The Community & Economic Development Department champions economic vitality and safe, livable neighborhoods which reflect, preserve, and enhance Soledad’s unique cultural and historic character; the department also promotes informed decision making, which facilitates sustainable development, affordable housing, and reinvestment in the community.
The department is divided into the following groups:
The Economic Development Division promotes investments in the City and helps secure quality goods and services for local residents and businesses. Specific goals are to provide retail opportunities to meet the needs of our citizens, promote research activities, create diverse job opportunities, and to assist in the fiscal stability of the city.
Maintaining a healthy business environment for the City of Soledad is our priority. We recognize that a healthy business sector provides the resources necessary to sustain jobs and services for our citizens. Business retention and expansion programs are successfully being implemented to improve the City’s revenue base, create jobs for residents, and provide for the overall well being of the Soledad business community.
Encouraging an ongoing dialogue with businesses and building relationships with business leaders are critical factors for business retention. To that end, the City’s Economic Development Division sponsors or conducts a number of business outreach programs that offer new and established businesses alike, education and emerging business trends and opportunities.
Economic Development refers to policies and programs to help increase the community’s economic activity in order to create more and better jobs and to provide greater choice and competitive prices for goods and services. A healthy economy also increases revenues to the local government through more property tax and through additional sales tax, which equates to financial re-investment in city services and our business community.
During the 1990’s to the 2000’s, Soledad almost doubled its population through the development of single-family and multi-family housing. With this development came many benefits to the community of Soledad and Monterey County in providing for opportunities for a growing regional workforce to own or rent affordable housing.
This development allowed Soledad to build a state-of-the-art, STEM-focused high school and three additional neighborhood-centered elementary schools. An expanded middle school will be completed in 2018. Additional neighborhood parks, walking trails, greenbelts were added. A full-service community center was built to compliment the city’s year-round aquatic center.
Following the city’s expansion was the addition of retail shopping centers complimenting our diverse offering of downtown small businesses, banking, and service providers. Soledad residents and visitors have convenient access to grocery, automotive, fuel, health, dining, and retail services. A new multiplex cinema is expected to open in 2019.
Soledad is a young and growing community. As the Community and Economic Development Department looks to the future, it is with the understanding that it will need to remain focused on providing affordable workforce housing and housing for our young residents who will want to live, work and raise their own families in the small town atmosphere of their own upbringing.
Our staff recognizes that not every generation desires or needs single-family housing. It will be important to continue to diversify our housing stock to include appropriately sized housing for senior citizens and those who wish to live and work in our community while living in a dwelling space that is right-sized for their lifestyle.
There remains a great need in Monterey County for temporary housing, farmworker housing, and market-rate multifamily housing. Adding these types of housing to our city offerings will enhance the community and provide the most appropriate type of housing for the needs of those who wish to live and work and call Soledad home.
248 Main Street • Soledad, CA 93960
Phone: 831-223-5000 • Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm