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Our dedicated staff of economic development professionals is committed to providing you customized business start-up, expansion, and relocation assistance so your business can find success in Elk Grove. Our free consulting and advisory services can assist you with market analysis, site selection, talent acquisition, expedited permits and approvals, and tailored incentives.

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Project Elevate

The City owns a 20-acre property at the southeast corner of Elk Grove Boulevard and Big Horn Boulevard, just north of District56 and is exploring urban mixed-use development opportunities for the site. Specifically, the City is pursuing the development of a mixed-use project that includes retail, dining, entertainment, office, and residential uses, as well as a hotel. The Project is known as Project Elevate. The objective of the Project is to "elevate" the level of design, commercial and residential product types, and public and private spaces and amenities in the City through development of a new urban mixed-use district built on a traditional street grid pattern.

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Why Elk Grove

Elk Grove is a dynamic, growing mid-size city in California's vibrant Sacramento capital region – the center of the 5th largest economy in the world – where your business can start or scale at cost, with an unmatched quality of life, and all the assets and amenities the Sacramento region has to offer.

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You won't find a more willing and sophisticated government partner than Elk Grove

From limited regulation, to innovative programs and incentives, to our business friendly City Council and dedicated professional staff.

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62% of Elk Grove adults over 25 are college educated.

9 top performing public high schools offer 70 academies and pathways in 15 industry sectors. The region boasts top colleges and universities like UC Davis, University of the Pacific, and California Northstate University. World class institutions like Stanford and UC Berkeley are 90 minutes away.

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Get your project up and running on-time and on-budget with expedited permits and approvals.

First round plan review averages 7 days, with many permits issued in one day, and most over the counter.

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Keep an eye on your competitors, reach your customers, and attract your talent.

We're just 75 miles to Silicon Valley, 12 miles to downtown Sacramento, and 25 minutes to the Sacramento International Airport.

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Immediately realize up to 50% operating cost savings compared to most west coast metros.

Payrolls and rents are lower, land is affordable and abundant, and utilities are up to 30% less.


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Ranked the fastest growing mid-size economy in California and the 11th fastest in the nation

As a young, ethnically diverse, modern business- and family-friendly city of 178,000 people, Elk Grove is growing fast and growing smart.

Wall Hub 2016
Ranked the 2nd best city for homeownership in California, best Sacramento suburb for young couples, fastest growing city for millennial home ownership in California.

With low unemployment, average household Incomes of $85,000, and average home values of $450,000, you and your employees can live a high quality lifestyle with a secure financial future.

SmartAsset 2017
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Ranked the 7th most multi-cultural city in America. Proud of our heritage, and we celebrate our unity.

Elk Grove’s diversity sets us apart and is our defining characteristic.

Wallet Hub 2015
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Always something to do.

Elk Grove has over 100 community parks and over 65 miles of trails, plentiful dining and shopping options, numerous annual events and festivals, and over 270 sunny days per year.

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2nd largest city in the heart of a rising metropolitan region with world class amenities.

From downtown to midtown to out-of-town, Elk Grove and the Sacramento region accommodate any lifestyle, urban or suburban.

We Are Greater Sacramento

Just like Elk Grove, Greater Sacramento provides access to the California innovation ecosystem, world-class talent, and a mega-region of resources – all at a cost that allows for rapid growth and profits. For more information on our regional competitiveness, connect with our partner organization, the Greater Sacramento Economic Council.

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Tailored Solutions

Elk Grove’s Office of Economic Development provides professional, free customized services to businesses, brokers, and developers to assist with market analysis, site selection, hiring, expedited permits and approvals, and tailored incentive solutions. We offer a dedicated, single point-of-contact for your project, ensuring clear, predictable city processes and guaranteed timelines designed to get you up and running on-time, and on-budget.

Site Selection

A thriving business starts with a great location, and with our in depth knowledge of Elk Grove’s real estate market, we can help you find just the right site for your needs. We provide customized market analysis and personalized site search assistance. And we have a network of trusted developers and brokers to connect you with.


In today’s market, access to talent is the most important factor in corporate location decisions and you need a reliable talent pipeline. That is why Elk Grove works closely with business prospects to address workforce needs early on. We provide customized labor market reports, personalized hiring plans, and connect you with our trusted workforce and university partners to provide qualified candidates, degree and certificate programs, and hiring incentives.

Fast-Tracked Approvals

The old adage is, time is money. We get that, which is why Elk Grove offers the fastest approvals and most innovative expediting programs in California. With our Project Review Team program, for key projects, we form a task force of senior staff who expedite your planning application, clearing a path for a rapid decision so you can get on with pulling that building permit. We issue first round plan review comments in seven days or less. With our Permit Simplicity program, we can issue building permits in a single day, and our TI Tuesday program results in most TI permits being issued same day over-the-counter. Our OpenCounter app provides you 24/7 virtual access to our Development Services Department to help you plan your project.

Small Business Support

All business is local, and small business is the lifeblood of any local economy, which is why Elk Grove has dedicated staff just to help small businesses. Our Small Business Support Specialists understand the unique needs and challenges you face and will assist you with any issue, big or small. We provide free business planning and financial consulting right at City Hall. And our OpenCounter app provides you 24/7 virtual access to key zoning, planning, and building information to help you plan your project.


Economies that don't innovate stagnate. Which is why Elk Grove supports the launch, growth, and attraction of startup companies in Elk Grove, and the people and places that back them. Through our industry leading Startup Elk Grove Incentive Program, we are here to help your startup or incubator with targeted financial investment in your next great venture.



OpenCounter app provides you 24/7 virtual access to key zoning, planning, and building information to help you plan your project.

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Through our Economic Development Incentive Program, Elk Grove offers targeted financial incentives for companies or projects that make significant contributions to the City’s employment and tax bases. In most cases, to qualify the project must create new high-quality jobs, generate significant new tax revenue, and fall within one of several target industry sectors. Incentive amounts are negotiable and can be tailored to meet the operating needs of your business. We also provide advisory services to help you apply for State of California incentives. All programs offer financing, site selection assistance, and expedited permits and approvals. Connect with us to find out what program is right for you.

Startups and Incubators

The Startup Elk Grove Incentive Program provides technical and financial assistance to launching and scaling startups, and for co-working and incubator facilities that support them. To qualify you must operate in Elk Grove and be an emerging or scaling company commercializing innovative products and platforms in most tech verticals.

Breweries, Restaurants, and Wineries

The Brewery, Restaurant, and Winery Incentive Program, or BReW Program, provides financial support to target industry businesses in Elk Grove to cover expenses and costs associated with the development, improvement, or expansion of breweries, restaurants, and wineries.

State and Federal Office

The State and Federal Office Incentive Program provides technical and financial assistance to state and federal government agencies adding or expanding office facilities in Elk Grove, with an emphasis on agency headquarters projects.

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Retail and Hospitality

For businesses and projects that generate significant new sales and occupancy taxes, and raise the bar on both lifestyle amenity quality and quantity, Elk Grove offers targeted tax rebate incentives.

Development Impact Fee Deferral Program

The Development Impact Fee Deferral Program allows a developer to defer payment of City assessed development impact fees that would otherwise be payable in full when a building permit is issued. This innovative best-in-class program functions as a low-interest source of project financing by allowing a developer to defer payment of fees for up to five years, at very low interest rates, with no payments for the first 36 months.

Small Business Permit Assistance Program

The Program provides grants to small businesses to defray the cost of obtaining City planning and/or building permits and approvals required to construct or retrofit commercial space that the business will occupy. Small businesses are defined under the Program as businesses with less than 20 employees and revenues under $3 million dollars.

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Façade Improvement Program

The Façade Improvement through Exceptional Design program (FIXD) provides grant funding and professional design services for commercial building owners making exterior improvements to the appearance and/or functionality of their building façade. Improvements might include paint, lighting, awnings, signage, and similar enhancements.


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Who We Are

The Office of Economic Development

The mission of Elk Grove’s Office of Economic Development is to ensure a robust and diverse economy that returns value to the City and its residents and businesses, and is positioned to weather the ups and downs of the broader economy.

Darrell Doan

Darrell A. Doan

Economic Development Director
Direct: (916) 627-3210

Tishiana Mann

Tishiana Mann

Economic Development Specialist
Direct: (916) 627-3347

Sara Rodrigues

Sara Rodrigues

Economic Development Specialist
Direct: (916) 627-3308


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Our Leadership

Elk Grove's City Manager and five-member City Council establishes the City's economic development strategies and policies and relies on the Office of Economic Development to implement them.



We can't do it alone, so we have developed strong local and regional partnerships to help us drive the City’s economic development goals forward.