STOCKTON — As the city of Manteca enters its 99th year, Mayor Steve DeBrum says the word that best describes it is “potential.”
That was the message DeBrum shared with business leaders at Manteca’s first ever State of the City address Wednesday morning, co-sponsored by the city of Manteca and Manteca Chamber of Commerce.
DeBrum called Manteca “a city on the rise” and listed several projects underway to improve the community’s economy.
On Monday, first-responder outfitter 5.11 Tactical broke ground on a new 404,000-square-foot warehouse in the CenterPoint Intermodal Center. Two other similar facilities have been proposed. One is 890,000 square feet; the other is 600,000 square feet.
Manteca has also welcomed a new Sizzler restaurant and Michelson Laboratories. Fitness Evolution is planning to open a new gym at Promenade Shops in the 30,000-square-foot space that used to house Best Buy.
Other businesses have expanded, such as Crothall Laundry, which opened in late 2014. That business now employs 225 people.
DeBrum said he will soon appoint a business committee to focus efforts on attract new business to Manteca. More than a third of Manteca’s workers commute every day for jobs outside the city, many for jobs in the Bay Area he said.
DeBrum pointed out the high cost of real estate in the Bay Area and said land in Manteca is less expensive and facilities can be built to suit; the proximity of I-5 provides easy access; and the city has a skilled workforce.
“We want to send a message to Silicon Valley, ‘Welcome to Manteca. We are open for business,’” he said.
DeBrum also announced that Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, the shopping center along SR 120, which has had difficulty filling its vacancies, is now for sale. DeBrum said several entities have already shown interest in the center.