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Invest Elk Grove

The City of Elk Grove's Economic Development Website

City of Elk Grove

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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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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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Lifestyle

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Growing.
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 172,000 people, Elk Grove is growing fast and growing smart.

Wall Hub 2016
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Prosperous.
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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Diverse.
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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Active.
Always something to do.

Elk Grove has over 97 community parks and 28 miles of trails, plentiful dining and shopping options, numerous annual events and festivals, and over 270 sunny days per year.

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Connected.
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.

Business

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Ready.
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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Talented.
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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Fast.
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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Close.
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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Affordable.
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.


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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Services

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.

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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.

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Talent

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.

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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 7 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.

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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.

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Startups

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.

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Incentives

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.

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Breweries and Wineries

The Brewery and Winery Incentive Program provides technical and financial assistance to craft wineries and breweries who operate in Elk Grove, for both manufacturing and tasting room facilities.

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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.

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Sewer Fee Credit Program

Through a partnership with the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, the Sewer Fee Credit Program provides financial assistance to businesses to reduce the cost of connecting a new or refurbished building to the regional sewer system. To qualify, you must operate in Elk Grove and create at least two jobs for every credit granted. Credits typically reduce the connection fees by approximately 50%.

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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.

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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.

Jason Behrmann

Jason Behrmann

City Manager
Office: (916) 478-2200
jbehrmann@elkgrovecity.org

Darrell Doan

Darrell A. Doan

Economic Development Director
Direct: (916) 627-3210
ddoan@elkgrovecity.org
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Rachael Brown

Rachael Brown

Economic Development Manager
Direct: (916) 478-3690
rbrown@elkgrovecity.org
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Luis Aguilar

Luis Aguilar

Economic Development Specialist
Direct: (916) 627-3212
laguilar@elkgrovecity.org
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Our Leadership

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

 

Partners

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.