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Mariposa County launches new development Web site

The Economic Development Corp. of Mariposa County in a strategic partnership with Mariposa County’s Business Development Department, said it created a new Web site ( to promote "smart growth" in Mariposa County.

The EDC is a local nonprofit with a volunteer board of directors that represents the private sector.

The EDC said its goal with the Web site is to attract businesses identified in the county's Economic Vitality Strategy as being "ideally suited" for Mariposa County. The strategy was the result of a community-wide effort that seeks to preserve the rural quality of life, while growing the economy and providing more job opportunities for local residents.

The Economic Vitality Strategy, available on the Web site, identifies three target industries: the arts, clean/green technology and local/visitor serving businesses featured in the Opportunities section.

Other sections on the Web site provide the basic information needed when determining where to start or relocate a business, such as details about Mariposa County and its communities and demographic data. In addition to providing a comprehensive overview of the county, the site also serves as a portal with its many links to other resources.

The EDC said initial targets for the Web site are the small business owners and entrepreneurs who are among the nearly four million tourists visiting the region each year.