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The quaint and culturally diverse community of Gonzales is at the heart of the food, wine and agricultural renaissance taking place in Monterey County’s fertile and productive Salinas Valley. The City’s small town character, relaxed lifestyle, and moderate climate are appealing to people and present unique opportunities for economic development.
Located in the heart of the nation’s salad bowl, Gonzales is an established regional leader in agricultural-technology and innovation, environmental awareness and sustainable practices. Known as the ‘Wine Capital of Monterey County”, radiating from the heart of Gonzales River Road, are approximately 11 vineyards with tasting rooms, picnic areas, wine country charm, down-to-earth staff, and visitor amenities.
Gonzales’ location and responsive city government offers an economic advantage to employers that desire to start a business, expand and diversify operations, or relocate. Located in Gonzales, or within close proximity, is a work force with diverse skills, including health care, public administration, manufacturing and education.
Gonzales is one of the most affordable housing markets in the region making homeownership a reality for many residents. Gonzales is dedicated to building not only business, but community, wellness, and family. From affordable housing to beautiful parks and open spaces, Gonzales is a great place to work and raise a family.
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Small town thinks and acts big on green economic development
The City of Gonzales was featured on The Registry in an article by Irwin Speizer.
October 22, 2015
GONZALES, CA - A strong breeze blows through the Salinas Valley, past vineyards and vegetable rows and small towns along busy Highway 101 until it reaches Gonzales, where it pauses to spin a commercial-size wind turbine that produces energy for one of the city’s main employers. The wind turbine stands as a symbol of achievement for a place that prides itself on a progressive can-do attitude that marries distinctly green policies with aggressive business expansion and development.
Those two aims are often at odds, particularly in California. But Gonzales, a city of about 9,000 people, has figured out a way to bolster economic development while simultaneously advancing a commitment to sustainable and green principles. The results are in the numbers: Gonzales saw its property tax base grow by 16.65 percent from 2014 to 2015; double that of the next closest municipality in Monterey County. It has done that while simultaneously reducing the city’s carbon footprint thanks to the addition of solar and wind power, creative recycling programs and other efforts organized under a city initiative called Gonzales Grows Green (G3)
. The G3 initiative is built around three principles: economic vitality through diversity in growth, environmental responsibility and social equity.
“We are about sustainability, using the environment better, saving energy,” says Gonzales City Manager René Mendez. “It provides additional value to companies besides breaks on fees. This is something else we bring to the table.”
At the heart of what makes Gonzales work is a user-friendly approach to development that seeks solutions over confrontations. It is an attitude reflected in the 350-foot wind turbine, which Gonzales wanted to build as a sustainable power source. At first the turbine seemed doomed by concerns about its potentially lethal impact on the endangered California condor, which has been reintroduced to the mountainous Pinnacles National Park to the east to Big Sur on the west.