About the EDC

The mission of the Santa Maria Valley Economic Development Commission is to advocate and promote economic growth and vitality throughout the Santa Maria Valley.  The EDC provides programming and resources that reinforce job growth, promote business sustainability and expansion, attract new companies, and contribute to Santa Maria being a strong, vibrant city in which to live and work.

Economic Development Commission – Members

The Economic Development Commission is a volunteer oversight committee, appointed by the Board of Directors for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce in consultation with our funding partners.   The Commission provides guidance in developing an annual Economic Development Action Plan and ensures oversight of the implementation of that plan.   The Commission meets quarterly to receive updates on key economic indicators and activity; identify opportunities for, and barriers to, economic growth in the community; and helps identify key initiatives to be undertaken in response to those factors.

Members of the Commission include:

Chair:  Tim Ritchie, Home Motors 

Larry Appel, City of Santa Maria

Dan Blough, Dan Blough Construction

Jim Bray, Pacific Coast Energy

Anne Cremarosa, SM Business Development Cntr

Dave Cross, Fletcher Cross Associates

Danny Deveraux, CalPortland

Jason Diani, Diani Companies

Mark Fugate, Charter Brokerage

Angelica Gutierrez, Rabobank

Tony Guy, Zodiac Cabin Interiors

Chris Hastert, Santa Maria Public Airport

Jay Hardy, Hardy Diagnostics

Rick Haydon, City of Santa Maria

Rob Himoto, Santa Maria Valley Railroad

Mike Kirkwood, EconAlliance

Sofia Lariz, Emerald Broadcasting

Kerin Mase, Marian Regional Medical Center

Glenn Morris, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce

Steve Scott, Scott Construction

David Swenk, Urban Planning Concepts

Kevin Walthers, Allan Hancock College

Brooks Wise, Heritage Oaks Bank

About our Partners

The EDC is a public-private partnership between the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, the City of Santa Maria, and the Santa Maria Public Airport District.

City of Santa Maria – An All-American City

The largest city in the tri-county Central Coast, Santa Maria is a dynamic and prosperous place to work, live and raise a family.  Its mild year-round climate and backdrop of coastline, wine country, and abundant agriculture is home to an energetic workforce, commercial and industrial-zoned land, airport and locally-owned railroad.

Blessed with near-perfect climate, Santa Maria is known for its rich agricultural surroundings.   Our backdrop of coastline and wine country, world-famous Santa Maria Style BBQ, Elks Rodeo, and the Santa Barbara County Fair, provide unlimited year-round recreation and leisure opportunities.  An energetic workforce, excellent schools, low crime, great weather, wonderful air quality and abundant water are just a few of the reasons businesses come to  Santa Maria.

Named an All-American City in 1998, Santa Maria is home to 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.  The Santa Maria Municipal Airport boasts an 8,000-plus runway and a new 220+ acre industrial park to accommodate a wide range of business activity.  Santa Maria is one of the few communities on the Central Coast that still welcomes and facilitates new residential and commercial development.

Santa Maria Public Airport District

Located in the heart of the California Central Coast, Santa Maria 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.

The Airport District is currently working to launch a Business Park with over 200 acres designated for office and light industrial uses adjacent to the airport.

The airport facilities are spacious, and the airport provides many accommodations including free parking and free wi-fi.

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in northern Santa Barbara County.  Its members include small businesses, corporations, associations, and individual professionals.   Since its inception in 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.

The Chamber organizes and directs the efforts of those who share the desire to improve the conditions under which business is conducted.  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, 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.

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