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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 EDO is comprised of three work programs focused on Business Opportunities, Tourism and the Film Commission. Each of these divisions operate both collaboratively and cross functionally on a daily basis in order to maximize office efficiency and effectiveness. 

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


Additionally, the majority of the County of Tulare is within Opportunity Zones which offer a number of economically-favorable incentives such as: 

  • Fast track permitting
  • 5 year, no interest, development fee referral
  • State tax credits for purchasing qualified equipment
  • Accelerated expense deductions
  • Net interest deduction
  • Preference points on State contracts


For more information, contact the Team:

Tulare County Economic Development Response Team
Phones:(559) 624-7000
Reed Schenke, Director, Resource Management Agency 
Michael Washam, Associate Director, Resource Management Agency
Aaron Bock, Assistant Planning and Economic Development Director
Hector Guerra, Chief Environmental Planner
Hector Ramos, Manager, Building and Housing Division
Julieta Martinez, Economic Development Manager