Economic Development Department

The Economic Development Department strives to:

  • develop jobs by attracting new businesses to Stockton, 
  • maintain a healthy business environment for existing businesses, 
  • assist small business start-ups, and 
  • provide housing for low-income residents.  

The department also manages City assets and the Central Parking District and collaborates with outside agencies to support business development. 


CARES Act Programs

COVID-19 Essential Support Grant Program

Essential Support

This program provides emergency funding to families and individuals experiencing immediate economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 public health crisis, preventing households from being able to provide necessary provisions to their families or themselves.



Eligible households may receive assistance if there is a demonstrated or imminent need and if program funding is available.

One-time grant assistance of $1,000 will be provided to no more than two (2) adult income-eligible individuals per household, with a maximum household assistance of $2,000. 


Each applicant must submit their own application and documents demonstrating a reduction in income, due to any of the following:

  • job loss or reduced work hours
  • missing work due to a minor child's school closure
  • other similar causes
  • certification of no income


This program is funded by the City of Stockton and administered by El Concilio.  For questions or assistance, please contact El Concilio at (209) 644-2649 or email:



Temporary Outdoor Permits

To assist local restaurants and personal care services during the Local Emergency related to COVID-19, the City of Stockton will be offering Temporary Outdoor Permits for both dining and personal care services, such as hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, body waxing, and tattoo parlors.

For a link to applications and permit requirements, please visit the Community Development Department webpage.


Department Information and Programs 


Target Industries


External Links

Downtown Stockton Alliance

San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

San Joaquin Delta College Small Business Development Center

San Joaquin Partnership



The African American Chamber of Commerce of San Joaquin County

Central Valley Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce

San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce



This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 10/5/2020

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