Center for Economic Development at CSU, Chico

The Center for Economic Development (CED) was founded in September 1986. The Center’s founder, Dr. John Sanzone, understood the need for targeted technical assistance, particularly in Northern California, and this theme has continued over the CED’s 31 years. The CED has also established partnerships with workforce development, STEM agencies (science, technology, engineering, & math), as well as green project coordinators.

As Northern California continues to grow demographically and economically, the Center for Economic Development (CED) at CSU, Chico is committed to helping communities prepare and plan for future growth. Helping communities and businesses in planning, community development, employment generation, natural resource management, workforce development, alternative energy advancement, and leadership training is the CED’s goal.


Technical and business assistance services for manufacturers in Northern California, focusing in particular on food and beverage manufacturers.