Business View Civil and Municipal | Volume 2, Issue 12

67 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 11 Patterson, C A L I F O R N I A Primed for the future B eginning around 2010 Patterson, California started to experience substantial growth in the industrial and residential sectors and by year 2012, Patterson’s transition from an agricultural/resource-based economy to a more diversified economy was in full swing, anchored in large part by manufacturing and warehouse/distribution activity. By 2012, approximately 1,500 industrial jobs had been created and 450 new jobs in the retail and service sectors as well. The increase in the number and diversity of employment opportunities precipitated a demand for additional housing, resulting in the construction of a substantial amount of new housing, which in turn resulted in the demand for additional retail and services. “One of the most important characteristics of Patterson’s recent growth is that it has all been well planned growth,” Ken Irwin, Patterson’s City Manager, explains. “There was always an underlying master plan and financing plan in place for new infrastructure developments and improvements in order that AT A GLANCE PATTERSON, CALIFORNIA WHAT: A growing, forward-thinking small city; population 23,304 as of 1/1/21 WHERE: Stanislaus County, part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area WEBSITE: