South San Joaquin Valley: A Growth Platform for Industries

The South Valley Industrial Collaborative (SVIC) is a partnership for community excellence whose purpose is to provide a platform to build industry-led, industry-driven, and community-supported partnerships which strengthen economies in the South San Joaquin Valley.

The South Valley Industrial Collaborative provides a sub-regional platform for San Joaquin Valley industry and businesses to collaborate and connect with regional, state and national partner organizations to support the region's efforts of being a globally competitive location for manufacturing and industrial jobs.

Key priorities for the SVIC Focus Teams:

  • Talent Acquisition, Development & Retention

  • Policies and Regulations Impacting Business

  • Infrastructure


SVIC - Quarterly Meetings

 January 14, 2022- Quarterly Meeting

April 22, 2022- 5th Annual South Valley Industrial Summit
Visalia Marriott at the Convention Center

300 S. Court St.

Visalia, CA 93291

July 15, 2022 - Quarterly Meeting

October 14, 2022- Quarterly Meeting

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August 13, 2021- Virtual Event

May 14, 2021- Virtual Event


Just a few of them!

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Regional Buyer & Inventory Management, Hydrite Chemical Co 

Board Chairman, Visalia Economic Development Corporation 

Board Member, South Valley Industrial Collaborative

Lisa Walsh

Having moved here from the Midwest in 2014 I have found a community thriving through its commitment to, and support of,  industrial growth through shared knowledge, success, and education.  Supporting our Workforce Investment Board as an Industry Advisor lead into becoming a board member of the South Valley Industrial Collaborative.  The SVIC has since become a 501 (c) 6 organization,  successfully completing a Feasibility Study for an Industry Lead Training Facility.  A study completed with the generosity of the James Irvine Foundation.   This organization has helped me grow my knowledge and helped me with other community activities especially those that relate to educating the workforce of the future.  Please consider taking the opportunity to use your experience to make a difference in the Central San Joaquin Valley by attending our meetings, events, or join our board.


Regional Human Resources Manager

 Saputo Cheese USA Inc. / Saputo Dairy Foods USA, LLC

Carmen Herrera

I am passionate about providing career and professional development to our workforce and community. Being part of the SVIC provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with other business leaders, educators, economic and workforce development agencies; creating opportunities to improve the skill set of our local workforce, support local business talent gaps and attract new businesses to the South San Joaquin Valley.


CEO, Kings County Economic Development Corporation

Lance Lippincott

Partnerships, whether local or regional, are critical in providing an effective and robust service to support business growth and expansion.


Senior Vice President of Human Resources , California Dairies Inc.


Lowell Richardson

I am proud to have been a founding member of the SVIC and the Senior Vice President of Human Resources, California Dairies, Inc. The growth in the region, the ongoing need to enhance our manufacturing and agricultural sectors, and the collaboration that SVIC supports will continue to be critical to that growth. I look forward to hearing about ongoing successes thanks to the SVIC.

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Past President, Kings County Economic Development Corporation

John Lehn

We always accomplish much more – much faster by working together to solve common problems. This Summit brings together the best minds in manufacturing, processing and the art of creating things. You are strongly encouraged to lend your expertise and to draw from other attendees.


General Manager, JOANN Stores LLC Visalia Distribution Center

Chairman of the Industrial Advisory to the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare Co.

Bruce Nicotero

The Southern San Joaquin Valley is a great place to do business.  Being a part of the South Valley Industrial Collaborative gives our industry partners an opportunity to take advantage of connections to local government, educators, Chambers of Commerce, the Workforce Investment Board and economic development organizations.  These connections give us a voice to address issues that impact our ability to stay competitive and to learn from each other - best practices and ways to improve our efficiencies and lower the cost of doing business.  Please join us as we grow this organization to work for industry in the South Valley.

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Economic Development Manager

City of Visalia

Devon Jones

The South Valley is a tight knit community where folks work together really well and the SVIC is a great example of that camaraderie in action. I’m excited to see what growth may occur as a result of so many industrial employers and public agencies coming together to advance industrial jobs across the region.

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Executive Director

Tulare County Workforce Investment Board

Adam Peck

Our Workforce Board needs industry to articulate specific needs in regards to a skilled workforce. SVIC plays a crucial role in informing the WIB's investments so that we are laser-focused on building the skills of our workforce so that industrial businesses can thrive. 

Gurminder Sangha, SN - Advanced Mfg 2018


South Valley Industrial Collaborative 

Gurminder Sangha

#WorkingBetterTogether is the motto of the South Valley Industrial Collaborative (SVIC) and its partners embody the spirit of its motto and practice it every day.  SVIC is a partnership for community excellence founded on the core principles of the Next Generation Sector Partnerships, SVIC partners are committed to working collaboratively to grow businesses and prosperity in the region. 


Bruce Nicotero

Chair, South Valley Industrial Collaborative



2500 N. Plaza Drive

Visalia, CA 93291


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