Your Business in Oxnard
Oxnard is the desirable place to call home for your business. It is the unique blend of vibrant metropolitan living, dining, and entertainment within minutes of the serenity of the sand, shore, and harbor all centered on a rich and historically diverse downtown.
The City of Oxnard is located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Ventura County in Southern California. The largest city in the county, and 19th largest in the state, Oxnard is a full-service city with a population of just over 210,000, combining the best attributes of a beautiful coastal setting and small-town charm with its position as a hub of manufacturing, agriculture, financial services, defense, international trade, and tourism. Conveniently located between the Central Coast and Southern California Oxnard features one of the best climates in the state of California, and is home to a population that outpaces every other city in our
Oxnard is a city rich in history and diverse cultural attractions. It is named for the brothers who founded the sugar beet factory here more than 100 years ago. Oxnard is a place where impressive architecture blends with multicultural influences and where winemakers set up tasting rooms in surprising venues. And you can explore Oxnard’s blend of worldly cuisine, and experience our local farm-to-table flavors. We are a community that celebrates with popular festivals and events year-round, at the “Annual California Strawberry Festival”, “Oxnard Salsa Festival”, and the Oxnard Christmas Parade.
Stats & Figures:
- Oxnard and Ventura County’s economy has grown every year since the national recession ended in 2009
- There are over 13,000 businesses in Oxnard
- In 2015, the county produced $48.22 billion in goods and services, for an annual growth rate of 1.4 percent
- In 2016 it was projected to produce $49.71 billion, for a growth rate of 1.8 percent, and in 2017, the gross county product
is projected at $51.37 billion, or a 1.7 percent annual growth rate
- According to the United States Census Bureau, the City of Oxnard’s 2012 total retail sales totaled more than $2.3 billion dollars
- In 2015 the Washington Post ranked Ventura County the single most desirable place to live in the lower 48 states, based on a U.S. Department of Agriculture database that measures “natural amenities,” primarily climate and scenery
- Oxnard offers the Port of Hueneme, a deep water “break bulk” facility, providing Oxnard and Ventura County with a port of entry and foreign trade zone status. The only commercial deep-water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Port of Hueneme is adjacent to major populated urban areas, automotive epicenters, and California’s agriculture heartland. The Port is just 60 miles north of Los Angeles and offers a highly efficient and uncontested alternative to other west coast ports
- Click here for a detailed profile of Oxnard by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
Economic Development focuses on business retention, expansion, and attraction provides resources and information that assists local and prospective businesses, and supports workforce development.
Economic Development promotes development of a strong and diversified economy through a comprehensive Economic Development Plan that: (i) unifies the collaborative efforts of key stakeholders and community partners; (ii) capitalizes upon the community’s economic base and development potential; (iii) recognizes industry trends and establishes realistic business retention/attraction targets; (iv) identifies business assistance and public infrastructure needs; (v) interfaces with the County and the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County (EDC-VC) to facilitate the City’s economic development goals; (vi) engages the support of the Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote leisure and business travel to effectively impact the City’s transient occupancy and sales tax, and (vii) supports other critically important community objectives including public health and safety, social services, and environmental quality.
Downtown Revitalization provides and manages revitalization efforts expressly geared to improving Downtown including: (i) coordination of stakeholder organizations in the delivery of goods and services in a cohesive and mutually supportive fashion; (ii) development and implementation of programs to improve the outward appearance and economic vitality of targeted properties; (iii) cultivation of new revenue sources and economic development tools to sustain revitalization efforts and back-fill former redevelopment authority; and (iv) leverage disposition of former redevelopment properties to maximum physical and economic impact.
Redevelopment Dissolution implements the statutory requirements of AB X1 26 in winding down redevelopment activities of the former Community Development Commission (“CDC”) including: (i) staff support to the Successor Agency, Oversight Board, and Successor Housing Entity; (ii) disposition of real property assets in accordance with a State-approved Long-Range Property Management Plan; (iii) report preparation and interface with the State Department of Finance on the allocation of tax increment trust funds; and (iv) management of recognized obligations and completion of on-going redevelopment projects.
Oxnard Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (OCVB) is an independent, public non-profit 501(c)(4) organization and is publicly funded by the City of Oxnard. As a “marketing arm” for the City, the Bureau’s mission is to promote leisure and business travel to effectively impact the City’s transient occupancy tax (TOT) and sales tax revenue into the general fund. OCVB’s primary responsibility is to act as the agency which promotes Oxnard throughout the Southern California region, the State of California as a whole, the U.S., and in select markets (Western Canada, the UK, Mexico, and China) as a great destination for leisure, travel, reunions, meetings and educational tours sectors. OCVB places advertising, promotions and media outreach programs in print, online, and through social media mediums to increase consumer awareness and to promote Oxnard in our primary markets. The OCVB provides a clearing house for research and data on the travel patterns and trends to assist the Oxnard hotel, restaurant and attraction sectors to make informed marketing decisions. The OCVB operates the Official California Welcome Center for the region, serving 30,000 plus visitors and locals per year.
The Economic Development Division is conveniently located in the Oxnard Service Center: 214 South C Street, Oxnard, CA 93030
Economic Development Division operates during normal City business days and hours:
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Monday – Thursday)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Alternate Fridays)