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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
  • Real Estate
  • 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

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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Industry

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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
  1-4 5-9 10-19 20-49
Establishments With 50-999 Employees
  50-99 100-249 250-499 500-999
Establishments With 1,000+ Employees
  1,000+ 1,000-1,499 1,500-2,499 2,500-4,999 5,000+