Here’s a look at key developments in the northern San Joaquin Valley, which has dubbed itself “Greater Silicon Valley.”
- 2012 population: 19,141
- River Islands, the largest mixed-use master-planned community in Northern California, includes 11,000 homes, a 300-acre technology campus, up to nine new schools and on-site access to recreation on the Delta. A planned business park could eventually add 13,000 jobs.
- 2012 population: 62,473
- Trinchero Family Estates, the fourth-largest wine seller in the country, is spending $300 million to upgrade its west-side winery and build a new central bottling and distribution center.
- 2012 population: 71,067
- Thousands of homes are planned for Austin Road Business Park and Residential Community, a 1,050-acre development with 8 million square feet of industrial, commercial and office space.
- 2012 population: 297,239
- A federal judge approved Stockton’s plan to exit bankruptcy in late October, allowing the city to move forward in its recovery. Large-scale projects underway include
- NorCal Logistics Center, a 474-acre site that may one day include up to 8.2 million square feet of logistics facilities and distribution space; and Airport East, a 550-acre, master-planned business park at Stockton Metropolitan Airport. That project will include 8.5 million square feet of office, research and development, manufacturing, cargo and retail space.
- 2012 population: 84,669
- At build-out, the 1,700-acre Cordes Ranch business park will have a projected 36 million square feet of commercial and light industrial space and up to 30,000 jobs — doubling the city’s current employment force.
- E-commerce titan Amazon will employ 1,000 in its 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in the Northeast Industrial Area.
What images does Silicon Valley conjure? Google, Apple, Facebook, and on and on? Mainstays of the world’s hub of technology and innovation? Did a glimpse of Stockton appear in that mix? If the San Joaquin Partnership’s campaign to rebrand the area as Greater Silicon Valley works out, it soon will.
David Garcia, Stockton born and bred, has a background in urban policy and planning and has called cities like Baltimore and Washington, D.C., home. So when he and Tim Egkan co-founded Huddle, a new coworking space in downtown Stockton that held its soft opening last June, he knew change was possible. But that doesn’t mean he thinks it will be easy.
Years of drought have baked away some of the divisions inside California’s Capitol, drawing opposing parties together in an effort to find solutions to the state’s ongoing water storage and conveyance problems.
It was in 1989 that the San Joaquin Business Council formed to envision and outline an economic development and prosperity plan for its county. Called Vision 2000, the strategic plan and its backers, including the newly created San Joaquin Partnership, sought to add tens of thousands of jobs to the region by removing barriers to business development and promoting the relocation of companies to San Joaquin.