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The Golden Age of McClellan Air Force Base

At its peak, McClellan Air Force Base was a significant economic engine and one of the largest employers in Sacramento, employing both civilian and military personnel. The base was the single largest industrial facility in Northern California, employing up to 26,000 people as it operated as a logistical depot for over 60 years. However, McClellan's future as a viable military base was abruptly brought to an end.

McClellan Park | History
McClellan Park | History


The end of an era; in 1995, it was announced that McClellan Air Force Base would be closed as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process. As a result, 11,600 jobs were lost. This was devastating to the local economy, resulting in a loss of $1.5 billion annually. The announced closure of McClellan effectively paralyzed development throughout the North Highlands area, adding to fears of additional blight and higher crime. However, thanks to vital partnerships formed between the Air Force, Sacramento County and McClellan Business Park, the facility was not shuttered completely. A Hot Transfer concept was initiated where private businesses were brought into vacant buildings even prior to official closure. This critical transition process allowed McClellan to retain a minimum level of employment, and for growth to begin even prior to the base's official closing.

McClellan Park | History
McClellan Park | History


Six years after the official closure, McClellan Air Force Base is now McClellan Business Park, a growing business enclave that hosts a diverse mix of companies spread across more than 8 million square feet of space of all types. This former military facility is now home to hundreds of private companies, as well as state, federal and local government agencies and has become a magnet for private investment.

A total of $580 million dollars has been invested across the project in infrastructure and building improvements. This amount reflects direct investments of over $208 million from tenants, $280 million dollars from McClellan Business Park and $88 million dollars in grants from several state and federal agencies, Office of Economic Adjustment, Economic Development Agency, and Environmental Services Cooperative Agreement. 230 tenants employ an expanding workforce estimated at 15,000 daily visitors; companies include Surewest, Northrop Grumman, J.C. Penney, The USDA Wildfire Academy, Beutler Heat and Air, Regional Transit, California Department of Transportation, Cal Fire, The US Coast Guard, AAR ATICS, General Dynamics, XO Jets, Flight Options, Ozark Trucking, Patriot Rail, SMUD, Twin Rivers School District, Americorp and many more. 70% of McClellan Park's available space is currently occupied. This revitalization is the direct result of a successful partnership between Sacramento County and developer McClellan Business Park.

McClellan Park | History
McClellan Park | History

The Future

A healthy and prosperous McClellan Park means a vibrant and thriving North Highlands community. As one of the most successful conversions of a former military base in the country, McClellan Park has the entitlements to construct an additional 6,000,000 s.f. of new buildings, creating the potential to employ a workforce of 35,000 at full capacity. Because of the symbiotic relationship with Sacramento County, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, the United States Air Force, and the surrounding community of North Highlands, continued development of the Park will continue to bring jobs and is essential to improve the surrounding community in the essential areas of blight mitigation, infrastructure improvement and job growth. Further investment is paramount for the future growth and success of McClellan Park and the North Sacramento region.

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