Economic Development

Experience the Butte County Advantage: Butte County, California is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. The County is committed to protecting and enhancing agriculture as the backbone of the local economy and for the open spaces that make Butte County a beautiful place to live and work.


A Skilled Labor Force

Butte County businesses are fortunate to be able to draw from a large labor pool with well diversified skills. Based on information provided by the Employment Development Department, Butte County pulls labor force from throughout Butte County as well as portions of neighboring counties, bringing the total laborshed for the area to approximately 171,716 individuals. The demographics for Butte County point to a labor force that is well educated, with approximately 64% of the population obtaining some level of college education compared to approximately 60% for California.

Hiring and Retention

Butte County partners with the Alliance for Workforce Development (AFWD) to assist businesses with hiring and retention needs including:

  • Access to a job applicant pool database
  • Customized recruitment
  • Job fairs
  • Human resource tools and training

Visit the Business Resources page for additional organizations that assist business with hiring and retention in Butte County.


Businesses have access to many workforce training services in Butte County. The County partners with the Alliance for Workforce Development (AFWD) to provide workforce training services.

The AFWD offers training services to employees including management of the Butte County subsidized employment programs. The subsidized employment program allows businesses to hire employees, provide on the job training, and receive assistance with the employees wage for up to 6 months. Contact AFWD to see if your business can utilize the subsidized employment program. Other training services offered by the AFWD include:

  • Management and team sessions
  • Human resource sessions
  • Customer service sessions
  • Internet-based learning
  • On the job training

In addition to the AFWD, The Training Place at Butte College and the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) assists businesses to develop employee knowledge, skills and ability.

Visit The Training Place to see if your employees can benefit from existing classes or let The Training Place customize training for your organization.

Visit the Butte College SBDC to learn about available services, workshops and trainings.

Visit the Business Resources page for additional organizations that assist businesses with workforce training in Butte County.

One Stop Employment Centers for Job Seekers

Chico Community Employment Center
2445 Carmichael Drive Chico, CA 95928

Oroville - Table Mountain Oroville Community Employment Center
78 Table Mountain Blvd Oroville, CA 95965

Oroville - Baldwin Employment Development Department
2348 Baldwin Avenue Oroville, CA 95965


Casey Hatcher
Economic and Community Development Manager

 Location and Hours

Economic Development
25 County Center Drive
Suite 200
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Excludes Holidays

Get In Touch

Casey Hatcher
Economic and Community Development Manager
25 County Center Dr. Ste. 200, Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: 530.552.3336 | Email:

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