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Economic Development Division 

The Economic Development Department attracts new businesses to the city and assists in business success.  Our professional, easy-to-work-with staff offers concierge service to the local business community and businesses looking to locate to Stockton.  


Key services include:

Economic Review CommitteeERC Brochure

The Economic Review Committee (ERC) is a voluntary, free service available to project developers and business owners throughout Stockton.  Permitting department representatives meet with developers and business owners to provide feedback on preliminary site plans and provide project requirements prior to applying for a building permit.


Interested in scheduling an ERC meeting?  

Please contact the Economic Development Department.


Top Reasons to do Business in Stockton:

  1. Central Location and Unmatched Transportation System – Take advantage of Stockton's strategic location in the heart of California's Central Valley and close to the San Francisco Bay Area.  This city offers an extensive transportation network with two major freeways (Interstate 5 and Highway 99), a major network of railways, an incredible inland seaport, and an accessible airport.  Stockton provides for quick and cost-effective distribution to major West Coast, Pacific Rim, and global markets.
  2. Quality of Life – Enjoy Stockton's diverse culture with its unique blend of lifestyle opportunities, affordable and quality housing, abundant recreation, a multitude of cultural events, and exceptional educational facilities.
  3. Qualified, Productive Work Force – Discover Stockton's rich, diverse community of a large skilled and semi-skilled workforce with an affordable wage structure.
  4. Available and Affordable Land – Explore the competitive building prices in many areas of Stockton and revitalized Brownfield sites, in and near downtown.  To locate available property within Stockton, visit Advantage Stockton.
  5. One-Stop Permit Center – Use Stockton's Permit Center to streamline the development process by locating all the departments needed to obtain permits in one building.   The Building and Planning Divisions, Public Works, and Municipal Utilities Departments all have representatives available at the Permit Center ready to assist the public.


Economic Development Newsletters

The Economic Development Department publishes monthly and quarterly newsletters.  


2014 Monthly Newsletters


2014 Quarterly Newsletters


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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 12/1/2014