About Us
The Economic Development Corporation of San Benito County promotes economic growth and development in San Benito County, California through business attraction, retention, expansion and creation, while maintaining and preserving our agricultural land and rural environment.
Biotech Lab

Technology

Aeronautics and avionics are rooted in this area with a strong infrastructure for bio-technology, bio-research and next generation technology.

Corbin

Industry

San Benito County attracts a mix of small to medium-sized manufacturing and distribution centers, along with light industry.

Ag Fields

Agriculture

Fertile valley soil supports some of the most productive farmland in the state with a moderate climate, sunny days allow for year-round farming.

This is San Benito County

Set in an idyllic small valley surrounded by spectacular agriculture, San Benito County’s two cities and numerous rural communities retain a casual small town “feel” while continuing to expand and flourish with growth. Nestled conveniently between fast-paced Silicon Valley and the arts oriented Monterey Bay.

Population

58,671

1.07% Growth*

Median Household Income

$80,760

9.41% Growth*

# of Employees

27,688

3.95% Growth*

Resources
In the News

Cares Act

04/10/2020

The Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan is called the Economic Injury Disaster Loan or EIDL.  By simply applying for this disaster loan, you become eligible for up to a $10,000 advance on your loan.   

NOTE:  If you applied for this loan before March 30, you need to reapply to utilize the new streamed lined loan application (see link below).

Cares Act

04/07/2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is part of the Stimulus Bill and provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs, including benefits. Funds can be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent and utilities.

Fully Forgiven Funds are provided in the form of loans that are fully forgiven when used for payroll costs and other eligible costs. Loan payments will be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

Cares Act

03/30/2020

On Friday March 27, 2020, The President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act into legislation.  The $2 Trillion aid package includes the following for individuals and businesses. Note that this summary does not include all of the components of the legislation, and instead focuses on what types of aid are made available to most people and small businesses.

COVID-19

03/20/2020

In order to protect the public and in recognition of the current public health emergency, San Benito County has issued an Order to Shelter in Place (Order) that effects our residents and our local businesses. The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) urges all businesses and residents to review the Order in detail. You can find it at the County’s website. This Order is similar to the Orders that have been declared in the Bay Area counties and is consistent with a similar order from Governor Newsom.

Fontes

03/04/2020

Aaron Johnston, Chairman of the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Board, is pleased to announce that the organization has hired Marc Fontes as its new Executive Director

Economic Development Corporation Chairman Eric Johnson gave a presentation of a five-year plan to the San Benito County Board of Supervisors at the March 5 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

03.11.2019

Supervisors allocate $67,000 to four organizations and plan further discussions in budget hearings.

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08.21.2019

Area organizations attend a workshop on business retention/growth, multi-agency collaboration and tourism marketing plan.

Partnerships

Investors

Individuals

A2B Consulting Group

Mary Hubbell
Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP

Kathy Z. Johnson

Aaron Johnston
Graniterock

Ken Lindsay
Sierra Pacific Associates Inc.

Cheryl Mullen

Rachel Reed
Graniterock

Brenda Weatherly

Andrew G. Shelton
Richard W. Shelton Insurance Marketing Inc.

Loree Van Bebber
Cal Coastal
SBDC

Bonnie and Nick Voropaeff
DLG Printing

Calera Vineyard
San Juan Mission
Downtown Hollister
Contact

San Benito County Economic Development Corporation

PO Box 1265
Hollister, CA, 95024
831-288-5950
info@edcsanbenito.org

Board of Directors

Chairman

Aaron Johnston
Vice President
Safety, Environmental and Quality
Graniterock
ajohnston@graniterock.com

Vice Chairman

Gillian Enz
Owner and Managing Member
Valkyrie Construction Management, LLC
gillian@valkyrie-cm.com

Intero Real Estate
Commercial Division, Morgan Hill

Secretary

Andrew Shelton
LUTCF, CLTC
Certified California Exchange Agent
Shelton Insurance
andrew@shelton-insurance.com

Treasurer

Mary Hubbell
Partner
Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP
maryh@bkpcpa.com

Ken Lindsay
President
Sierra Pacific Associates, Inc.
klin@pacbell.net

Loree Van Bebber
Marketing Manager/Business Development
Cal Coastal—A Small Business Lender
loree_vanbebber@calcoastal.org

Rachel Reed
Biological Resources Project Manager
Graniterock
rreed@graniterock.com

Bryan Swanson
Development Services Director
City of Hollister
bryan.swanson@hollister.ca.gov

Paul Rovella
Managing Partner
Johnson, Rovella, Retterer, Rosenthal and Gilles,  LLP
paul@jrgattorneys.com

Bob Quaid
Treasurer
San Juan Bautista Community Business Association
ramquaid@sbcglobal.net

Mary Gilbert
Executive Director
San Benito County Council of Governments
mary@sanbenitocog.org

Brenda Weatherly
Director of Donor and Community Services
Community Foundation for San Benito County
bweatherly@givesanbenito.org

Cheryl Mullen
Management Analyst
City of Hollister
cheryl.mullen@hollister.ca.gov