Community & Economic Development

Economic Development


Economic development is programs, policies or activities that seek to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community. The City of Phoenix partners with Sothern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) for efforts related to regional business recruitment, development and retention. Much of the efforts of SOREDI focus on large, traded sector businesses.

The City of Phoenix includes Economic Development as a function of the Community and Economic Development (CEDEV) Department to ensure that policies and projects related to development, land use and planning are designed and implemented with consideration of the impacts on business retention, development and recruitment.

The City of Phoenix wants to support existing businesses in their continued success and development while also working with businesses and developers to bring more commerce to Phoenix.  The CEDEV Department helps with business retention and development primarily by working with business owners and community members to identify actions needed to remove unnecessary barriers for businesses and to implement projects designed to support businesses. These actions include amending the City’s urban growth boundary (UGB) to add much of the area known as the South Valley Employment Center (area north of Phoenix along North Phoenix Road). This area is intended to provide large tracts of land for regional employment opportunities.

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The City of Phoenix is also in the process of applying for funds to help construct new shared parking and stormwater treatment facilities in the downtown area. These facilities will help to support existing businesses in the downtown core while also helping to reduce the cost of development for those considering building in downtown Phoenix.  As part of this project, the city will be planning for sidewalks along Hwy 99 south of downtown, in an area seeing an increase in pedestrian activity over the past couple of years.

In addition to current and long-range planning efforts, the CEDEV Department acts as the conduit between the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Urban Renewal Agency (PHURA). CEDEV is chiefly responsible for administering the grant programs of PHURA and is the best point of contact for questions related to PHURA programs and activities.


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Incentives & Tools


Economic Data


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