and #61 for 2016’s best performing small cities in a report published by the Milken Institute (http://best-cities.org/bestcities.taf?rankyear=2016&type=Small-Cities-Rankings). Madera is one of eight small cities in California listed in the national ranking of 200 and has held a ranking on the prestigious list since 2010.
Madera’s biggest industries are Tourism and Agriculture, while the on-going drought has hampered growth for Ag., tourism added 1,500 jobs when Chukchansi Casino reopened its doors after a 14 month closure. There was also growth in the manufacturing and commercial sectors. A new manufacturer, Deerpoint Group, built and opened a new facility adding 100 jobs to the local market and several small commercial businesses opened around the county including Dollar Tree in Chowchilla.
With the addition of new industries coming into Madera County over the past few years coupled with the growth and expansion of several local companies, there has been hundreds of new jobs created,” said Bobby Kahn, Executive Director of the Madera County Economic Development (MCEDC). This is verified by the fact that for nearly three years Madera County has maintained a 1% or less vacancy rate for industrial space.
“It is really gratifying to receive these positive rankings” said Julie Herd, Marketing and Business Development Manager for MCEDC. “With new projects on the horizon, Madera will continue to be recognized.” Herd said.