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Welcome to San Luis Obispo!

We are a community of businesses that share a common vision of San Luis Obispo's economic future and a spirit of entrepreneurship. This spirit and vision are also supported by new economic development policies created by the city that are intended to generate head-of-household jobs.

San Luis Obispo serves as the commercial, governmental and cultural hub of California’s Central Coast. People are drawn to SLO for many reasons; high quality of life, arts and culture, education, proximity to the beach and mountains.

LUJ HeadshotOver the past several years, San Luis Obispo’s technology and innovation clusters along with traditionally strong industries such as design and construction, agriculture, tourism and health services have seen tremendous growth.

Whether you are just getting started and need some advice on where to begin, or you are a mature business that is looking to expand or relocate, we are here to help you. San Luis Obispo is the only city in the county that has a professional economic development manager dedicated to helping local businesses navigate the local regulatory framework.

As Economic Development Manager, Lee Johnson is the liaison between the business community and City government. This role includes helping businesses get answers and information from City government and outreaching to all industries to help facilitate business-friendly policies and processes.