Modesto is geographically centered in Northern California. Located on Highway 99 in California's San Joaquin Valley, Modesto is the county seat for Stanislaus County with a population of over 210,000. The Tri-County Region’s population of 1.5 million with a combined workforce of 518,000 forms the megaregion of the North Central Valley. Modesto's agricultural prosperity comes from abundant food production including dairy, eggs, poultry, fresh produce and nuts. Modesto is home to many local and brand-name manufacturers like Frito-Lay, Del Monte Stanislaus Foods, Pacific Southwest Container, Bell Carter Packaging, Racor and E&J Gallo Winery - the world's largest wine producer. Our health care sector is vibrant with the presence of Kaiser Permanente, Doctors Medical Center, Memorial Medical Center, Doctors Medical Center, Stanislaus Surgical Hospital and Valley Children’s Hospital. The critically acclaimed Gallo Center for the Arts is a world-class facility that hosts regional, national and international artists, performers and events. Modesto maintains its small town charm with numerous music and family festivals and a certified farmers’ market. Native George Lucas' homage to his teen years in Modesto is the subject of his 1973 film, "American Graffiti". Modesto has revived the Graffiti spirit with a Graffiti Summer Festival and classic car shows each June, and with the designation of a downtown Historic Graffiti Cruise Route walking tour. Modesto offers a great quality of life and is an ideal, affordable business location with economic incentives to assist business development. To learn more, visit www.choosemodesto.com and www.modchamber.org.
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