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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

On March 15, 2016, the City adopted the 2016 Economic Development Action Plan. For more information contact Community Development Analyst, Katherine Ahlquist at 215-4361.

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.

The Economic Development Committee meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00p.m. in El Cerrito City Hall's Hillside (upstairs) Conference room.
For more information, please contact the Staff Liaison at 215-4361 or visit the Economic Development Committee webpage.

To apply, please download the application form and return to the City Clerk.

Business Resources
Please visit the links below to find resources for businesses and other services in Contra Costa County: 
  • CalCAP/ADA – Private loans to small businesses to support Americans with Disabilities Act compliance
  • CalCAP/EVCS – Private loans to small businesses to support installation and acquisition of electric vehicle infrastructure

Subscribe to the Community Development E-Newsletter:
Sign up for the Community Development E-Newsletter to receive regular email updates about community development plans, projects and events by filling out this form.

Katherine Ahlquist
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)