HSR Builders Open Fresno Office
It may not be the groundbreaking, but it’s still an economic boost as the high speed rail contractors haveopened their downtown Fresno office:
Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons, the team of firms hired to design and build the first 29 miles of high-speed rail in the Fresno-Madera area, was welcomed to downtown Fresno with an open house Tuesday.
About two dozen managers and engineers from the three companies have relocated to Fresno in recent weeks, settling into offices on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the Grand Tower, the former San Joaquin Power Co. building at Tuolumne and Fulton streets. The number of employees will eventually balloon to as many as 250 as staff are added to handle engineering and construction supervision chores.
250 staff is a significant number for a downtown like Fresno – that’s the equivalent to a mid-size corporation opening up an office. Those staff will be spending money downtown and elsewhere in Fresno, providing a boost to the local economy. It’s not a huge boost, but it’s not a small one either, and will provide some welcome customers for downtown businesses.
The point of even writing about this office opening is to serve as a reminder of what will happen when construction gets under way later this year. Construction on the Fresno section is estimated to create 20,000 jobs which will be a major economic stimulus for a region badly in need of it. Central Valley Republican members of Congress may not care about the economic needs of their constituents. But the legislature and the governor clearly do, and thanks to their efforts, Fresno is about to get a much needed economic jolt. This downtown office is just one step in that direction.