Mission Statement “One Voice” unites Fresno County communities and regional interests in a voluntary and collaborative effort to seek federal and state funds annually for projects of regional significance. All projects chosen shall contribute to an improved quality of life throughout Fresno County. FRESNO COUNTY AT A GLANCE Population: 920,000 Size: 6,000 square miles Ethnic/Race White Diversity: Hispanic Black American Indian Asian Pacific Islander Other 36.9% 47.1% 5.0% 0.6% 8.9% 0.2% 1.4% Fresno County Cities: 15 incorporated cities, ranging in population from 480,000 to 4,000 Location: • In the heart of California and the San Joaquin Valley • Three hours from San Francisco and Los Angeles • The only county in the U.S. with three national parks in its backyard (Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon) Rankings: • 10th most populous county in California • 58th most populous county in the U.S. • 1st in the value of agriculture crops produced by any county in U.S. Facts About Fresno County Fresno County is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, a rich agricultural area in the center of California. Population: 920,000 (in 2006) the 10th most populous county in California, with 15 incorporated cities Ethnicity 10% 1% 5% White 37% Hispanic Black or African American Asian, American Indian or Aleut Other 47% Economy Since 1955, Fresno County has ranked as the first or second leading agricultural-producing county in the U.S. Fresno County’s top crops are cotton, grapes, and poultry. Economy (cont.) Fresno County is home to 1.88 million acres of the world’s most productive farmland, with agricultural operations covering nearly half of the county’s entire land base of 3.84 million acres. Fresno Farmers raise more than 350 different crops, contributing more than $4.7 billion to the California economy and supporting 20 percent of all jobs in the Fresno area. Many of the county’s crops are not grown commercially anywhere else in the nation. Source: Fresno County Farm Bureau. Population Growth Fresno County’s population is increasing at a higher rate than both the state of California and the nation, growing nearly 80% from 515,000 to 920,000 between 1980 and 2006 (a 2.2% annual average). This trend is projected to continue into the foreseeable future. Source: Fresno COG, California Department of Finance, the U.S. Census County d apid tion . Percent population growth since 1980 100% Fresno County 80% 60% California 40% 20% United States 0% 1980 1985 1990 2000 2005 2007 Source: 2005 American Community Survey, U.S. Bureau of the Census Poverty 21% of Fresno County’s residents live below the poverty level, compared to 13% in California and the U.S. Source: 2005 U.S. Census Percent of persons with incomes below poverty level 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% 21% Fresno County 13% 13% California United States Source: 2005 American Community Survey, U.S. Bureau of the Census unty are cally Ethnic Diversity 63% of Fresno County’s residents are minority (non-white), compared to 57% for California, and 33% for the U.S. Source: 2005 U.S. Census Percent of persons who are minority Fresno County 63% California 57% United States 33% Source: 2005 American Community Survey, U.S. Bureau of the Census Unemployment Fresno County’s unemployment rate is 11.8%, far higher than that of California at 7.0%, and the U.S. at 5.8%. Source: 2005 U.S. Census “One Voice” 2007 Priority Projects Priority 1 2 Project Friant Corridor Road Widening TTHUD (TCSP) State Route 180 Temperance to Academy Ave. Project Description Widen two- lane road to fourlane divided road with class II bicycle lanes. Completion of construction of the segment of SR 180 from Temperance to Academy Project Location Friant Rd. Copper/Millbrook Aves to Millerton Rd. Southeast Fresno County Total Request Recipient $3,500,000 County of Fresno. $5,000,000 Fresno COG TTHUD (STP) 3 Golden State Corridor Ec. Dev. Infrastructure Roadway rehabilitation, improvements and enhancements to facilitate economic development. TTHUD (STP) 4 5 6 Highway 269 Bridge Project TTHUD (STP) Westside Vocational Center TTHUD (EDI) Recycled Water Master Plan System – Phase C Interior (EPA-STAG) Future of the 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard Build a 500 foot bridge across the Arroyo Pasajero Creek Golden State Boulevard through Kingsburg, Selma, Fowler, and portions of Fresno Co. City of Huron $2,750,000 $1,500,000 Build or rehabilitate a vocational training facility to provide trade skills training to low income area of county. Westside of Fresno County $3,000,000 Complete build-out of main water transmission lines. Developed in 5 phases – Total Cost - $35 million City of Clovis $2,300,000 To assign F-15 aircraft to the 144th Fighter Wing to replace the F-16 dated to expire in the year 2012. Fresno Yosemite International Airport $0 Fresno COG Fresno COG I-5 Business Development Corridor, Inc. City of Clovis City of Fresno Defense (Authorization) Fresno Yosemite International Airport DHS (Authorization) Mendota Federal Correctional Institution Justice (Byrne-JAG) Establish FYI as an international Port of Entry (POE) with the US Dept. of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) Completion of correctional institution Fresno Yosemite International Airport City of Mendota $0 Restoration of Funding to complete facility City of Fresno Dept. of Airports City of Mendota Thank you for your time and your efforts on our behalf. If you need further information please contact Tony Boren at 559-233-4148.