The City Economic Development team works to attract, retain and expand businesses within the City through support services and programs in order to strengthen the City's financial base and provide quality jobs for residents. The department serves as the City liaison to the business community.
Economic Development Resources
- City of Vista Community Profile - Explore data and metrics on Vista's key economic indicators
- How to Start a Business in Vista - Find what you need to help your business succeed in the City of Vista
- Business License Office & Information - Learn more about how to file for a Business License
- Frequently Asked Questions - Discover answers to your business questions
- Innovate78 - Economic development collaboration with five cities in North County San Diego
- Economic Development Plan - Overview of the City of Vista Economic Development priorities
Economic Development e-Newsletter
- Subscribe to the Economic Development e-Newsletter - Stay up-to-date on the latest news, resources and events related to business growth in the City of Vista.
Locate a Business to Vista
Economic Development participates in regional and national business and industrial trade events to seek out and and attract desirable businesses to Vista. Use the information below to start researching if Vista is the right location for your business.
- Determine the best place to locate your business. There is a business park in the south end of Vista bordering the City of Carlsbad, that covers 1,600 acres and is home to over 900 businesses. Vista also has a vibrant downtown area with food, beverage and retail establishments.
- Read about key metrics and data about Vista in the Community Profile report.
- Vista also has an Opportunity Zones which offers tax benefits to investors. Learn more about Vista's Opportunity Zone here.
- If you have questions about the best place to locate your business in Vista, please contact Economic Development Director Kevin Ham.
Grow Your Business in Vista
Vista CARES Program (Communicate. Assist. Retain. Expand. Support.)
This business retention and expansion program strives to keep businesses from relocating to other cities; helps businesses survive economic difficulties; assists businesses with expansion that create jobs; and helps firms increase their competitiveness. In an effort to identify and understand the needs of Vista businesses, the City and the Vista Chamber of Commerce sponsor an annual outreach survey event "Vista CAREs Business Walk" with the purpose of gathering information about what businesses need to be successful in Vista.
- 2017 Vista CARES Business Walk Report
- 2016 Vista CARES Business Walk Report
- 2015 Vista CARES Business Walk Report
Apply for up to $15,000 to upgrade a downtown building
The Façade Improvement Program (FIP) is a grant program provided to business and/or property owners for the improvement of existing buildings along designated commercial corridors within the City of Vista. The program provides a matching grant of 50% up to the maximum dollar amount based on the building’s linear foot frontage on a public way.
Save money on California corporate income tax
Businesses in Vista can complete a short application to save money on corporate state income tax through the California Competes program.
Tax incentive for investors
If your business is located in downtown Vista inside the Opportunity Zone, you may be able to help attract investment by leveraging this new tax incentive.
Experiencing challenges? We can help.
The Business Ombudsman assists in resolving business related issues or challenges for Vista businesses. Economic Development participates in meetings held by different organizations to assist in obtaining a favorable resolution of issues impacting Economic Development in Vista. For the Business Ombudsman, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or or call 760.639.6165.
Clean energy incentive programs
PACE financing allows property owners to fund energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy projects with no up-front costs. With PACE, residential and commercial property owners living within a participating district can finance 100% of the project and pay it back over time as a voluntary property tax assessment through their existing property tax bill.
The Vista Economic Development team connects employers, educators and workforce professionals in an effort to create and retain Vista jobs for Vista residents and to ensure residents have educational and training opportunities to increase their professional competitiveness.
Here is a list of employer job posting websites for each of the local higher education institutions:
- California State University San Marcos
- Mira Costa College
- Palomar College
- San Diego State University
- University of California, San Diego
The Economic Development team collaborates with local and regional partners to support business growth in the City of Vista. Here is a list of partners businesses can explore as a resource:
- Vista Chamber of Commerce
- San Diego North Economic Development Council
- San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
- San Diego Workforce Partnership