Economic Development Support

As of July 29, 2020, the City has employed a full time Economic Development Manager in the City Manager’s Office to develop strategies to improve the economic strength of the City through business development, retention and expansion, workforce development, job creation and the diversification of Paso's economy. 

Paul Sloan
Economic Development Manager

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The City and its economic development partners provide a support network for business expansion and location in Paso Robles. View related policies, programs and organizations that are behind this effort.

Economic Development Strategy

This is a City policy to encourage manufacturing, tourism, retail sales and housing, plus facilitating the development review process. The Economic Strategy (PDF) sets forth the goals, objectives and program in each of these areas.

Economic Development Team

Staff representatives of Planning, Engineering, Building, and Emergency Services provide pre-application review for new developments at the convenience of potential applicants. This no fee review is designed to identify issues or challenges that may be associated with a development project and provides applicants with an opportunity to find design solutions. The Economic Development Team is committed to facilitating the development review process.

Economic Vitality Corporation (San Luis Obispo)

The Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC) is the primary economic development agency for San Luis Obispo County and each of it's cities including Paso Robles. The EVC assists local and relocating companies with a variety of business resources and services including:

  • Business attraction and creation
  • Business retention and expansion
  • Site location, commercial property acquisition, and building permits
  • International trade and import and export issues through a private in-house consultant and the BuyUSA trade program
  • Business financial assistance and loans; a unique trailing spouse job network
  • Special economic gardening practices

Regional Energy Alliance (San Luis Obispo)

San Luis Obispo Regional Energy Alliance helps save energy and money through energy efficiency and energy demand management strategies. We work together to provide residents, businesses, and municipalities with a host of programs and services, including rebate and incentive offers, community events, energy trainings, and more.

Paso Robles Redevelopment Agency

On June 29, 2011 as part of the 2011 to 2012 State budget bill, the California Legislature enacted, and the Governor signed, AB 1X 26, which dissolved all redevelopment agencies in the State of California. Pursuant to AB 1X 26, a seven-member Oversight Board to the Successor Agency was formed to oversee the Successor Agency’s activities to wind down Redevelopment operations. View more information regarding the Oversight Board of the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency.

Chamber of Commerce

Located at 1225 Park Street, the Chamber provides support to businesses seeking to expand in or relocate to Paso Robles. You can visit the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce website or call them at 805-238-0506.

Paso Robles Main Street Program

An award winning program, Main Street fosters business expansion and development in the downtown area. Through a four-point approach (Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring), Main Street helps to ensure the economic vitality of Downtown Paso Robles. Visit the Main Street website a or contact them at 805-238-4103.

Downtown Development Opportunities

Preservation and expansion of the downtown area is a City priority identified in the General Plan, Redevelopment Plan, and Economic Development Strategy. It finds implementation in the policies of both the Planning Commission and City Council. Among the incentives for downtown development are preferential off-street parking requirements, funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program for health and safety improvements, and City capital projects designed to encourage downtown investments. The Planning Division can provide further details and assistance, call them at 805-237-3970.

Airport Area Commercial & Industrial Development

Development opportunities surround the Paso Robles Municipal Airport. With one of the best weather patterns and exceptional physical facilities (main runway 6,000 feet and planned for further expansion) and a new Regional Air Terminal, the City's Airport provides a convenient resource for business development. Business Park zoning and land is available for either lease (at the airport) or purchase (surrounding the airport). Please visit the Planning Division page for information on General Plan and Zoning. The Public Works Department is the contact point for Airport Leases.

More Information

There are a number of local realtors who specialize in commercial and industrial properties. The Chamber of Commerce can be contacted at 805-238-0506 and can provide a list of their members, as can the local Association of Realtors who can be reached at 805-238-1244.