Development Opportunities

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See the hot spots for business location in Merced:

3 Industrial Parks. Light and heavy industrial sites with highway 99, rail, and air cargo access.

3 Commercial/Professional Areas. Growing residential population, UC Merced expansion, Hwy 99 visibility, Yosemite visitor traffic.

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Industrial Properties Map


Industrial Parks



Airport Industrial Park

City-owned industrial park, fully serviced, zoned Light Industrial. Recycling Zone offers incentives to companies that repurpose waste. More...

Light Manufacturing

Printing & Packaging


University Industrial Park

Heavy industrial park, over 700 acres, parcels up to 160 acres, with access to BNSF railway and highway 99. Recycling Zone offers incentives to companies that repurpose waste. More...

Heavy Manufacturing

Metal Products

Distribution (food services)

Ag/Food Processing

Western Industrial Park

250-acre park, zoned Light Industrial, with access to Union Pacific railway and highways 99 and 59. More...

Light Manufacturing


Food Processing

Printing & Packaging

Commercial & Professional Areas

Commercial development can be found throughout the city. These areas are experiencing heavy concentrations of activity due growing residential development, the University, and Highway 99.




Mid-Century nostalgia meets the digital future in Downtown Merced. Both the City and UC Merced have invested heavily in downtown, including the El Capitan Hotel, the UC Merced Venture Lab, and the new 67,400 sf Downtown Campus Center. More...

Professional Services

Tech/R&D Start-ups

Niche Retail

Food Services

North Merced

Heavy residential growth and home to major retailers such as Kohl's and Target. Hot spots include Merced Mall, The Promenade shopping center, and Mercy Medical Center (186 beds, built in 2010). More...

National Brand Retailers

Residential Shopping Centers

Food Services

Medical Services

Professional Services

Gateways Community

Residential and commercial arteries, including the Yosemite gateway (highway 140) and freeway frontage (highway 99). Area includes Merced County Fairgrounds and many major hotel chains. More...

Convenience Stores

Food Services

Auto Parts & Maintenance


Location Assistance 

The City has aggressively invested in infrastructure improvements and long-term planning to ensure that your business can operate at maximum efficiency from any location. Contact the Office of Economic Development for assistance in finding the best location and identifying cost-saving programs for your company's needs.

Contact Merced Economic Development at 209-385-6827