Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation

2415 Imperial Business Park Drive, Suite A
Imperial, CA 92251
P: +1 760-353-8332

Clusters and Sectors

Industry clusters:
  • Renewable energy
  • Aerospace
  • Agribusiness
  • Construction
  • Biotechnology
  • Data Centers
  • Manufacturing
  • International Trade & Logistics

The Imperial Valley has become a "hot-bed" of renewable energy projects employing current solar, geothermal, wind and biofuels technology. The Imperial Valley's highly sought-after resources, available workforce, proximity to large population centers and large tracts of available land have attracted mega-investments for renewable energy development. Imperial County is the second largest geothermal energy producing country in the nation, generating over 500 megawatts (ICCEDS, 2016).

Largest Employers

  • El Centro Regional Medical Center Headquarters employs 1000 people
  • Imperial County Office of Education Headquarters employs 1000 people
  • Imperial Irrigation District Headquarters employs 1400 people

Agribusiness and Economics

In 2017, the Imperial Valley produced more than $2 billion in agricultural commodities for both domestic and international consumption. (2017 Imperial County Annual Crop & Livestock Report)

Animals, Crops & Product Features

According to the 2017 Imperial County Annual Crop & Livestock Report, the top ten commodities produced in 2017 include the following:
  • Cattle
  • Leaf Lettuce
  • Alfalfa Hay
  • Head Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Onion
  • Alfalfa Seed
  • Carrots
  • Sugar Beets

Programs and Resources

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
The Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program provides financial assistance to small businesses that are located in rural areas across the United States. Certain entities that may qualify for assistance include the following: nonprofit organizations, federally-recognized tribes, and higher education institutions. Eligible recipients for assistance from this lending program must:
  • Have their project sites in towns or rural areas within a population of fewer than 50,000 people
  • Certify that they or their employees have received education and training from a qualified microenterprise development training program
  • Demonstrate that they are actively and successfully participating as an intermediary lender in good standing with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Microloan Program


Developing the region’s airports and available airspace to attract engineering, manufacturing, research and development of the aircraft and spacecraft industries. Imperial County’s assets that support these industries are as follows:
  • Availability of uncongested airspace
  • Proximity to restricted airspace
  • Rural locations to facilitate rocket and jet testing
  • An average of 360 days of clear flying weather per year
  • Availability of affordable workforce
  • Proximity to San Diego County’s $1.3 billion Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry
  • Proximity to Mexicali, BC Mexico which currently has 25 aerospace-related companies with a workforce of approximately 7,500 engineers, technicians and operators (2)

Retail and Trade

The constantly growing population in the Imperial Valley and Mexicali areas have boosted growth in the retail sector. The Imperial Valley Mall opened in 2005 and has continued to grow due to its high-volume of shoppers from surrounding areas and cross-border consumers from Mexicali that greatly contribute to the county's retail sales (ICCEDS, 2016). 

Gran Plaza Outlets opened in 2013 in the border city of Calexico with a strong opening showcasing the purchasing potential of Mexicali consumers. As these locations expand, such as the Gran Plaza Outlets with their Phase 2 development, more retail companies are expected to come to the Imperial Valley.

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Business categories with zero establishments are not listed. To maintain confidentiality employment figures may be approximated and payroll figures may be suppressed.
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Establishments With 1-49 Employees
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