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Economic Development

Located in beautiful Monterey County on California's Central Coast, the City of Salinas is a young, vibrant, and diverse community of over 157,000 residents.  Located in one of the world's premier agricultural areas and just one hour from Silicon Valley, the City of Salinas is poised for long-term economic growth.  The Economic Development Division is dedicated to identifying and removing barriers to prosperity, while seeking new opportunities for private investment in the City.


The Salinas Valley is one the world's premier agricultural regions, with an estimated economic impact of over $8 billion per year.  Monterey County has ten crops with an annual farm gate value of over $100 million, with 26 crops having a farm gate value of at least $1 million.  The City of Salinas serves as the processing center for regional produce.  

In addition to being an agricultural hub, the City of Salinas is also home to a number of businesses and initiatives in the Agricultural Technology (AgTech) industry.  Information about local agtech can be found here.

Opportunity Zones

The City of Salinas has had five Census Tracts designated as Opportunity Zones.  Please click here for more information.