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Top 10 Reasons to Choose Lake County
- Lower operating costs.
The cost of doing business in Lake County is significantly lower than in neighboring urban areas – from lower real estate prices to lower labor costs. For instance, according to the Employment Development Department, the average wage in manufacturing is $17.00/hour in the nearest (Santa Rosa) metropolitan area, while the median wage in Lake County is just $9.73/hour.
- A workforce that values local job opportunities.
The rural character of Lake County and its relative proximity to urban areas prompts approximately 20% of the area’s workforce to commute out of the county for employment. For an employer considering locating to Lake County, this can mean a pool of skilled workers eager for and committed to local job opportunities.
- An affordable real estate market.
Compared to the greater Bay Area and Sacramento Valley, Lake County’s real estate market is affordable, which can help lower your project’s upfront costs and provide a wide range of affordable options for employee housing.
- A forward-thinking, proactive County government.
The County is actively supportive of economic growth and is especially interested in attracting innovative companies, high-quality development, and compatible industry with the goal of creating new employment opportunities for residents.
- Collaborative County agencies that will work one-on-one with you.
Economic Development and Community Development teams will personally work with you to understand your specific needs, make suggestions for potential locations, and facilitate meetings with key agencies. An experienced County planner will guide you through the permitting process.
- A comprehensive network of business services.
The Lake County Business Services Network is a group of agencies that provide employer and employee assistance – from business loans and one-on-one business coaching to customized employee training and employee recruitment to assist in your hiring efforts. These providers mobilize quickly to meet your training and workforce needs.
- An entrepreneurial business climate.
Entrepreneurs are at the heart of Lake County, and the business climate reflects the passion for entrepreneurship with strong local business associations and two active Chambers of Commerce.
- An impressive quality of life.
One of California’s hottest new wine destinations, Lake County is home to Clear Lake – the largest natural freshwater lake in California and possibly the oldest lake on the continent – and Mount Konocti, an ancient volcano that recently opened to offer one of the newest day hikes in the state. Clean air, scenic beauty, fine wines, and unsurpassed recreation.
- The cleanest air in California, 22 years in a row.
In fact, Lake County tied with Maui for the No. 6 spot on the list of cleanest counties in the nation for year-round particle pollution in the American Lung Association’s 2011 State of the Air Report.
- Approximately 265 days of sunshine per year.
Located midway between the Pacific Coast and the Central Valley, Lake County rarely experiences coastal or valley fog unlike the coastal and valley regions. This translates into lots of sunshine. In fact, Lake County sees, on average, approximately 265 days of clear or partly clear skies, with an approximate annual average of 78% of possible sunshine.