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OCED Brings Fresno County Governments to Tour Clovis Enterprises


OCED partnered with the City of Clovis on June 29 to host representatives from several rural communities. The group, made up of delegates from the rural communities of Biola, Corcoran, Huron, Parlier and San Joaquin, visited projects that exhibited Clovis's innovative approach to community and economic development.

The tour convened at Clovis City Hall, where OCED Interim Executive Director Ismael D. Herrera, Jr., and Clovis Planning and Development Services Director, Dwight Kroll, welcomed guests. From City Hall, the group proceeded to a recently-constructed home built as a part of Clovis's new Cottage Home Program. The Cottage Home Program focuses on providing alternative uses for existing alleyways while creating more housing options in the Old Town area of Clovis. In May, the program received an Award of Excellence in the category of Downtown Revitalization at the 2018 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Awards luncheon

Representatives then visited the new Clovis Culinary Center located at Willow and Ashlan Avenues. The Clovis Culinary Center is a nonprofit facility providing professional culinary business services and training -- including a full commercial kitchen -- for entrepreneurs who want to start or expand their businesses. The facility offers 24/7 commercial facility access and is a catalyst for growth in the region's food industry.

The tour also included a visit to a recently-constructed residence that showcases the positive impact collaboration can have in a community. The home transpired as a result of a joint effort between the City of Clovis, Habitat for Humanity and the Fresno City College Construction Program.

The final stop was at the new Magnolia Crossing senior living facility, a first-of-its-kind mixed-income development. Magnolia Crossing addresses the need for affordable senior housing in the community and, like the city's Cottage Home Program, received an Award of Excellence at the 2018 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Awards luncheon, in the category of Residential Development. 

The tour was a success thanks to the gracious hosts and staff from the City of Clovis, who shared their unique experiences and insights in developing all four projects with counterparts from the region's rural communities.