Strategic Partners


Brawley Community Foundation

Brawley is unique in that it already has its own community foundation, its origins independent from that of our own.  Nonetheless, they work closely with us to best serve the city of Brawley and we are proud to administer a fund for their benefit (the Brawley Community Foundation Fund).  To find out more about each member of the Brawley Community Foundation, click on a name.

Cali Baja Bi-National Mega-Region

The Cali Baja Bi-National Mega-Region is a globally unique bi-national location for business investments. CaliBaja encompasses the entire California - Baja, Mexico border region that includes San Diego County, Imperial County and Baja California in Mexico. 

With a combined population of more than 6.5 million, CaliBaja boasts the largest concentration of population along the U.S-Mexico border. CaliBaja provides access to the lucrative California and North American markets, is strategically located to access global markets in the Pacific Rim and is a gateway to the emerging Latin American markets.

California Business Investment Services - GO-Biz

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. 

California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED)

The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) is the premier statewide professional economic development organization dedicated to advancing its members’ ability to achieve excellence in delivering economic development services to their communities and business clients. CALED’s membership consists of public and private organizations and individuals involved in economic development: the business of creating and retaining jobs.

California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC)

CMTC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) in California to be more competitive in the global marketplace by consulting with them and providing comprehensive and objective assessment tools and resources in the areas of Quality Management and System Implementations, Strategic Business and Management, Lean Enterprise, Supply Chain Optimization, Information Technology and Workforce Development.  For more information, visit

CleanTECH San Diego

Cleantech San Diego is a nonprofit member organization that positions the greater San Diego region, including Imperial County, as a global leader in the cleantech economy. The organization achieves this by fostering collaborations across the private-public-academic landscape, leading advocacy efforts to promote cleantech priorities, and encouraging investment in the San Diego region.

Cleantech San Diego’s membership includes more than 100 local businesses, universities, governments, and nonprofits committed to advancing sustainable solutions for the benefit of the economy and the environment.

Coachella Valley Economic Partnership

Established in 1994, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) has emerged as a vital innovator of regional business and workforce development initiatives. The partnership promotes a diversified, year-round economy by facilitating programs that stimulate job creation in key industries through business attraction, retention and expansion, and unites business and education leaders to create well-trained and educated future workforce.

Export-Import Bank of US

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the official export credit agency of the United States. EXIM is an independent, self-sustaining Executive Branch agency with a mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating the export of U.S. goods and services.

When private sector lenders are unable or unwilling to provide financing, EXIM fills in the gap for American businesses by equipping them with the financing tools necessary to compete for global sales. In doing so, the Bank levels the playing field for U.S. goods and services going up against foreign competition in overseas markets, so that American companies can create more good-paying American jobs.

Because it is backed by the full faith and credit of the United States, EXIM assumes credit and country risks that the private sector is unable or unwilling to accept. The Bank’s charter requires that all transactions it authorizes demonstrate a reasonable assurance of repayment; the Bank consistently maintains a low default rate, and closely monitors credit and other risks in its portfolio.

Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC)

The Imperial County Transportation Commission was established under Senate Bill 607 (SB 607 - Ducheny) which was approved by the California Legislature and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009. As a county transportation commission, ICTC member agencies are enabled to exercise basic initiative and leadership in the transportation planning and programming process. The ICTC will act in accordance with all applicable laws and statutes for county transportation commissions. ICTC body will guide the development of the Regional Transportation Plan for the Imperial region and its Regional, State and Federal transportation improvement programs (TIPs) and their updates.

Imperial County Joint Chambers

The Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce is a non-profit organization founded as a collaboration of regional chambers of commerce located within the County of Imperial. The intent of the Joint Chambers is for its member chambers to work together with the goal of promoting the Imperial Valley as a whole. Current members include the Brawley, Calexico, El Centro, Imperial, and Westmorland Chambers of Commerce. Their combined focus is on business development, tourism, and legislative advocacy.

Imperial County Workforce Development Board

The Workforce Development Board serves as an advisory board to the County of Imperial Board of Supervisors.  WDB members are appointed to serve by their respective Board of Supervisor. The Board is comprised of community leaders representing private industry, nonprofits, and public agencies.  The Workforce Investment Board is mandated by federal legislation to oversee public investments in employment and training programs. This responsibility is accomplished through the activities of the Imperial County Workforce Development Offices.

Imperial Regional Alliance, Inc.

This corporation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person.  It is organized under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable and public purposes.  This corporation is organized exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).  Notwithstanding any other provision of these By-laws, this corporation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, carry on or engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the purposes of this corporation, and the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (i) by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law); (ii) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

Imperial Valley Community Foundation
 The Imperial Valley Community Foundation is proud to be Imperial Valley's leading philanthropic organization and facilitator of charitable giving and community needs. We encourage, support and facilitate meaningful dialogue on issues affecting each of our communities, and work with philanthropists to develop creative solutions to meet critical community needs. 

Since our inception, the Imperial Valley Community Foundation has helped public-spirited citizens find ways to address community problems. We now manage nearly thirty funds. Through them, our donors support numerous organizations and serve a variety of extraordinary causes. Our donors and funds all share a common purpose: to make Imperial Valley a better place to live, work and play.

Imperial Valley Farm Bureau

Imperial County Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, non-profit, voluntary membership organization whose purpose is to protect and promote agricultural interests in Imperial County as well as the state and nation, through public relations, education and advocacy in order to suport the economic advancement of agriculture balanced with appropriate management of natural resources.

Imperial County Farm Bureau is part of the California Farm Bureau Federation, which is composed of 53 county Farm Bureaus representing a total of about 85,000 members throughout the state. Farm Bureau strives to protect and improve the abilities of farmers and ranchers to provide a safe and reliable supply of food and fiber through responsible stewardship of our natural resources.

San Diego Imperial District Export Council

The San Diego & Imperial DEC provides local leadership in international trade to the San Diego community through its 25 plus member council of international trade veterans and experts, who are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The Council and its members support international trade education and advocacy to support the growth of international trade in the San Diego region. Using its unique relationship with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service, the DEC supports export promotion through community outreach and works with local trade organizations to support international trade counseling and education.

San Diego Regional EDC

San Diego Regional EDC's mission is to maximize the region’s economic prosperity and global competitiveness. As an independently funded non-profit organization, EDC promotes the region, facilitates corporate expansion across diverse industry sectors and supports the talent pool that drives their success.

Service Corps Of Retired Executives (SCORE)

San Diego SCORE is the premier source of free small business advice for entrepreneurs. We are a volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the success of small business in both San Diego and Imperial Counties.

SCORE mentors provide free and confidential business assistance to both prospective entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. We also conduct a variety of low-cost workshops that address many of the essential techniques necessary for establishing and managing a successful business.

San Diego SCORE is part of a national association which serves as a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration

Small Business Development Center

The Imperial Valley SBDC is a non-profit organization supported by the United States Small Business Administration and through local support from City of Brawley, City of Calexico, City of El Centro, County of Imperial, Sun Community Federal Credit Union, Union Bank of California, Rabobank, and Imperial Irrigation District.

Much of the Center's management and technical assistance is educational in nature designed to help business people make the decisions that lead to financial and personal success. While the Center's goal is to help prevent problems before they occur, our counselors are dedicated to developing solutions for businesses experiencing difficulties.

By assisting new and existing small business firms, the Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center helps to promote economic growth and improved quality of life for Imperial Valley residents and while contributing to the stability and growth of the economy of California.

Southern Low Desert RC&D

Southern Low Desert RC&D is a nonprofit public benefit Corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for public and charitable purposes. The Council is organized to provide local leadership, under the auspices of federal RC&D legislation, to coordinate and use facilities and techniques to aid in planning and carrying out a balanced program of development of natural and human resources to meet local, state and national needs. Such facilities and techniques may be available under current federal, state and local programs or may be instituted as new programs. The Council objective is to ensure the orderly development, improvement, conservation and utilization of natural resources of the Area, and to promote the development of economic and other opportunities for the people of the Area.


TeamCalifornia is a private, non-profit California membership-based corporation that brings together economic development organizations from across the state to market their communities for business investment and job creation in California. TeamCalifornia’s members are important advocates and resources for business development in California; they know how to expedite projects and are invaluable sources of information for site location assistance anywhere in the state.

USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development are committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through our programs, we help rural Americans in many ways. We offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to support essential services such as housing, economic development, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure. We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. We provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs. We help rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes.

USDA Rural Development has a $212 billion portfolio of loans. We will administer $38 billion in loans, loan guarantees and grants through our programs in the current fiscal year.

World Trade Center San Diego

World Trade Center San Diego (WTCSD) is Southern California’s leading international trade association with direct access to the largest international trade network in the world. The organization offers the San Diego region services that allow businesses to gain key global contacts, research and tools to enhance international competitiveness. WTCSD provides comprehensive international business services and global lead-generation to facilitate and expand business internationally for regional clients. WTCSD helps businesses start or expand upon their international operations. 

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