Economic Development Support
The City of Paso Robles develops 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. Details on related programs along with specialized business development tools can be found in this section.
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Current Programs and Projects:
- Paso Robles Air and Spaceport (Video: Spaceport staff report to Council, 3/29/22)
- Southland EDC Loans
- Paso Fiber Connect
- COVID-19 Small Business Grants
- "Keep It Local" Gift Card Program
- Propane Assistance Program
- Dining in the Park
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.
- Find a property or location
- Apply for a Building Permit
- Apply for a Business License
- Apply for a Planning Permit
- Sign up to receive the Economic Development Newsletter
Workforce Development Partners
- California Polytechnic University
- Cuesta College
- Cal Poly Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
- Workforce Development Board
- Eckerd Connects
- San Luis Obispo County Office of Education
- JobNow & VetNow
Local Partner Organizations
- Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce
- Paso Robles Main Street Association
- Travel Paso
- Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance
- Hispanic Business Association
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.
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 Development Manager