Economic Development

The City of La Palma’s economic development activities are designed to stimulate local business growth, of both large and small companies, and generate additional new jobs in the community. The City is responsive to any new business that shows an interest in locating within the City as well as attracting complementary new businesses to become part of our business community.

Economic Development Plan

The City's Economic Development Plan, is used to identify the programs, activities, and strategies which are summarized in the Economic Development Action Plan to ensure that La Palma’s business climate remains competitive and is prosperous well into the future. The City of La Palma is focused on providing a business friendly organization and one that is highly responsive to the local business community and those interested in selecting La Palma as their place of doing business.

Business Attraction and Retention

The City of La Palma understands the importance of a strong and thriving business environment. The City is keenly aware that the economic strength and stability of the City is largely dependent upon the local businesses that select La Palma as their place to do business.

The City’s retention and attraction initiatives includes marketing of La Palma’s strengths which include among other things, its ideal central and convenient location, exceptional public safety, qualified and educated labor pool, and excellent quality of life.

Grounded in La Palma’s pro-business attitude is direct personal outreach to companies as a complementary component of our business retention and attraction effort. Business access to the Mayor and executive staff is a scheduling priority. For those looking to expand or relocate in La Palma, the City has a “Jump Start” program which is a no-fee pre-development consultation. We also offer no-charge Zoning Verification letters to minimize risk and encourage lenders. The City strives to help its valued businesses with their compliance with State and Federal regulations.

For more information, please contact the Community Development Director at (714) 690-3322.

Lunch with the Mayor Program

The City of La Palma is very focused on fostering a positive and business responsive City Government especially during these rapidly changing times. The City offers a lunch with the Mayor to allow businesses to meet directly with City Council leadership and share how the City can help your business achieve its goals. Should you be interested in such a meeting please contact 714-690-3322 to arrange a time and date.

Available Commercial Properties

The Community Development Department has established an inventory list of potential commercial sites within the City for new or existing businesses desiring to relocate within the City of La Palma. To access the inventory simply click on the corresponding address below. If you are a broker or commercial property owner and interested in posting your commercial property please contact Community Development Director Douglas Dumhart at (714) 690-3322.

Centerpointe La Palma Business Campus (Space Available & Brochure)

5418 La Palma Avenue (Brochure)

12 Centerpointe Drive (Brochure)

Business Licenses:

Business Licenses are required for all businesses located or operating in the City of La Palma. For new businesses the first year license fee is only $96.00 and can be purchased on-line.

Business Resources and Assistance:

1. California Business Incentives Gateway (CBIG)

2. North Orange County Chamber

3. Small Business Administration 

4. Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) Orange County Chapter

United States Government Websites:

Excellent sources of historical data and economic projections.

1. See the Congressional Budget Office for current budget and economic projections.

2. U.S. Census Bureau

3. Bureau of Labor Statistics is a good source of historical data related to unemployment and inflation (CPI and PPI).

4. US. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis a source of historic economic and industry specific data.

5. U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration

6. U.S. Department Of Commerce, Trade and Economic Analysis

7. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, research, historical data, and Monetary Policy Report to Congress.

Economic Development Websites:

There are many web sites that are dedicated to adding to the public’s general knowledge of economics, forecasting, economic research and forecasts, economics resources on the Internet, and the history of economic thought. These include:

1. National Bureau of Economic Research 

2. California Economic Trends

3. Economic Policy Institute

4. Economics & Statistics Administration

5. U.S. Department of Commerce

Detail Demographic Profile

Click HERE for La Palma's detail demographic profile.