The Madera County Economic Development Commission (EDC) is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of the City and County of Madera, and the City of Chowchilla. Its primary goals include business recruitment, expansion and retention with a particular focus on new job creation. Among the many programs it operates, the EDC administers a revolving small business loan program funded through Community Development Block Grant dollars. The EDC maintains an emphasis on marketing the community and often serves as a first point of contact for companies considering sites within Madera County. It frequently coordinates the benefits offered to new businesses by community partners and provides information regarding the variety of State administered incentives that might apply.
The EDC provides administrative support and coordination for the Greater Madera County Industrial Association (GMCIA), a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that promotes common industrial and manufacturing interest affecting greater Madera County. Of the 22 GMCIA members providing input on matters affecting local industry, 11 are industrial businesses located within the City of Madera, as follows:
|Oldcastle Precast Enclosure Solutions|
|Quality Container Company|
|Sealed Air Corporation|
|Innovative Rotational Molding, Inc.|
The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a collaboration of private and public sector partners whose goal is to promote the economic prosperity and long term growth through the workforce development system in Madera County. The WDB administers the Madera County Workforce Assistance Center, a one-stop shop for workforce services. Employers can receive assistance in finding and hiring skilled workers, and job seekers can be assisted in obtaining employment and strengthening their skill sets.
The Madera Campus of the State Community College District and its Center for Advanced Manufacturing support a maintenance mechanic program as well as additional career technical courses that address local manufacturing business needs. State Center officials coordinate with local business interests to help ensure that students attending these programs gain skills and knowledge that are most needed to fill local labor market needs.