Points of Progress

Development booms as part of San Joaquin rebranding strategy

Back Article Dec 23, 2014 By Kevin McKenna

Here’s a look at key developments in the northern San Joaquin Valley, which has dubbed itself “Greater Silicon Valley.”


  • 2012 population: 19,141
  • River Islands, the largest mixed-use master-planned community in Northern California, includes 11,000 homes, a 300-acre technology campus, up to nine new schools and on-site access to recreation on the Delta. A planned business park could eventually add 13,000 jobs.


  • 2012 population: 62,473
  • Trinchero Family Estates, the fourth-largest wine seller in the country, is spending $300 million to upgrade its west-side winery and build a new central bottling and distribution center.


  • 2012 population: 71,067
  • Thousands of homes are planned for Austin Road Business Park and Residential Community, a 1,050-acre development with 8 million square feet of industrial, commercial and office space.


  • 2012 population: 297,239
  • A federal judge approved Stockton’s plan to exit bankruptcy in late October, allowing the city to move forward in its recovery. Large-scale projects underway include
  • NorCal Logistics Center, a 474-acre site that may one day include up to 8.2 million square feet of logistics facilities and distribution space; and Airport East, a 550-acre, master-planned business park at Stockton Metropolitan Airport. That project will include 8.5 million square feet of office, research and development, manufacturing, cargo and retail space.


  • 2012 population: 84,669
  • At build-out, the 1,700-acre Cordes Ranch business park will have a projected 36 million square feet of commercial and light industrial space and up to 30,000 jobs — doubling the city’s current employment force.
  • E-commerce titan Amazon will employ 1,000 in its 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in the Northeast Industrial Area.


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