County 96002
Upstate California Economic Development Council, Red Bluff Region 96080
Southern and Central California   maps for CA and NV Contacts  
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation County 90071
City of Santa Monica City 90405
Long Beach Area Chamber Metro 90831
City of Rancho Cucamonga City 91730
City of Industry City 91744
City of Ontario City 91764

City of Poway City 92064
San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp Region 92101
Coachella Valley Enterprise Zone EZ 92236
Valley of Imperial Development Alliance, El Centro Local 92243
Imperial Valley EDC County
Coachella Valley Economic Partnership Local 92260
City of Twentynine Palms City 92277
City of Fontana City 92335
City of Hesperia City 92345
City of Victorville City 92392

Inland Empire North, Regional Economic Development Authority, Victorville Region 92393
County of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency County 92401 909-387-4700

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Region 92408
City of Riverside Development Department City 92502
March Joint Powers Authority - FTZ No. 244 Riverside County - March Air Force Base was part of the 1993 base realignment process (BRAC) County 92552
City of Temecula City 92589
Southwest Riverside County Economic Alliance - Temecula County 92590
Irvine Chamber of Commerce - Destination Irvine City 92614
Orange County Business Council County 92614

Anaheim Advantage City 92805
Port Hueneme - Oxnard Harbor - FTZ No. 205 Port 93044
Kings County EDC, Hanford County 93230
Tejon Industrial Complex, Tejon Ranch, Lebec CA - in Los Angeles and Kern County Development 93243
City of Lemoore City 93245
The EDC of Tulare County County 93274

Kern Economic Development Corp, Bakersfield County 93302
Economic Vitality Corp of San Luis Obispo County County
City of Palmdale City 93550
Fresno County Economic Development Corp. County 93721
California Central Valley EDC, Stockton Region 93721
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The directory above links to the websites of many California economic development organizations (EDO) and provides contacts and Area Profiles, Surveys, or other available content about CA as a "long list" extension of our contacts directory for the CA and larger US West Coast region, following the same structure as our global contact directories.

These area representatives would typically include

  •  a state department of commerce or industry or a provincial government office
  •  greater metro city or county area chamber of commerce
  •  county economic development agency
  •  industrial development corporation or council - IDC
  •  alliance for business development, community development
  •  investment promotion agency - IPA
  •  industry cluster development initiatives, business incubators, technology parks
  •  regional or global professional B2B networking organizations, business partnering, joint venture development, or strategic business alliance services
  •  trade and investment promotion offices
Despite the wide variety of names for such economic development organizations, and variances in the scope of their services, the ones we list are generally actively involved in efforts to attract, expand, and retain business investment projects in their areas (offices, factories, etc.), including the attraction of foreign direct investment projects (FDI).  This typically includes support services, financial incentives, and information for corporate site selection decisions as well as local business retention and expansion services. 

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Contact information for relationship leaders at Global Direct Investment Solutions :

We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

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