Economic Development is a Division of Administration and is housed in the City Manager's Office. All programs of the department are managed by the Economic Development Manager, who is assisted by part-time by City Analysts. The division is responsible for several areas including:
Business Retention and Expansion
Conduct public outreach to provide business development and market assistance, seeking to maintain, enhance, and expand the local economy. Connect employers to workforce development resources, resolve regulatory issues, assist landlords with tenant selection, and direct businesses to local lending sources.
Economic Development Assistance
Provide support to businesses seeking business loans, development financing, site selection, fee calculations and project feasibility assistance. Coordinate with Planning, Building, Code Enforcement and external regulatory agency staff to identify potential issues, make development recommendations and resolve code violations. Refer local firms to WorkNet, SBDC and other resources and training providers serving the local business community.
Visitor and Tourism Services
Assist partner agencies and local hotels with providing visitor services. Increase visitor awareness about local retail, dining and entertainment opportunities. Establish connections with Bay Area and other regional tourism organizations to seek new partnerships for tourism development in the community.
Real Estate Services
Manage remaining downtown parking lot leases. Seek buyers or lessees for surplus City- and Redevelopment- owned properties. Collect property value data and analyze real estate development trends in the community.
City Marketing and Promotion
Update City marketing materials and opportunities website to promote industrial properties, commercial sites, and assistance programs. Expand awareness about Manteca as a desirable business location in cooperation with other local agencies as part of the Greater Silicon Valley business recruitment initiative.