Home to five of the top ten agricultural producing counties in the world, and the birthplace of many irrigation and agriculture production innovations, the Central San Joaquin Valley literally feeds the world. Yet, water and energy challenges continue to confront the region.  Water and energy are keys to sustaining the Central San Joaquin Valley’s ability to provide the world’s food supply.

Necessity is the mother of invention.  The Central San Joaquin Valley has the resources, talent and drive to develop the ideas that stem from a deep understanding of the issues that confront the region and the need to find solutions.  The natural resources of the region make the Central San Joaquin Valley the ideal environment to develop and test important water, energy and agricultural technologies.  The region has, for example, well established industry clusters, especially relative to water.  The International Center for Water Technology (ICWT) and the Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) at CSU Fresno are among the leading water and fluid science technology research, development and testing programs in the world today.

The region is also home to the newest and tenth University of California campus, UC Merced. UC Merced hosts the globally-renowned Sierra Nevada Research Institute, as well as the University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar) and the UC Merced Energy Research Institute (UCMERI). The faculty, staff and students at UC Merced are dedicated to developing new knowledge and innovative technologies that address the needs of the Central San Joaquin Valley and the world, and to fulfilling UC Merced’s mission of research, education, and public service. 


iHub Coordinator:

Marianne Dunklin
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Central Valley Business Incubator
1630 East Shaw Avenue
Suite 163
Fresno, CA 93710
(559) 292.9033