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The City of Salinas combines a history of industry and agriculture with proximity to Silicon Valley to form a location where technology and production meet. We combine a streamlined permitting process with a "can-do" attitude so that your business will get the support it needs to thrive here.
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Key Reasons for Investment
Salinas and the Salinas Valley are home to an over $8 billion agricultural industry. The Salinas Valley is among the leading producers of lettuce, strawberries, broccoli, artichokes, wine grapes, and other specialty crops in the country. The mild climate allows outdoor work to proceed for longer parts of the year, facilitates transportation, and reduces heating and cooling costs. As the largest City on California's Central Coast, Salinas is a regional hub of shipping and production, with easy access to the Bay Area and Southern California markets and beyond through direct freeway and rail access.
Although agriculture forms the economic base, more than 100 manufacturing firms call Salinas home. It is also the County Seat of Monterey County, with over 2,000 County employees working ins Salinas.
Top Employers: Fresh Express, Taylor Farms, Tanimura & Antle, and D’Arrigo Bros
Sales Tax: 7.75%
Unemployment rate: 11.1%
Median Income: $50,587
Current and Future Development
Taylor Farms new 5-story headquarters building in Downtown Salinas
CSU Monterey Bay to open satellite campus in Downtown Salinas
Recently completed Economic Development Element to guide growth and redevelopment over next 30 years.