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Madera County, “The Perfect Location” encompasses an area of 2,147 square miles and offers two distinct regions. Recognized as one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, the Central Valley is currently experiencing an upsurge in population and business growth. The county’s largest manufacturing firms are located in the valley region. Eastern Madera County includes small communities such as Oakhurst, Coarsegold, North Fork and others that are situated in the Sierra Foothills and tourism-related activities are a major component of the economy. Madera County is one of the fastest growing counties in California, the population has increased from 124,696 in 2000 to an estimated 150,887 in 2008 (California State Department of Finance).


The recent influx of new residents and businesses into Madera County illustrates the increased awareness of the potential to be found in California’s Central Valley. The entire region is in the midst of a development phase, as companies take advantage of the centralized location, available labor force, affordable lifestyle and other favorable factors.




OVERVIEW: The Madera County Economic Development Commission (MCEDC) is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of the County of Madera, the City of Madera, and the City of Chowchilla. Commission members represent the Joint Powers agencies, Chambers of Commerce within Madera County, Workforce Investment Board, industrial and public utility sectors.


GOALS: The General goals of the Commission are:

  • To improve the economic capacity of Madera County

  • To improve the quality of life for the residents of Madera County

  • To ensure a positive economic future to the residents of Madera County


Our mission at Madera County Economic Development Commission (MCEDC) is to position Madera County as an economically viable and vibrant county through a multifaceted and diversified economic base. Because we’re in the business of long range economic planning we can assist businesses with:

  • Large scale, high impact economic development projects

  • Site Selection

  • Demographics

  • Business Incentives

  • Workforce Programs

  • Streamlined Permitting


MCEDC wants to help companies become more profitable by locating in the geographic center of California were all modes of distribution transportation converge-freeways, rail, trucking and air.


MCEDC also administers several programs to assist local industry and their business needs, below is a listing of our Incentive Programs and Zones.

  • Enterprise Zone

  • Recycling Marketing Development Zone

  • Foreign Trade Zone

  • Small Business Revolving Loan Program

  • Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Program


Please visit MCEDC’s website for more information.
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This information courtesy of Madera County Economic Development Commission