Economic Development

City of Ventura Economic Development -



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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

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Join Us

The Economic Development Committee, a subcommittee of the Ventura City Council, meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at 2pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall. These meetings are an opportunity to review our progress and hear from our community partners. You can find 2016-17 meeting information and agendas by clicking on the dates below.  Meeting information and agendas from prior meetings are available here.

2017 Economic Development Committee Meeting Schedule
January 3, 2017 - CANCELLED
February 7, 2017 - 2pm
March 7, 2017 - 2pm
April 4, 2017 - CANCELLED
May 2, 2017 - 2pm
June 6, 2017 - 2pm

Contact Us

Office of the City Manager

501 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001

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


Rosie Ornelas
Management Analyst

(805) 677-3958