Community Development
Acting Director - J.D. Hightower
City Of Manteca

Economic News

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A development agreement that will allow 250 homes a year to be built as part of the 1,301-home Griffin Park project is before the Manteca Planning Commission on Tuesday.

The commission when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. will decide whether the development agreement for the 299-acre low density project is consistent with Manteca’s general plan that serves as a blueprint to guide growth.​

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From Cows to Distribution

A decade ago there wasn’t much activity on the 190 acres on the southwest corner of Airport Way and Roth Road except for a few cows milling around at a dairy that was on its last legs.

Today it is a different story as that 190 acres — now known as CenterPoint Business Park — is the hottest business park property in Manteca when it comes to distribution centers.

5.11 Tactical ​opened its 404,657-square-foot global distribution center in 2018 that has the ability to expand by another 134,000 feet.​

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Epicenter for Growth

Make no mistake about it.  The epicenter for population growth in the Northern San Joaquin Valley is Manteca-Lathrop.

In 2018, the two cities added a combined 4,034 residents — 2,759 in Manteca and 1,255 in Lathrop. That compares with Tracy that added 1,968 residents last year and Stockton that grew by 2,508 based on state Department of Finance estimates. Manteca, on its own, was the fastest growing city in the three-county Northern San Joaquin Valley.

If growth levels flat-lined based on 2018 activity in the 209, Manteca that had a population of 83,781 on Jan. 1, 2019 will top 100,000 residents sometime in 2025. ​

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Wayfinding Signs Leading the Way

If an out-of-town visitor trying to reach Bass Pro Shops exits Highway 99 and heads westbound on Lathrop Road by mistake, they now can find their destination without having to stop to ask for directions.

The first of 46 wayfaring signs have been placed at key locations throughout Manteca to provide directions to city attractions. The red white and blue signs made of 80 mil aluminum placed on black poles designed to duplicate the look of the decorative downtown street lights should all be in place within the next few weeks.

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An update on the $180 million Great Wolf Lodge project that when it opens will become Manteca’s biggest source of municipal tax revenue and the city’s second largest private employer will be provided during a community meeting on Thursday, July 11.

Great Wolf representatives will be in attendance at the 6 p.m. gathering at the Civic Center council chambers, 1001 W. Center St., to provide the community a status report. It will touch on employee recruitment information, important milestone dates, as well as new features being offered at resort.​

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Growing Manteca

Manteca added 2,759 residents last year for the 14th largest numeric population gain for California’s 482 cities.

That gain that brought Manteca’s population to 83,781 residents as of Jan. 1, 2019, represents a 38 percent larger growth in population than in 2017 when the city added 1,996 residents.

That means Manteca’s population has more than doubled in the past 29 years. The city had 40,773 residents in 1990. Manteca is six times larger than it was in 1970 when it had 13,284 residents — 3,329 less residents than Ripon’s current population of 16,613 residents.​

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A Santana Row experience — Manteca-style — may be developed by adding apartments and condos to The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley.

Santana Row in San Jose has high density housing surrounding a core area that serves as a gathering place for residents that provides commercial, services, dining, and entertainment venues. If such a scenario in Manteca happens it would essentially create a second “downtown” area or “city center” style experience for Manteca with the potential for a much more robust night life and seven-day-a-week buzz.

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Manteca CA is open for business and has just been named 21st in the Country for economic growth.

With over 650 houses being built a year, new logistic businesses like Amazon and Medline, the landing of Great Wolf Lodge, a 500 room hotel and resort with an indoor water park expected to bring over 600 jobs, and a steady flow of new residents coming from the Bay Area to take advantage of Great homes at incredible prices, Manteca is back on the map. Located at the heart of the Central Valley and located near highways, railways and shipping facilities, and an airport, Manteca is a great location to launch or grow your business. 

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