- Thu, 12/01/2011 - 09:25
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Strategically located in rural Northern California, Redding embodies what some might think is impossible. It is a modern, progressive city of 90,000 that boasts culture, commerce and an excellent quality of life, with a “small-town feel” in the heart of unsurpassed recreational paradise.
As the largest metropolitan area north of Sacramento, Redding is a thriving regional center and is perfectly positioned midway between Seattle and Los Angeles for manufacturers serving the West Coast.
Founded in 1887, Redding was rooted in the booming timber and mining trades of yesteryear. Those have given way to the City as a regional hub for retail services, education, government and health care. It boasts a community college, two private universities and two major medical centers, as well as several regional shopping facilities. Redding strives to be business friendly and has taken a major stride in that direction with the creation of Stillwater Business Park, a 678-acre “shovel-ready,” fully entitled development. The City also has utilized the Redding Redevelopment Agency to aid in the creation of new and expanded business opportunities through infrastructure assistance as well as helping create more affordable housing.
Although just minutes from the finest recreational offerings in California, Redding has placed a high priority on providing parks and cultural amenities within the city limits. It has taken great advantage of the scenic Sacramento River, which winds through the heart of the City, constructing an award-winning pedestrian trail system that is well-used by those of all ages. At the heart of the Sacramento River Trail is the one-of-a-kind Sundial Bridge, designed by world-renowned architect/artist Santiago Calatrava.
Although Redding’s small-town feel is steeped in history, it is on the cutting edge in the services it provides to its citizens. Its publicly owned Redding Electric Utility provides power at among the lowest rates in California, in part generated by its own modern power plant. Redding Municipal Airport draws much of its own electricity from a three-acre “solar farm” located on the property. And, it has invested significantly in improving its bridges, roadways and other infrastructure in recent years.
For more information about the City of Redding, please visit www.cityofredding.info.