Business & Economic Development
Grass Valley and Nevada County are proud of the area’s diversified economy. The gold rush days left a rich historical legacy in our beautifully forested region. Today Tourism, and the related Services sector, has emerged as the area’s number one industry. And yet thousands of people work in retail and wholesale, trade, engineering, manufacturing, construction, other businesses, and various levels of government. In addition to the broad base of “high tech” electronic companies, the community is recognizing the emergence of new industries such as alternative energy sources and other innovative products.
The area also boasts a diverse agriculture industry. As miners focused on gold, others discovered the fertile lands of Nevada County. Farmers planted orchards, vegetables and other produce. Ranchers brought in cattle, sheep, and other livestock. While the percentage of land dedicated to agriculture has significantly decreased over the last few decades, agriculture continues to be an important aspect of the area’s economy. Local produce and agricultural products, including many natural and organics, are available at numerous farmers markets and through local stores. During the past decade Nevada County has become known for its growing, high quality wine industry.
The Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber’s mission and commitment is
To this end, the Chamber partners with numerous organizations and agencies focused on Doing Business in Nevada County.
To represent and provide the business community with leadership and resources in order to
enhance the quality of and the economic health of our community.
The Chamber’s monthly Chamber Connection newsletter focusing on promoting local businesses is distributed to members and inserted in the local Union newspaper.
The Political Voice section provides information and links to the various local, state and federal organizations and representatives serving our community.
A variety of Employment Services provide information regarding job opportunities and employment resources.