“We want the world to know, Chowchilla is open for business.” Chowchilla Mayor John Chavez

The Chowchilla City Council announced late last week it has increased local business incentives designed to accelerate retail and commercial growth and create new jobs.

“We are excited about having the tools to reduce the cost of doing business in Chowchilla,” said Chowchilla Mayor John Chavez. “It says to our current and future businesses that Chowchilla wants you here and wants you to grow and prosper in our wonderful community. When new businesses relocate here, or existing businesses expand, the whole city benefits. That is why we want the world to know, Chowchilla is open for business.”

The two programs authorized by the Council are designed to lessen the cost of doing business in Chowchilla.

The first one authorizes a 50 percent annual rebate of the City’s share of general sales taxes for the first three years to businesses that occupy or expand into vacant buildings in Chowchilla between now and the end of 2016.

The second program immediately waives building permit fees in the downtown business district through the end of 2017. The waiver will apply to all activities for which a building permit is required, including plumbing, electrical work, demolition, construction, repairs and renovations, redesigns and conversions.

“Chowchilla sits at the crossroads of two major highways, one that connects the San Joaquin Valley with Silicon Valley and the other that links together major Valley cities,” said City Administrator Brian Haddix. “We are a prime location for commercial, retail and dining opportunities. This fact, enhanced by the City’s two new business incentives, makes a very compelling case for locating a retail business in Chowchilla, and particularly, its downtown.”


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