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Workforce development &
small-business assistance

Carlsbad Commuter app

Carlsbad Life in Action Recruiter

Carlsbad Job-Readiness Room


Doing business

The economic development team is here to serve and support the city’s business community. Whether you are a small business or our largest tech employer, the city wants to make sure your business thrives in Carlsbad. The city team is here to help with getting your business license, bidding on projects and contracts or meeting with our development services team about permits and processes. You can learn more about the benefits of starting or expanding a business in Carlsbad at our Doing Business in Carlsbad story map. If you are a business looking for a new space in Carlsbad, please email economic development staff at

Useful resources 

The Guide to Opening an Eating Establishment provides insight on where you can open an eating establishment in our city and how the process works. Useful information for food truck and sidewalk vendors can be found on our website as well. 

New state and local environmental regulations are being phased in over the next couple of years. Find information on these regulations, as well as resources for your staff and customers, on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle page. 

Talent attraction & retention

One of the City Council’s strategic focus areas is bringing quality jobs to the city in today’s globally competitive economy. Carlsbad's Life In Action initiative is a resource for employers looking to land that perfect candidate. It provides additional tools, such as a hiring toolkit with media assets, brochures and infographics, to make the case for why the job in Carlsbad is the right one. 

The Carlsbad Job-Readiness Room is a free program that helps residents build job skills and bolster their chances of landing a new job in Carlsbad. Entry-level workers are invited to take 15 hours of job-readiness skills training online, at a self-guided pace. The city will then help participants secure a job interview with a local company in one of three fields, including hospitality and tourism, manufacturing, or general office administration.

Economic Snapshots

Carlsbad Economic Snapshot FY 2022-2023 Q3
Carlsbad Economic Snapshot FY 2022-2023 Q2
Carlsbad Economic Snapshot FY 2022-2023 Q1

Economic Development Strategic Plan

Carlsbad Economic Development Strategic Plan

Biennial Business Report

The biennial business report provides an understanding of specific attributes of Carlsbad’s business climate, including workforce and hiring needs, access to clients and customers, and permitting and regulatory concerns, among other issues for Carlsbad’s business community.

2022 Carlsbad Business Report

COVID-19 updates

The city's economic development staff is working with the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and the Carlsbad Village Association to provide business-related COVID-19 updates here.

Connect with us

Carlsbad has a range of options for businesses to establish, grow and thrive. If you are ready to learn more about doing business along the creative coast or have general questions about doing business in our city, contact the Innovation & Economic Development Department at

News headlines

  • Newsroom - 2023-07-26T144043.677

    Surplus invested for financial health

    On Tuesday, the City Council approved investing unspent money from last year’s budget to reduce future pension payments, replenish self-insurance funds, and pay for public safety equipment, additional school crossing guards, trails maintenance, art programs and other one-time costs not included in t


  • Newsroom - 2023-06-21T172316.869

    Carlsbad recognized for data excellence

    The City of Carlsbad was selected as one of two new U.S. cities and one of seven worldwide to receive the Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities Certification for 2023. The What Works Cities Certification program, launched in 2017 by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is the first-of-its-kind standard of


  • Newsroom - 2023-01-31T113229.782

    Growth management next steps

    On Tuesday, the City Council received a report with recommendations from a resident-led committee on issues and standards that will help ensure Carlsbad retains an excellent quality of life as it continues to grow.


  • Newsroom - 2023-06-21T172316.869

    Carlsbad earns new certification for excellent use of data

    The City of Carlsbad was selected as one of seven new cities to receive the Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities Certification for 2023. The certification recognizes cities for exceptional use of data to inform policy decisions, allocate funding, improve services, evaluate program effectivenes


  • Newsroom - 2023-05-18T163941.013

    FY 2023-24 Budget Adopted

    At its meeting on June 13, the Carlsbad City Council adopted a balanced budget for fiscal year 2023-2024, which spans from July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024.

    06/14/2023 9:32 AM

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    Budget workshop 6/1

    Carlsbad community members interested in knowing more about the city’s budget and what is proposed for the fiscal year that starts July 1 have two upcoming opportunities:


  • Newsroom - 2023-05-18T163941.013

    Review draft city budget

    The City of Carlsbad’s proposed budget for next fiscal year invests in the City Council’s highest priorities, sets money aside for future infrastructure needs and grows the city’s cash reserves, while


  • Green business network members

    Carlsbad Green Business Network

    On April 18, the Carlsbad City Council recognized 12 newly certified green businesses that have taken steps to implement green business practices while saving money at the same time. That more than doubles the number of businesses participating since the Carlsbad Green Business Program launched.

    04/20/2023 5:01 PM

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    Securing Carlsbad's long term financial health

    We shared an update on our long-term projected revenues and expenses with the City Council.

    04/12/2023 6:31 PM

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    City budget receives award of excellence

    The City of Carlsbad has received the Operating Budget Excellence Award from the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers for its Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Operating Budget.


  • Faraday newsroom 2

    Financial and economic update

    While acknowledging positive economic indicators, city finance staff advised continued fiscal discipline at the mid-point of the fiscal year, during a presentation to the City Council Tuesday. The


  • Carlsbad small business

    Economic Development Strategic Plan

    Economic Development Strategic Plan provides roadmap to economic vitality

    01/13/2023 8:43 AM

  • City Hall exterior

    Carlsbad wins national award for budget presentation

    The City of Carlsbad has once again been honored with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, recognizing the city’s commitment to meeting the highest standards of governmental budgeting.


  • City Hall exterior

    Elected officials sworn in

    The City of Carlsbad administered the Oath of Office for its newly elected officials on Tuesday, along with holding ceremonies for outgoing Mayor Matt Hall and District 1 City Council Member Peder Norby.

    12/13/2022 5:50 PM

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    City financial update presented

    The City of Carlsbad’s main sources of income are up an average of 10% for the first quarter of the fiscal year, thanks to a continuing economic rebound following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. However, city finance staff caution that high inflation, upcoming pension costs and the possibility


  • Woman at computer

    City of Carlsbad wins top 10 Digital Cities Award

    The City of Carlsbad earned top-tier recognition in the Center for Digital Government’s 2022 Digital Cities Survey. The awards recognize cities that utilize technology to improve the government experience for their communities. Carlsbad ranked ninth in the nation among cities with a population of 75


  • Newsroom - 2022-11-08T161155.951

    Job-readiness program expands to five North County cities

    North County residents now have access to a free, new program that can help them build job skills and land a guaranteed interview with a company in Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos or Vista.


  • Newsroom - 2022-10-18T130318.183

    San Diego Startup Week to start in Carlsbad Oct. 25

    San Diego Startup Week begins on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and the first day of the 10th annual conference for local entrepreneurs will be held in Carlsbad. The event brings together startup leaders, tech talent and the investors across greater San Diego.

    10/18/2022 3:40 PM

  • Newsroom - 2022-08-19T154638.207

    Watch State of the City video

    You can learn more about some of the Carlsbad’s major projects and initiatives from the past year, as well as what’s planned for the year ahead, by watching the 2022 State of the City video.


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    Clean Energy Alliance growing

    Four more North County Cities – Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista – have joined the Clean Energy Alliance, a greener energy alternative that has been serving Carlsbad residents since May 2021.


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