Where work & culture converge

Why We Choose Santa Cruz

A morning surf session. An easy bike ride to Companion Bakeshop. A quick stop at Verve Coffee Roasters. Working through the day at NextSpace Coworking, a local startup, a bike maker, or your own business. Wrap up the day at the latest popup at The Food Lounge or take the kids Downtown to check out Dance Week. This is a day in the life of the average Santa Cruz professional. This is Santa Cruz.

Near Silicon Valley & the SF Bay

Fresh Talent @ UC Santa Cruz

Committed Infrastructure Growth

An Accepting, Diverse Community

Unparalleled Natural Environment

The Economic Development Office is your go-to resource for all things business in Santa Cruz. Connect with us and we’ll connect you to the resources you need to get started or grow. We can help you access the resources your business needs.

From guiding new businesses in setting up shop, to navigating the permitting process, from helping large-scale infrastructure projects move forward to helping grease the wheels of the business community, we’re passionate about supporting a flourishing and expansive local economy. Seriously, we’re here to help.


Culture and environment have strongly influenced the development of industry in Santa Cruz.


The Tools & Support You Need


The Santa Cruz Experience