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Meet the Man Charged With Growing Fresno’s Economic Footprint



Lance Lippincott is the former president/CEO of the Kings County Economic Development Corp. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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Lance Lippincott is the new person entrusted with growing Fresno’s economic footprint.

Lippincott comes to City Hall with strong knowledge of the Valley. He most recently served as president/CEO of the Kings County Economic Development Corp.

“I am very excited and honored to join the incredibly dynamic city of Fresno team. I look forward to learning of current business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts in the Fresno economy and how those efforts can be built upon going forward,” Lippincott said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

A graduate of Chico State and Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan, Lippincott succeeds Kelly Trevino, who was the city’s acting director of economic development.

While with Kings County, Lippincott also led that county’s job training office, where he designed and implemented new programs for businesses and residents.

What They’re Saying About Lippincott

“Lance brings a myriad of experience to this role. Many of his strengths are just what we need to boost economic development in Fresno in a big way. Lance is a bridge builder who knows the critical value of relationships and partnerships in development and economic vitality,” said Fresno City Manager Georgeanne White, who announced the appointment.

Lippincott’s duties include overseeing the department as it works in partnership to attract and incentivize new businesses, retain current businesses, and expand the city’s economic clout.

“I’m thrilled to have Lance joining our team and taking on this all-important role,” said Mayor Jerry Dyer. “Business attraction and retention are absolutely vital to the growth and prosperity of our city and are a top priority of my administration, and I know that Lance’s experience and his proven track record as a leader will help to take this department to the next level.”

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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