San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center

Building thriving rural communities together.

Acting as a resource hub, the San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center (SJVRDC) provides technical assistance for public agencies in small, underserved communities by connecting them to experts who can provide specialized consulting to which they would otherwise not have access. Areas include business services, clean energy, economic development, finance, grant writing, health and human services, housing, nonprofit capacity, planning, project design and construction, trade development, transportation, and water infrastructure.


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3/6/15 -Westside Neighborhoods Network Coalition

Mendota Police Chief

Above, Mendota Police Chief, Gregg Andreotii, speaking to a group at the Westside Neighborhoods Network Coalition.


The Westside Neighborhoods Network is a newly formed coalition of stakeholders from westside communities in Fresno County: Biola, Coalinga, Firebaugh, Huron, Kerman, Mendota, San Joaquin and Tranquility. Community partners and residents will meet once a month to share projects in their communities, to learn best practices and opportunities in community and economic development, and to ultimately grow together as one network of communities. The first two network meetings took place in San Joaquin at Ramirez Restaurant on January 30, and Mendota at Westside Youth Center on March 6. Topics of discussion include recreational sports leagues, farmers markets and community gardens, safe and walkable neighborhoods, and a bilingual local newsletter.

The Westside Neighborhoods Network is facilitated by OCED's San Joaquin Rural Development Center and Community and Regional Planning Center. The next meeting will take place in Biola in April.

For more information contact Eduardo Gonzalez, 559-278-0542,