• Economic Development Partners & References

  • The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, and its associated Economic Development Commission (EDC), serves as the lead economic development agency for Northern Santa Barbara County.    In advancing that mission, we're pleased to have a strong network of partners and resources that we can bring to bear when specialized services or resources are needed.   The EDC itself is a public-private partnership between the City of Santa Maria, the Santa Maria Public Airport District, and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    We're big fans of each of these organizations and encourage current and prospective business leaders to take advantage of those that apply to their situations.

  • City of Santa Maria

    The proud City of Santa Maria was named an all American city in 1998. Being a dynamic and prosperous place to work, live and raise a family with its mild year-round climate and backdrop of coastline, wine country, and abundant rich agriculture surroundings is home to an energetic workforce, commercial and industrial-zoned land, airport and locally-owned railroad. With a beautiful backdrop of coastline and wine country, world-famous Santa Maria Style BBQ, Elks Rodeo, and the Santa Barbara County Fair, provides unlimited year-round recreation and leisure opportunities. Businesses come to Santa Maria to enjoy the energetic workforce, excellent schools, low crime, great weather, wonderful air quality and abundant water and industries as diverse as aerospace manufacturing, oil and gas production, biomedical, world-class wineries, tourism, and a wide range of companies supporting the nation’s space defense and research mission housed at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

  • Santa Maria Public Airport

    Known for one of the longest runways, Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) serves areas as far north as the wine country of Paso Robles and south to the historic beauty of Santa Barbara. With the longest runway on the Central Coast, and with continued improvements geared toward growth, the Santa Maria Public Airport is a welcome location for future business and expansion and is currently working on launching a Business Park with 200+ acres designated for office and light industrial uses. The airport is customer friendly, spacious, provides free parking and Wi-Fi and many other accommodations.

  • Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce

    Being the largest business organization in Northern Santa Barbara County The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce represents small businesses, corporations, associations, and individual professionals since 1902. The Chamber has worked diligently to better the area’s business climate, forge a stronger community, and improve the quality of life. The Chamber works with local government, education, private industry and a host of other partners to improve the business environment and promote Santa Maria as a premier community in which to vacation, live, work, and do business. Through participation in the Chamber, members are able to accomplish collectively what they could not do individually. Through its Visitor & Convention Bureau and Economic Development Commission programs, the Chamber of Commerce plays a leading role in promoting tourism, attracting new businesses, retaining and assisting existing businesses to grow and succeed.

  • For more information on services provided by the Santa Maria Valley Economic Development Commission, please call (805) 925-2403.