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City of Clovis, CA Key Industries

Bolstered by its central location and supportive business community, Clovis is home to thriving industry clusters. The medical and agile manufacturing industries are particularly strong and still have room for growth, while the information processing and education communities have been targeted as future areas of strength. The region is additionally at the forefront of the growing water technology research and manufacturing areas.

Health and Wellness

The health services industry in the Fresno metropolitan area has grown exponentially and Clovis is strongly positioned to take advantage of increased growth in health services. The Clovis Community Medical Center has just completed an ambitious $300 million expansion project that tripled the size of the facility to nearly 740,000 square feet. The expansion included a new five-story bed tower, a dedicated Women’s Pavilion, a three-story parking garage and an expanded emergency department. Also in Clovis, Kaiser Permanente operates a 65,000 square foot medical office. The city’s Herndon Corridor is located within easy access of both facilities and provides a unique development opportunity for the healthcare industry.

Agile Manufacturing

Central California’s agile manufacturing industry is a vital component of much of the area’s economy, producing the machinery used in agriculture, transportation and much more. The region’s manufacturing capacity has been pinpointed as an area of future job growth, especially if local firms fill underutilized capacity with contract manufacturing now being sourced from other regions.


Clovis has a particularly strong and unique opportunity to grow its tourism sector.  The city’s location is in close proximity and along a major route to the Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks that together saw over 5.1 million visitors in 2013.  Clovis is also situated in the central part of California, the second most visited state in the U.S.  Clovis and the region enjoy a wide range of tourism assets.   Clovis itself is the choice of locals and others from around the region to visit and enjoy the quaint antique and specialty shops of Old Town and the many community festivals during the year which include the Clovis Rodeo, Big Hat Days, Clovis Fest, Old Town Farmers Markets and Antique and Collectable Fairs.  The city is situated among numerous regional trails including the Fruit, Blossom and Wild Flower trails, which attract tourists during their particular seasons.  With the completion of Highway 168, reaching Clovis from other parts of the state and nation has never been easier. 

Increasing tourism in Clovis doesn’t require vast investment.  Attracting additional hotel rooms is already a city priority. The attractions are for the most part in place.  Job training in basic skills and customer service for an available workforce is readily available.  A stronger effort to market Clovis to visitors is also within the realm of the doable now that the Fresno/Clovis market is served by a Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Water Technology

Dr. David Zoldoske of the International Center for Water Technology (ICWT) at CSU Fresno has stated, “Access to usable water is developing into the greatest challenge of this century. The world’s ability to find, use, clean, recycle, transport, distribute, sell, tax, and conserve water will determine in large measure whether the world will progress or digress over the next 100 years.  The technology to properly use and manage this precious resource is the critical tool to providing sufficient water supplies for the world’s major uses, such as agricultural, municipal, and commercial applications.”

The San Joaquin Valley  is a world leader in water technology, which includes a wide range of industries such as irrigation for agriculture and turf systems, municipal and rural water and waste systems, and industrial and recreational applications.  In 2001, with the collaboration of water technology manufacturers, the ICWT was established at Fresno State. It is a public-private partnership dedicated to the development and application of advanced technologies that enhance water use for urban, environmental and agricultural purposes.  Its membership is largely made up of firms in the water technology industry.  One of ICWT’s primary initiatives is providing comprehensive technical assistance to both start-up and established manufacturers in the areas of workforce development, R&D, business plans, identifying funding sources and export marketing.  It also carries out laboratory and field testing of new products.

Clovis’ central location in this vast agricultural region, with its close proximity to and well-established relationship with CSU Fresno, makes it a highly competitive location to attract both established water technology manufacturers and new entrepreneurial efforts.

Information Processing

Information processing, or “back office” as it’s also known, is a fast-growing occupation that cuts across a wide range of industries in the region, including government services.  The outsourcing of back office operations by large organizations, that include banking, insurance, financial services, health care and government, creates an opportunity for Clovis and the region.  These functions encompass data processing and analysis, credit checking, database administration and payroll and billing services.  Unlike many other sectors, the “information processing” sector is a so-called “occupational cluster” where concentrations of interrelated occupations share the same or similar training and skills but may cut across multiple industries.

Several trends provide Clovis with an opportunity to expand its information processing capability and to serve both regional and national markets.  First, most industries need to process a rapidly growing amount of information.   Second, many companies have reduced or even eliminated permanent in-house staff in favor of temporary or contract help and staffing services firms.  These outsourced functions are moved to regions that have a well-trained workforce at affordable wages.  With local colleges and training agencies able to tailor training to the needs of this industry, Clovis provides a good fit.

Suitable locations for information processing operations include the Research and Technology Business Park that is available for development opportunities in information technology and other office related uses.  Additional sites along the Highway 168 corridor offer excellent locations for this type of development. These include the Golden Triangle (Clovis and Herndon Avenue) and sites west of the Clovis Community Medical Center.