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Economic Development Division

Welcome to Santa Monica

The City of Santa Monica is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is committed to the safety of its residents and customers.  City facilities will be closed to the public at least through March 31, and longer if required. For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 virus in the City visit:

Economic Development staff will continue to monitor information and resources available to our business community and update the following link on business and employee support and assistance:  

While City offices are closed, we can still be reached during normal business hours (M-Thurs 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., every other Friday from 8 a.m. -  5 p.m.) by email and phone 310-458-2251.   It may take slightly longer to respond and we appreciate your patience during this time.

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Welcome to Santa Monica!

We are here to help if you are considering starting, relocating or expanding your business in Santa Monica. We’re also here to support existing Santa Monica businesses. Much information can be obtained by clicking on Economic Development in the menu to the left and following the Doing Business in Santa Monica links. You can also reach the City of Santa Monica Economic Development Team at (310) 458-8906 or email us:

Sustainable Santa Monica

We are a Sustainable City. Santa Monica is an internationally recognized, award winning sustainability leader. In 1994, the City of Santa Monica was among the first in the country to adopt a Sustainability City Program. Our businesses reap benefit—both environmentally and economically—from a free Business Greening Program, the Santa Monica Green Business Certification program, and the annual Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards. The Santa Monica Green Building Program expedites building permits. The City also offers grants to businesses and property owners under the Sustainable Landscape Program and Solar Santa Monica.

Creative Capital

We are a Creative City. Santa Monica is at the leading edge of the nation’s creative economy. Santa Monica has perhaps the highest concentration of creative individuals in the US. Nearly half of our adult population makes all or part of their living in arts-related fields. Santa Monica houses some of the nation’s key creative businesses including Activision, the Grammy Foundation, Jerry Bruckheimer Studios, Lionsgate Entertainment, Red Bull N.A., and Universal Music. In 2007, the city adopted Creative Capital: A Plan for the Development of Santa Monica’s Arts and Culture to help ensure on-going vitality of our ever-important creative sector.

Santa Monica City Net

We are an Innovative City. Creativity and innovation go hand in hand. To help our businesses compete globally, we created Santa Monica City Net, a cutting edge package of network solutions including Dark Fiber Leasing and Co-Location Services that helps improve operational efficiency and sustainability (up to 100 gigs/second). Meanwhile, Santa Monica College is training a highly skilled future workforce for green industries, medical services and entertainment technology. Welcome to Silicon Beach!

Buy Local

We are both a Global and Local City. Think global, act local. We are proud that many of our businesses are linked to the global economy. However, we also champion local, independent businesses through our Buy Local Santa Monica campaign. Our residents place strong value in supporting local, independent and sustainable businesses.

I Am Santa Monica

We are a Livable City.A quality of life like no other – the beach, cultural offerings, Big Blue Bus, bike routes, walkability, education, top-notch services, world-class farmers market and amazing weather. Our businesses work in collaboration of the City to promote ridesharing and “commuting green” options to their employees. The "I am Santa Monica" program helps to empower and inform local employees about Santa Monica and all it has to offer. This free ambassador training contributes the city’s vibrant local economy and helps to attract over 8 million visitors a year from around the world.

In Alliance. The Santa Monica Alliance is a collaborative effort of the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce dedicated to nurturing a vibrant, healthy and profitable business climate in Santa Monica. We are working together to attract, retain and to help grow our businesses.

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