Fresno is a Central California city of approximately 500,000. While many objective measures point to the city’s distress, including concentrated poverty, structural unemployment, high vacancy rates, and disinvestment in the city’s core, Fresno is undeniably a city on the rise. Under the leadership of the mayor, Fresno has identified a vision for its future and is taking important steps to achieve this vision. City staff are focusing their efforts on downtown revitalization, smart growth strategies, and neighborhood revitalization. They have placed a heavy emphasis on regional development and collaboration with the public, private, and philanthropic sectors.