On March 17, 2021, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) posted a feature story on FMFCD’s South Fresno Economic Development Project on its website. It highlights the jobs-creating success of the ambitious, complicated, multi-agency infrastructure project, made possible by 60% ($2.51 million) grant funding from the EDA to fund public works improvements with the goal of creating and retaining jobs. The 40% local cost share was $1.67 million. The project was constructed by the District, in close coordination with the City of Fresno, County of Fresno, and the Fresno Irrigation District. We talked about the completion of this project in the last issue of Flood Line (see page 3).
Investment in creating jobs
The grant provided funding for storm drainage and roadway infrastructure in the industrial areas of south Fresno. It helped fund construction of critical infrastructure that has facilitated local business expansions, helping to retain jobs, and create 1,906 new jobs so far. The goal was 258 new jobs.
Cargill Meat Solutions, North Pointe Business Park, Scelzi Enterprises, and Premier Carrier were named in the grant as ‘beneficiaries’, and jobs creation numbers reported come from them. However, project benefit is not limited to these businesses, to date and into the future.
The District appreciates the investment the Economic Development Administration made in jobs-creating infrastructure in south Fresno. Without the solid working relationships with the County of Fresno, City of Fresno, Fresno Irrigation District, this project could not have happened. Importantly, without the support and participation of local businesses, the grant application would not have been chosen for funding.