Whether it is the eager startup, an established company, a fast growing business, a company exploring new markets or a global player looking to establish a foothold in the U.S., Irvine is master-planned to help you succeed.
For the 11th consecutive year, Irvine is the Safest City in America. We are home to Fortune 500 companies and a vibrant hub for 21st century industry sectors like life sciences, advanced manufacturing, information technology and digital arts and media. The internationally renowned University of California, Irvine, 15 other colleges and technical/trade schools and an acclaimed R & D reputation, Irvine’s high educational attainment produces work-ready talent which fuels our global competitiveness and innovation.
Buoyed by being the #1 destination in Orange County for FDI, Irvine is the 3rd most popular destination for FDI in life sciences and 5th most popular for Information Technology. Centrally located within Orange County, Irvine is home to over 15,000 businesses. We are strategically located by freeway, rail and air access to Los Angeles, San Diego Counties and the Inland Empire, served by John Wayne Airport, and close to LAX and the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Irvine’s address has become a magnet for success:
All this and more conspire to make Irvine a magnet for success and an address worth claiming.
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Delivering Fast Track Permits in Southern California
“Fast Track Permitting” is a popular buzzword often used by municipalities to label an entitlement or permit review process that is either streamlined, or expedited, as an incentive to attract certain developments within their jurisdictions. While the term is well used in California, meeting fast track timelines are often a challenge for local jurisdictions. One public agency, however, is setting itself apart by mastering the issuance of fast track approvals in record time for Southern California businesses — March Joint Powers Authority (MJPA).
March Joint Powers Authority
MJPA is a Base Reuse Authority that is responsible for the planning and revitalization of more than 2,500-acres of former military properties around the March Air Reserve Base. Its unique land use and legislative authorities allow it to form partnerships with private developers that ensure successful projects within its Planning Area. Moreover, MJPA properties are master-planned with extensive environmental (CEQA) coverage to facilitate and streamline the fast-track permitting of undeveloped and shovel ready properties. MJPA’s One-Stop Shop takes care of all of its customers’ entitlement and permitting needs, and does not require additional federal, county or nearby city entitlements or permits, making it the most efficient economic development agency in Southern California.
Panattoni is one of many success stories in MJPA’s master-planned Meridian Business Park. Panattoni is an international real estate company, founded in 1886, that has developed industrial, office and retail projects in more than 300 markets and has completed over 250 million square feet of development throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In Fall of 2014, Panattoni Development Company, Inc. purchased a 24.6-acre property in Meridian and was prepared for an extensive entitlement and construction review process with MJPA. However, their work with the agency resulted in a ninety-day entitlement process, and a fully constructed award-winning 486,000 square foot building within one year of entitlement. This Fall, Panattoni’s building will house UPS, adding 200 permanent jobs to the region.
Meridian Business Park (Meridian)
Located on 1,290 acres of highly accessible and visible properties, Meridian Business Park is a state-of-the
art, master-planned commerce and job center in the heart of booming western Riverside County region. Divided into two development areas for efficiency, Meridian Business Park: North Campus offers move-in ready and shovel ready parcels for a variety of advanced technology, office, industrial, commercial and manufacturing types of uses, while the Meridian Business Park: South Campus is currently under construction to serve a growing demand for logistics and advanced manufacturing in late 2017. To learn more about opportunities in the Meridian Business Park North Campus visit www.meridiansocal.com, and for South Campus visit www.meridianinlandempire.com.
March LifeCare Development (LifeCare)
Our 236-acre LifeCare Campus is designed as a full-service master-planned healthcare campus that will accommodate a variety of health-care related uses to include hospitals, medical office buildings, skilled nursing facilities, research institutions and veteran services. The first phase of development, and backbone infrastructure, is currently under construction.
March Inland Port Airport (KRIV)
With access to one of the longest runways west of the Mississippi, the March Inland Port Airport offers air cargo, executive facilities and premier services for guests and businesses. KRIV is the future home of Veterans Industrial Park (VIP), a campus with direct access to transportation infrastructure for future industrial, aviation and advanced manufacturing users. VIP will be the newest master-planned campus at March in 2017-2018, covering approximately 200 acres near March Air Reserve Base.
Foreign Trade Zone 244 (FTZ 244)
In addition to its unique land use authority, MJPA is also the grantee for Foreign Trade Zone 244 where companies “Save Locally and Expand Globally!” In 2015, companies shipped approximately $2.4 billion worth of merchandise out of the zone, saving designated businesses in western Riverside County millions in goods movement costs.
For information on how MJPA can help meet your business needs, please visit us at www.marchjpa.com.
The City of Stockton is committed to business growth and success! Located in the heart of the Central Valley, Stockton is strategically positioned for quick and cost effective distribution and logistics of manufactured products to major West Coast, Pacific Rim and global markets. With major transportation modes in place such as the Port of Stockton’s inland seaport, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific rail facilities, an expanding airport offering both cargo and passenger service, and an intermodal highway system, locating to Stockton creates a variety of strategic advantages. With a population of over 310,000, Stockton is the 13th largest city in California.
Downtown Stockton provides an urban lifestyle and innovators are setting sights on the City as an opportune place to locate. Projects in the downtown area along the waterfront include mixed-use housing projects, and recreational amenities such as an indoor sports arena, baseball stadium, waterfront hotel, a 16-screen theater, and the National Landmark, Bob Hope (Fox) California Theatre.
Stockton has approximately 3,300 acres of industrially zoned land, of which close to 2,100 acres is available for development. The City has 14 fully improved industrial and business parks, nine of which contain rail access. With the availability and affordability of land in Stockton, businesses, developers, and site selectors can quickly identify available commercial properties via “Advantage Stockton” (www.advantage
Companies often find Stockton a premier place to relocate their operations. Most recently, Le Tote, an e-commerce women’s clothing company, relocated from the Bay Area, with over $6 million in sales each year, they are a great addition to the community. Another business relocating their headquarters to Stockton is Turkhan Foods, currently in process of renovating a 126,000 square foot building to be used for the processing and packaging of almonds and walnuts. Turkhan Foods is expected to employ 400 peak-season workers.
Stockton is also robust in light manufacturing companies in the area. With a variety of operations ranging from aerospace technology, construction materials, medical devices, food processing and consumer goods, and electric vehicles. Applied Aerospace Structures has been thriving in Stockton for 50 years. They employ 330 engineers, designers, machinists, and technicians that design and fabricate critical, lightweight, high-performance, engineered structural assemblies for the aerospace industry.
The City of Stockton is committed to creating employment opportunities by attracting new business to Stockton and maintaining a healthy business environment for existing companies. The professional City staff are available to assist your project in any stage of its development process.
For more information about the City of Stockton, Economic Development Department, visit www.stocktonca.gov/econdev or call 209-937-8539.
As one of the fastest growing communities in Los Angeles County, the Santa Clarita Valley is attracting more residents and more businesses. The ensuing job growth has been spurred by a business friendly environment, abundant inventory of available space, and a community with a highly-educated workforce.
Business Are Flocking to Santa Clarita
Shedding its image as a quiet bedroom community, the Santa Clarita Valley has become a premier business address for a diverse mix of companies, especially those in Aerospace & Defense, Bioscience & Medical Devices, Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Digital Media & Entertainment.
In recent years, the Santa Clarita Valley has accelerated its pace of business attraction, contrasting sharply against statewide trends. For example, from 2014 to 2015, the population of the Santa Clarita Valley increased by an estimated 1.7 percent – significantly faster than the statewide average of 0.9 percent. In addition, it has seen growth in manufacturing jobs while most parts of the state have seen declines.
The pro-business perception, grounded in concrete policies and practices, is a key factor. Santa Clarita was named “The Most Business Friendly City” in Los Angeles County by LAEDC in 2008 and one of the “Most Business Friendly Cities” in 2006, 2007, 2014 and 2015.
Believing what is good for business is good for the community, the City of Santa Clarita is determined to lower business burdens for existing and relocating companies by imposing zero tax on business licenses, gross receipts, payroll, and utility user fees.
In many ways, the Santa Clarita Valley represents the ideal “Live, Work, Play” community favored by modern companies who put a premium on work-life balance. Its residents, living in a master-planned community blessed with natural wonders, enjoy one of the highest educational levels in the state – about 70 percent have received college-level education. Not surprisingly, they rank high in family income level as well, with median household income above $90,000 in 2015.
Ample Space for Business Expansion
The industrial space of nearly 30 million square feet in Santa Clarita is being increased through the construction and expansion of three business parks: IAC Commerce Center, Gateway V and the Mann Biomedical Park.
The land development at IAC Commerce Center is near completion. With nine industrial buildings, the leasing options range from 60,000 square feet to 250,000 square feet, with a total of 1.3 million square feet for the first phase.
In May 2016, Gateway V of the Commerce Center development project officially broke ground on a 13-acre site. This development is part of the largest master-planned industrial project in Los Angeles County. Three state-of-the-art industrial buildings will be constructed and offered for lease or sale. Building sizes will be 105,047 square feet, 88,752 square feet and 60,923 square feet. The buildings are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.
Mann Biomedical Park
The Mann Biomedical Park, after being bought by the Santa Clarita-based Intertex, is expanding its space 150% by adding nearly 900,000 square feet to the prestigious business park. Originally the site of the Lockheed Martin aerospace firm, the park was purchased in 2002 by biotech pioneer Alfred Mann to house medical device companies he created to manufacture products based on his own inventions. The nearly 120-acre biomedical business center is surrounded by a park-like setting and is ideally suited for biomedical and tech companies looking for space for expansion.
With Mann Biomedical Park as the anchor, the growth in the bioscience and medical devices industry cluster has been accelerating. Today, SCV is home to world-class bioscience and medical device companies such as Boston Scientific, Advanced Bionics, Bioness and Quest Diagnostics. From neuromodulation to implantable neurostimulation devices, and from mobility-enhancing devices to comprehensive testing services, SCV-based companies are at the forefront of using the latest innovation to improve people’s quality of life.
Looking ahead, we see an even brighter future for the Santa Clarita Valley as the Mann Biomedical Park becomes an integral part of the overall Los Angeles County Bioscience cluster. By embedding its advantages in space availability, geographic location and talent pool in the overall bioscience cluster value chain of Los Angeles County, the best is yet to come for Santa Clarita.
The City of Ontario, located in Southern California, is building a “Complete Community” with urban lifestyle districts that create sustainable places to live, work and play. Just 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the City of Ontario is ideally situated as Southern California’s gateway. With three major interstates, two railroads and the Ontario International Airport, Ontario offers direct access from Los Angeles to the rest of California, and to North America. Ontario has a vast business infrastructure in place, but City Officials and community leaders continually work to improve the City’s pro-business environment.
Ontario boasts all the amenities of Los Angeles without the expense, hassle and traffic — which is why Ontario is a City where companies want to do business and a community where their employees want to live. With approximately 170,000 residents, Ontario is San Bernardino County’s fourth-largest city — and growing. Ontario’s population is set to double in the next 20 years, and local leaders have their sights set firmly on the future.
With residential development on the rise, Ontario looks to double its population in the next 20 years making it one of the 100 most populated Cities in the nation. City officials are in the process of adding nearly 50,000 housing units to Ontario and creating one of the first “gigabit” communities in Southern California. This new technology will offer one gigabit-per-second service, or about 100 times faster than the average fixed high-speed Internet connection.
As the City continues to grow, Ontario’s skilled workforce is constantly replenished, and its unemployment rate has steadily declined in recent years. Ontario works very closely with its five area school districts, local community colleges and universities, trade and vocation schools, to provide a highly skilled workforce. In Ontario, companies find a diverse and talented labor pool that is able to do anything, whether that’s driving a forklift or steering an international corporation.
With our highly skilled workforce, reasonable lease rates, quality office and retail development, and more than 100 million square feet of industrial, manufacturing and distribution space, Ontario is the best place to grow your business. Ontario is composed of a robust office market for corporate headquarters, large professional firms and high technology companies. Ontario offers a stable environment with lifestyle amenities, reasonable lease rates, modern facilities, technical amenities, efficient infrastructure and a highly skilled labor market.
At the center of the City is the Ontario International Airport, which is the 15th busiest airport in the nation measured by air cargo. Major airlines such as American, Delta, United and Southwest, offer daily passenger service through the airport, and plans are in place to add a third terminal as traffic continues to increase. United Parcel Service (UPS) has their Western Regional hub located at the Airport, which averages 38 planeloads of packages a day.
Ontario offers a transportation corridor that extends throughout Southern California and across the U.S and sits 45 miles from the largest ports in the U.S. Ontario provides strategic access to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach through its interconnected freeway and rail system. Ontario also offers the advantage of the Foreign Trade Zone, which allows products to be stored, manipulated, manufactured, and exhibited without paying customs duties — unless the items enter into the U.S. economy. The ability to increase international sales, realize greater export potential and succeed in global markets is often a deciding factor for location, relocation and expansion into Ontario.
The City also handles the mass of freight transport — via both rail and road. Three major interstates crisscross the City and the surrounding area: I-15 from San Diego to Las Vegas and beyond; I-10 from Los Angeles to Phoenix and beyond; as well as State Route 60 for easy regional access. The efficiency of this freeway system has been dramatically enhanced with the recent completion of the high-occupancy vehicle lane on I-10, augmenting its immediate trucking and air resources.
Ontario continues to be the hottest industrial real estate market in Southern California. Developers have found that sites in Ontario offer the best combination of highly-valued attributes including efficient infrastructure, modern amenities and a technology and logistics-proficient labor force. Industrial firms are migrating to Ontario for its location, modern facilities and lower lease rates.
Whether you’re just starting your company, looking to relocate or planning to expand, Ontario officials know the best way to attract business is by making it easy to do business. The City of Ontario has expanded by listening to business’ needs and constantly improving its business environment to strengthen its competitive advantage in the marketplace.
City officials and community leaders work tirelessly to ensure that Ontario stays business-friendly — whether that’s updating outdated infrastructure, investing in workforce development or launching new business initiatives, remember Ontario Thinks Business. City officials partner with San Bernardino County and the State of California to pool resources and offer programs for local companies to thrive in Ontario.
Every day, companies in the retail, technology, manufacturing and distribution sectors choose Ontario as their base of operations. QVC, Inc.; Mag Instruments, Inc.; Toyota North America; Nordstrom; and U-line are just a few of the many companies that have chosen to invest here. To find out more information about the advantages of doing business in Ontario, California visit www.ontariothinksbusiness.com or call 909.395.2005. You can also follow us on twitter at @OntarioEDA.
The communities of the county reflect the diversity and opportunity that make it such a great place for business and families. Our doors are open.
Santa Maria is the largest city in the tri-county Central Coast. Santa Maria is a dynamic and prosperous place to work, live and raise a family. Its mild year-round climate and backdrop of coastline, wine country, and abundant agriculture is home to an energetic workforce, commercial and industrial-zoned land, airport and locally-owned railroad
Lompoc, nestled in the heart of the Central Coast, offers diversity in industry and business to include space technology, as it is home to Vandenberg Air Force Base, a booming wine industry, manufacturing, government, healthcare and education. Businesses in need of space can find a home in Lompoc, as plans are underway to build a 40-acre business/industrial park.
Buellton is positioned at the crossroads of Hwy 101 and Hwy 246 in the heart of the Santa Barbara County. Currently experiencing a great amount of growth, Buellton offers space for residential, commercial, and industrial development. Catering to tourism, agriculture, and light industry, Buellton is a viable location to grow.
Solvang is a popular tourist destination that includes wineries, and boutique shopping. The Historic Danish Village provides you with real authentic Danish pastries and the fresh foods of the Santa Ynez Valley. Solvang’s unique architecture, excellent schools and a clean and safe community is a great place for business.
Santa Ynez is located in Santa Barbara County’s wine country. It is home to more than 150 businesses in a friendly, country setting. Our schools are highly rated, with Santa Ynez Valley Union High School named a top public high school in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.
Goleta is the employment hub for Santa Barbara County with a variety of high-tech and manufacturing companies. Goleta is also the infrared capital of the world. The close proximity to the University of California, Santa Barbara, gives Goleta continuous access to a talented workforce.
Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County. A popular tourist and resort destination, the city economy includes a large service sector, education, technology, health care, finance, agriculture, manufacturing, and local government.
Carpinteria is an ocean side city located in southeastern Santa Barbara County. The lush foothills and fertile mountains blossom with flower nurseries, avocado orchards, and polo fields. Emerging technology companies and spirited entrepreneurial industries are among the growing businesses choosing to locate near the charming and unpretentious beach town.
Discover Southern California’s Leading Edge
A vast land of opportunity lies just an hour outside of Los Angeles. Known as Southern California’s Leading Edge, this group of high desert communities has been famed for its aerospace prowess for nearly 70 years. Supersonic travel, the Space Shuttle and advanced stealth technology were all born here. NASA astronauts train here and now commercial space flight is being pioneered here.
With easy access to key transport corridors, good rail service and three of America’s top seaports within a seventy-mile radius, it’s no surprise that we’ve found favor with many distribution and logistics firms. Global traders enjoy the tax and tariff advantages of our Foreign Trade Zone. We also think you’ll find our air quality district, separate and distinct from LA’s stringent South Coast AQMD, to be refreshing.
Savvy investors such as Richard Branson, Warren Buffet, Bill Gross and Elon Musk have all established enterprises in the region. So have corporate giants including Boeing, BYD, GE, Hyundai-Kia, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Rio Tinto.
Strong industry clusters exist around aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, renewable energy as well as logistics and warehousing. Agriculture and mining, our first industries, remain key to the economy. TV and films frequently use the region as their backlot.
The Leading Edge may be separate from LA, yet it is still close-at-hand. The region places some 21 million Southern Californian’s at your doorstep; the Western U.S. is within a day’s drive; and new Pacific Rim opportunities are ready to explore.
When it’s time to choose a new place to grow your business, give yourself an edge: So Cal’s Leading Edge, where affordability, accessibility and availability come together, just north of Los Angeles.
To arrange a tour, visit SoCalLeadingEdge.org or call Kimberly Maevers at (661) 722-6566
South San Francisco is the largest Biotech cluster in the world – with 210 companies, 20,000 life science employees, and 11 million sq. ft. of lab & office space, plus 6.2 million sq. ft. of R&D space being built over the next three years. We are home to well-established firms like Genentech, Amgen, ThermoFisher Scientific, and Johnson & Johnson – but also to dozens of fast-growing biotech start-ups, such as Denali Therapeutics and Google-backed companies Calico and Verily Life Sciences.
South San Francisco has the best life science workforce in the world. Innovation and entrepreneurship is at the center of everything we do, and it shows – South San Francisco companies were recently ranked #1 in NIH grants, #1 in IPO valuations and #1 patents.
Location is Everything
South San Francisco is the most central, convenient and connected location for business in the San Francisco Bay Area. The city is served by three freeways, two BART stations, one Ferry terminal, one Caltrain station, and the San Francisco International Airport.
We are located minutes away from three of the world’s top life science research facilities: U.C.S.F., Stanford University, and U.C. Berkeley. In addition, our city is located at the connection point between San Francisco’s Financial District and Silicon Valley, providing companies with unique access to the region’s high-tech and financial resources.
The Best Business Climate for Biotech Growth
South San Francisco has a proven 40-year track record of effectively serving the biotech industry. Our city staff understand the facility needs of biotech firms, so we are able offer the fastest turnaround for issuing permits. We work in partnership with our life science and real estate community to create the most business-friendly climate for growth.
If you need space to grow your biotech company, you need to be in South San Francisco. Please contact us at (650) 829-6620 or www.ssfbiotech.com.