Pasadena CA Economic Development Agency

Find Pasadena, California economic development agencies, departments, and corporations. Economic development agencies provide information on resources for economic growth, expansion of local businesses, attracting new business and tourism.


Pasadena Economic Development 100 N Garfield Ave Pasadena CA 91101 626-744-4660


About Pasadena Economic Development Agencies

Pasadena Economic Development Agencies (EDA's) are government agencies at the California State, Los Angeles County, or local level whose mission is to promote business activity and development, attract and retain business, facilitate development that increases employment and the tax base, and encourage an environment in which the economy can thrive in Pasadena, CA.

You may contact the Economic Development Office for questions about:
  • Pasadena Economic Development programs and services
  • City and community development
  • Job creation, training, and workforce development
  • Pasadena Economic Development funds
  • EDA grants and funding
Pasadena Business Development

Economic Development Agencies in Pasadena promote California, Los Angeles County, or community as a favorable location to do business. They usually work closely with Pasadena Chambers of Commerce and other business groups to market the region for business development. This collaboration often involves creating marketing materials, developing promotional advertising, and organizing Pasadena business expos.

Small Business Support Programs

The Pasadena Economic Development Agency may include an office dedicated to supporting small businesses. The Pasadena government can support small businesses by providing ombudsmen services, helping small businesses work through licensing and Los Angeles County permitting requirements, and raising awareness of bidding opportunities on government contracts.

Land Development Programs in Pasadena, California

Pasadena Economic Development Centers actively seek developers for undeveloped land or parcels in need of redevelopment. They market development opportunities, and in cases where obstacles to development exist, they may help identify gap funding or other solutions to impediments such as site contamination. Pasadena EDA's also maintain inventories of available commercial land and commercial building space in order to serve as a matchmaker for developers, landlords, and business owners.

Pasadena Tax Incentives

Pasadena Economic Development Corporations sometimes offer tax incentives to businesses that expand or relocate within their jurisdiction. This strategy is particularly common at the California State level, but it also takes place at the Los Angeles County and local levels. Typically, the Economic Development Agency offers a Pasadena tax incentive or tax abatement based on the theory that the new or expanded business will generate job opportunities and thus increase the tax base.

Economic Development Grants & Loans

Pasadena grants and non-traditional loans are also available through Economic Development Agencies. Common grants to businesses include Brownfield Redevelopment grants, facade improvement grants, and Pasadena public improvement grants. A variety of Pasadena loan programs may be accessible through an Economic Development Agency, often at below-market interest rates and with less stringent credit requirements than loans from traditional financing institutions.