Welcome to Tuolumne County

Stretching from the foothills of Central California to the crest of the Sierra Nevada, Tuolumne County is not only a beautiful place to live and work but it is a recreation lovers paradise. Tuolumne County consists of many historic gold mining towns, pristine Emigrant Wilderness, and the world renowned Yosemite National Park.

Year-round recreational opportunities provide something for everyone—skiing, snowboarding, boating, canoeing, walking, hiking, fishing or just strolling around town where you can experience our historic business districts and unique neighborhoods. All of this provides a rich quality of life for you and your employees.

Tuolumne County is often recognized as one of California’s best small arts communities, with a vibrant performance and visual arts scene.

Businesses, large and small, are varied and growing. They include high-tech industry, recreational, food and timber processing, non-polluting manufacturing, and a vigorous retail and service sector.

Come and experience our county, our commitment and our community spirit.

About the Economic Development Authority

The Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority (a.k.a – EDA) promotes the County of Tuolumne, including the City of Sonora, as a dynamic business location and provides your business with essential information that is needed when locating or expanding your business in the Sierra – Mother Lode Region of California.  Where are we located?

Location Map

Mission Statement

Promote a diverse and growing economy by pursuing business retention, expansion, and attraction that enhances quality of life in Tuolumne County.

Purpose Statement

The TCEDA is vested with the power to effectively implement, coordinate and administer general economic development programs within the County of Tuolumne, State of California, including the City of Sonora, in accordance with local, state and federal laws.  General economic development programs shall include, but are not limited to: 1) business retention and expansion; 2) business attraction; 3) business assistance programs; 4) identification of appropriate locations for and creation of “shovel ready” commercial and industrial properties including but not limited to adaptive reuse; 5) support the creation, expansion and rehabilitation of public infrastructure needed to support and sustain local business and industry (e.g. roads, water, power, sewer, telecommunications, etc.); 6) assist with educational and training opportunities tailored to equip and support the community’s workforce; and 7) pursuit of funding sources to facilitate all of the above.  In carrying out its general mission of economic development, the goals, policies and implementation programs of the TCEDA shall be generally consistent with those contained in the Economic Development Element of the Tuolumne County General Plan and Economics Element of the City of Sonora General Plan. 

 Major areas of focus:

  • Create high value, high wage jobs;
  • Diversify the local economy;
  • Increase the local tax base; and
  • Anticipate our economic future.

We look forward to providing you and your business a wealth of information and resources designed to help your business succeed in Tuolumne County.

Larry Cope
Director of Economic Development
Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority

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