San Joaquin Valley Interregional Goods Movement Plan
Located in the central part of California, the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) region is composed of 8 counties (Kern, Kings, Tulare, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin) and 62 cities, of which Fresno, Bakersfield, Modesto, and Stockton have populations in excess of 200,000. It is California’s fastest-growing region, with a population of over 4 million that is anticipated to grow to about 6.05 million by 20401. The SJV has a diverse internal economy and plays a major role in the distribution of agricultural products, processed food, and energy products throughout California, the United States, and the world. The region also has a burgeoning logistics and distribution industry. A number of companies have located large regional and national distribution centers in the SJV to take advantage of relatively inexpensive land and low-cost labor, good access to the national rail and interstate highway networks, connections to major deepwater ports in Oakland, Los Angeles, and Long Beach, and proximity to major consumer markets in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. Clearly, efficient goods movement is important to the long-term success of the SJV economy.