Expand / Locate a New Business in Paso Robles
In 2005, the community of Paso Robles came together to develop a blueprint for a thriving business community through its development of an Economic Strategy. The combined effort of the City, Chamber of Commerce and local businesses and non-profit organizations identified the strengths of this community and made recommendations on how to use our strengths to the advantage of our local businesses and community, and even improve on them.
Over the last 20+ years, great progress has been made on the recommendations in the Economic Strategy, which allowed Paso Robles to survive (and even thrive in) a global recession and to bounce back quickly from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paso Robles is a "business-friendly" community and is currently seeking businesses that support agriculture, technology, education, medical research and/or light industrial operations. Local residents would also welcome businesses that provide diversified grocery options and year-round youth entertainment.
Read below for more information on Paso Robles, California.
The City is known for its "business friendly" attitude. Commercial and industrial development projects are processed at competitive speed.
There are hundreds of acres of commercial and industrially zoned properties in different parts of the City, close to highways, rail and airport links.
Paso Robles has a strong and diverse economy. Additional resources:
- 2022 Central Coast Economic Forecast (Video - Part 1)
- 2022 Central Coast Economic Forecast (Video - Part 2)
- 2022 San Luis Obispo Outlook (PDF)
- Paso Robles 5-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan (Coming July, 2023)
- REACH 2030 - Action Plan for Central Coast Job Creation
Paso Robles is the home of the North County Campus of Cuesta College, providing educational opportunities for youth and adults. And Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a scenic 30-minute drive. Paso Robles High School offers extensive options for career technical training, and local public elementary schools include a K-12 dual immersion campus and a Visual and Performing Arts magnet school. There are also three private elementary schools and one charter school.
Paso Robles has among the most affordable housing in San Luis Obispo County.
City facilities (water and wastewater) are planned for long-range growth and provided by the City in advance of when they are needed.
Parks, recreation, and library services are high priorities for Paso Robles. The City has invested approximately $15 million during the last decade to provide a new library and district park facilities.
Paso Robles is a great place to visit, with attractions of many types. The only thing better than visiting Paso Robles, is living in Paso Robles!
Paso Robles lies along the transportation and telecommunications highways of California. Bisected by Highways 101 and 46, and served by the Union Pacific Railroad, the community is central to all of California. DSL and cable high-speed data service are available to residents and business.
Water, wastewater treatment, roads, and public safety needs anticipate growth and development 15 years in advance, and the City has funding commitments to continue facilities expansion.
California’s fastest growing wine region and largest geographic appellation, the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a 24-square-mile territory encompassing more than 40,000 vineyard acres and over 200 wineries. Paso Robles is a unique wine region blessed with optimal growing conditions for producing premium and ultra premium wines: greater day-to-night temperature swings than any other appellation in California, distinct micro-climates, diverse soils and a long growing season. As a result, more than 60 wine grape varieties are grown in Paso Robles, including:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Zinfandel (the area’s heritage wine varietal)
The economic impact of wine and grapes in the Paso Robles AVA is estimated at $1.9 billion, employing 8,000 persons with a total payroll of $241 million. Read more in the Economic Impact Report (PDF).