What is economic development?
Economic development is the creation and maintenance of a healthy
economy, including income generation. However, a vibrant economy
depends on the health of its community, including its social and
physical environment. San Luis Obispo enjoys a superior quality of
life by investing heavily in its economic, social, and environmental
development is the responsibility of both the public and private
sectors. Successful economic development is a community-wide effort
by all stakeholders in San Luis Obispo government, business, and
How can I find out more about expanding or relocating in San Luis
Please contact Lee Jonson, Economic Development Manager by
or phone at 805.781.7164.
What about the permitting process?
The City of San Luis Obispo is committed to high-quality customer
service, especially in the area of permit processing. Training City
staff to respond quickly to requests has meant a faster turnaround
time producing positive results within the business sector.
If youre ready
to expand your business but are concerned about the permit process,
let these comments, taken from a recent survey, put you at ease.
The City has been wonderful to us in fast-tracking our
project through (the expansion process)
Theyve been terrific
in working with.
Lucia Cleveland, The Spice Hunter
From City Council to staff levels, everyone was cooperative
and responsive, and they approved our fairly sizable project
virtually on schedule. They were courteous and professional every
step of the way. Staff stayed in touch with us and really kept the
permit process moving.
Richard Armfield, KSBY-TV
While we had many competing issues in annexing our service
center property, City staff worked closely with us to resolve the
issues and complete the project. They responded quickly and
courteously and helped turn a potentially difficult process into a
Bob Burke, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
"We were most pleased with our dealings with the City
of San Luis Obispo. Thanks to the way the City worked with
our architect and builder, it made our project run smooth and
pleasant. Besides the relaxed atmosphere, less congestion
and fresher air, working with the City made our decision to move
here a happy one."
-Jack and Felicia Cashin, Ultra Stereo Labs, Inc.