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Economic Development
Economic Development Division
The Economic Development program works to:
  • Facilitate private investment by property owners, developers, and businesses, which will benefit the community through increased and diversified tax revenues, access to new local jobs, housing, and goods and services
  • Provide customer-friendly, responsive, efficient, and accurate services to developers and businesses
  • Use economic development tools to help attract, retain, and improve existing and new businesses, and fiscal conditions in El Cerrito
  • Improve the aesthetics of the commercial areas
  • Invest in public improvements to serve the community and encourage private investment
  • Develop affordable housing programs and projects throughout the community to address the great need for such housing

The City is currently updating its 2006 Economic Development Action Plan.  For more information, please review the existing Plan or come to a meeting of the Economic Development Committee.

The Economic Development Committee is Recruiting!
The City's Economic Development Committee is looking for new members to help advise City Council on economic development matters, make recommendations on the annual economic development work plan, provide input to other city boards and commissions, review progress towards achieving long range economic development goals, encourage community involvement, and serve as a resource to residents, businesses and other community members. For more information, please contact the City at Clerk at 215-4305 or download the application form.

The Contra Costa Small Business Development Center is hosting Business Planning Workshops, starting this week!
Jump Start Your Business
Action Planning 2 Day Free Workshop
February 3rd, 2015 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
February 4th, 2015 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Space is Limited REGISTER
Location: Contra Costa SBDC, 300 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

NxLevel Business Planning Course
7 Week Hands-On Workshop, $95
Every Tuesday starting February 10th, 2015 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Antioch Chamber of Commerce, 101 H Street, Unit #4, Antioch, CA 94509

NxLevel Business Planning Course
10 Week Hands-On Workshop, $95
Every Thursday starting January 29th, 2015 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Contra Costa SBDC, 300 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Emily Alter
Community Development Analyst

City Hall
10890 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Monday & Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday and Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Alternate Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
(closed every other Friday)