Economic Development

Economic Development


Chico is the haven for innovation and entrepreneurship in the North State.

As a university community, Chico brings together the educational entities, the City and community resources to assist entrepreneurs and businesses to invest in Chico and create career pathways that yield a quality of life that includes economic prosperity.

Chico is a magnet to individuals seeking an environment where you can live, work, and play while enjoying unparalleled access to outdoor recreation and the social spirit of a vibrant community.

Through the City Manager’s Office, the City provides development assistance to businesses and individuals looking to locate or expand their business in Chico, including internal coordination of City departments for Business Licenses and PermitsPlanning, and Building and Development Services, in an effort to facilitate business expansions and locations.  In addition to direct business services the City implements capital projects and provides public infrastructure to support economic growth.  The City plays a key role as collaborator on various initiatives with business, education, real estate and economic development service providers.  These key partnerships and initiatives are essential to the community’s economic success.

City Council’s Commitment to a Healthy Economy

The Chico City Council defines the City’s economic development role as: “… assisting in creating the conditions which foster investment to occur within the community…”

Economic Development is one of the City’s top priorities. The City understands the relationship between a healthy and prosperous economy and the quality of life experienced and expected by Chico residents and visitors. In 2007, the City Council unanimously adopted  outlining the City’s role in strengthening the economic base of Chico. In 2012, the Council adopted an , which aligns the City’s economic development efforts with the key priorities of Chico’s business community and addresses the outcomes envisioned in the  and the City’s Economic Development Strategy.


City’s Economic Development Priorities

Leveraging multiple organizations to support economic development

Team Chico brings key partners together including the Chico Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Chico Business Association, Alliance for Workforce Development, 3CORE, CSU Chico, Butte College, and others.

Starting in 2020, there are two significant multi-year initiatives to support long-term economic growth of Chico and the region.  They included:


Redevelopment Agency (RDA)

Successor Agency to the Chico Redevelopment Agency

The Chico Redevelopment Agency was dissolved as of February 1, 2012, pursuant to the terms of Part 1.85 (commencing with Section 34170) of Division 24 of the Health & Safety Code. The City of Chico, acts as the Successor Agency to the Chico Redevelopment Agency as it winds down the affairs of the Chico Redevelopment Agency in accordance with the law.

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