Paul Saldana, who has served as President & CEO of the Tulare County Economic Development Corporation for the past 20 years, will be retiring from his position effective October 31 to pursue projects to advance emerging industries in the post pandemic economy.   Hired just before the 9/11 economic downturn, Saldana has shepherded the EDC through recoveries, recessions, natural disasters and now through the global pandemic.

“Paul has been a champion for Tulare County’s economy for two decades and his contributions to our economic resilience will continue to be felt for decades to come” stated EDC Board Chairman Scott Harness in response to the announcement.

Immediate Past Chairman Colby Wells added “Paul’s professional reputation nationally and statewide has positioned the EDC as one of the top economic development organizations in North America and he leaves the EDC with strong financial reserves, an unprecedented number of business attraction opportunities and a strategic plan that will continue to position the EDC well into the future”.

Later this month, the EDC will be recognized as an “Economic Development Organization” of the Year by the International Economic Development Council “a fitting tribute to the hard work, dedication and leadership that Paul has contributed to the EDC” Harness stated.

“I am grateful to have worked to bring jobs and economic growth to the residents of Tulare County and am looking forward to continuing to make contributions to that economic growth in a new role” Saldana commented.

The EDC Board of Directors will celebrate Saldana’s contributions to Tulare County at their Board meeting on October 28, 2020.  The EDC Board will conduct a national search for the President & CEO position and hopes to have the position filled by the start of the new year.