Manufacturing Enhancement Areas
Discover California's Manufacturing Enhancement Areas
Brawley and Calexico, California's two Manufacturing Enhancement Areas, are focused on stimulating job creation in the Border region. Special state and local incentives encourage business investment and promote the creation of new jobs.
The Benefits of a manufacturing Enhancement Area (MEA) are as follows:
- Streamlined local regulatory controls;
- Reduced local permitting fees; and
- Eligibility to earn $29,234 or more in state tax credits for each qualified employee hired.
All manufacturing businesses engaged in the lines of business described in Codes 2011 to 3999, inclusive of the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) and located in an MEA are eligible for program benefits. There are 2 MEAs located in California. They are in the Cities of Brawley and Calexico, both located in Imperial County. Their MEA designations expire December 31, 2012.
How To Apply
If your business is currently located in a MEA, or is interested in locating in a MEA, you can obtain more information by calling the state program coordinator or the local area contacts listed below:
Brawley Manufacturing Enhancement Area
City of Brawley
Contact: Teresa Santiago
383 Main Street
Brawley, CA 92227
Brawley Chamber of Commerce/Brawley Economic Development Commission
P.O. Box 218/204 South Imperial Ave
Brawley, CA 92227-0218
Contact: Nicole Nicholas Gilles, CEO
F (760) 344-7611
Calexico Manufacturing Enhancement Area
City of Calexico
608 Heber Ave.
Calexico, CA 92231