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Office of Community and Economic Development

San Joaquin Valley Regional Industry Clusters Initiative

Maximizing the region's competitive advantage.

The Regional Industry Clusters Initiative (RICI) is the result of an analysis of the Valley’s industry clusters, directed by the Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) and its partners. The economic and cluster analyses and the partner/stakeholder engagement process provides a platform for the evolution of the Valley’s cluster initiatives; a framework to align initiatives and resources to capture value chain opportunities; and articulation of the role for OCED, including the organization of the Partnership's New Valley Work Groups to lead or support the clusters.

The seven industry clusters identified in the analysis are: Agriculture, Energy, Health & Wellness, Logistics, Manufacturing, Public Sector Infrastructure, and Water Technology.

News and Events

EV Charging Station

Above the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation, along with the San Joaquin Valley Vehicle Partnership and NRG eVgo  hosted a ribbon cutting event of four Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations at the Downtown Business Hub on May 13, 2015. The stations were possible with funds from the Regional Industry Clusters Opportunity (RICO) grant from the California Energy Commission, California Workforce Investment Board, and California Employment Development Department.

Ismael Herrera

Above Ismael Herrera, OCED Associate Director of Funding, speaking at the  ribbon cutting event. OCED was awarded the RICO grant in 2013. The RICO project seeks to cultivate a business environment consisting of market development, infrastructure enhancement, and regulatory expeditiousness that is conducive to increase deployment and adoption of alternative fuels and vehicles.

The Business Journal (article)

The Fresno Bee (article)