About Us

The Economic Development Office (EDO) was established within the Economic Development and Planning Branch of the Resource Management Agency (RMA) in 2012.  Since its inception, the EDO has achieved measurable growth in the following industry sectors: agribusiness, renewable energy, healthcare, retail, commercial, and industrial.  Additionally, an increase in tourism and filming activities.

The Tulare County Economic Development Response Team was created to provide rapid and substantive assistance to developers, existing businesses as well as prospective new development opportunities. The BRT’s mission is to foster business creation, expansion and attraction by providing quick review and feedback on development prospects and proposals.

Members of the team include but are not limited to experts from:

  • RMA Public Works
  • RMA Planning and Building Division
  • Tulare County Fire Department 
  • Health and Human Services Agency - Environmental Health Division

 

For more information, contact the Team:

 

Reed Schenke
Reed Schenke

Director 

Michael Washam
Michael Washam

Associate Director

 

Sherman Dix
Sherman Dix

Assistant Director of Fiscal Services 

Aaron Bock
Aaron Bock

Assistant Director of Planning & Economic Development

 

Jason Garcia-LoBue
Jason Garcia-LoBue

Planning & Permit Manger

Hector Ramos
Hector Ramos

Manager, Building & Housing 

 

Hector Guerra
Hector Guerra

Chief Environmental Planner

 

Julieta Martinez
Julieta Martinez

Economic Development Manager