Economic Development

Ventura City Hall, City of San Buenaventura


The City of Ventura is here to assist you.  Whether you're an existing business, entrepreneur, or property owner, we can help! We will assist you with data collection, site selection, job placement, permitting, business development and more!

Our Vision

The five-year economic development strategic plan is our blueprint for success. In the post-redevelopment landscape, it is critical that we explore innovative economic development strategies; this document seeks to do just that. It is a “living” plan that will be used as a tool to evaluate progress over the five year period.

Our plan focuses on six key areas:

  • Responsive and Effective Government;
  • Tourism, Retail, and Quality of Life;
  • Entrepreneurship and Economic Gardening;
  • Healthcare and Biomedical;
  • Manufacturing;
  • Regional Agriculture and Food

Each of the 81 action items in the plan is rooted in one of the following economic development approaches: business creation/entrepreneurship, business retention and expansion, and business attraction. What does this mean? We want to help entrepreneurs launch their companies here, we want to help existing businesses thrive here, and we want new businesses to locate here!

The strategy will be updated on an annual basis as projects are completed or refined. An annual review will provide flexibility in allowing new economic development opportunities to be integrated into the strategy over the next five years.

View the 2013-2018 Economic Development Strategy

Contact us

Leigh A. Eisen
Economic Development Manager
(805) 677-3947

501 Poli Street

Ventura, CA 93001