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Q: What is economic development?

A: 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 health.

Economic 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 community organizations.

Q. How can I find out more about expanding or relocating in San Luis Obispo?

A: Please contact Lee Jonson, Economic Development Manager by e-mail or phone at 805.781.7164. 

Q: What about the permitting process?

A: 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 you’re 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)… They’ve 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 successful project.”
—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.

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