Economic Development

Economic Development

Explore Yucaipa! 

Nestled in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains in the Inland Empire region of Southern California, Yucaipa covers an area of 10 square miles complete with open space, a charming downtown area with boutique shops and many dining options, and fantastic business and residential opportunities.  Incorporated in 1989, the City has a well-established community consisting of 53,921 active and engaged residents that call Yucaipa home, with that population steadily growing over the years.  The growing population is a testament to Yucaipa’s ideal location to raise a family and opportunity for business.  The diverse commercial and residential development occurring throughout town reflect the growing population and their needs, as well as the visitors that travel to Yucaipa either en-route to a nearby destination such as Forest Falls and Oak Glen, or to enjoy Yucaipa’s natural beauty through the many recreational opportunities offered in town.

Regionally, Yucaipa is known to many as a destination for a quick day trip, or a refreshing weekend.  Recreational opportunities abound in our naturally beautiful City where hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, and virtually every outdoor recreational activity can be enjoyed in Yucaipa.  In Yucaipa, there is something for everyone.  Head out to the Crafton Hills trails, Grape Street trail head, Dunlap Channel trail head or the Wildwood Canyon State Park trail head, for a nike in Yucaipa’s rolling hills.  For an expedition that can truly fill the day, head to the Yucaipa Regional Park and enjoy the panoramic views of the San Bernardino Mountains and Mount San Gorgonio.  Plan your next vacation, family reunion, or even your quick weekend getaway in Yucaipa.

Featured Opportunity: Yucaipa Boulevard and 13thStreet

Our Services

The Economic Development team in the City Manager’s Office is dedicated to creating a vibrant and thriving economy in Yucaipa for both businesses and residents.  We are committed to supporting business growth and development by assisting new, growing, and legacy businesses in Yucaipa.

Please contact Caroline Velarde in the City’s Economic Development Division by emailing or call (909) 797-2489 ext. 227 if you have any questions about City Services for existing businesses, expanding your business, or locating your business in Yucaipa.

Business Assistance and Resources

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Yucaipa’s main business community is located along Yucaipa Boulevard and I-10.  As a primarily residential community, the City has been undertaking efforts for many years to support and expand its business community by investing in Uptown, encouraging commercial development along major corridors, and supporting new business along I-10.

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Companies receive a unique variety of business services and assistance through the City’s Economic Development staff. The City seeks to actively assist companies with their business needs which range from providing site selection assistance to tools for business growth.

Site Selection Assistance

View listings of sites in Yucaipa available for lease or purchase here.

In addition, the City’s Economic Development team can assist with site-selection packages, including information on property ownership, utility services, and demographics to assist qualified businesses in finding the right location.  For more information, contact Caroline Velarde at (909) 797-2489 ext. 227 or via email at

Business Support Services

Economic Development Department staff offers business support services to businesses.

Several regional and state business resource agencies exist to provide information and assistance to start-up enterprises and existing businesses.

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The Economic Development staff is poised to assist by serving as a project partner during all phases of due diligence, development, and/or tenant improvements for existing facilities.  We provide overall ombudsman service including site selection assistance, community information and demographics, and project tracking during the planning/entitlement process. These services include but are not limited to:

  • Assembling discovery meetings with relevant staff from the City and other agencies to support developers in their due diligence site/development research
  • Troubleshooting planning or entitlement issues for developers
  • Assisting developers with navigating the development process

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If you’re a local business owner needing to expand your market area… If you’re a resident looking for things to do in Yucaipa… If you’re a visitor looking for a fun day-trip to a nearby community… Explore Yucaipa! will lead you there! Explore Yucaipa! is a tourism campaign designed to promote events, outdoor activities, shopping, and dining activities. The Explore Yucaipa! campaign will promote the City at a regional level and encourages the regional resident to discover Yucaipa. The goal is to help stimulate and grow the local economy by infusing the regional shopper into Yucaipa and connecting the visitor to local businesses. The campaign is intended to not only attract the regional visitor, but to encourage Yucaipa residents to explore the community’s recreational opportunities, in some cases for the first time, as well as to explore the local shopping, dining, and services available.

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Historic Uptown Property Owners Association

On June 23, 1997, the City Council adopted a resolution establishing a Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) known as Yucaipa Village Square Management District #1. On July 13, 2009, the City Council adopted a Resolution establishing a second Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) known as Yucaipa Village Square Management District #2. PBIDs have been used successfully in over 250 commercial districts throughout California to increase sales, attract new tenants, increase occupancies, and stabilize property values. The purpose of the Districts is to provide a funding mechanism for levying assessments on properties located within Districts #1 and #2 in order to fund ongoing monthly utility costs for landscape irrigation and area lighting as well as some costs of maintaining this landscaping unique to the Uptown area. District #1 includes properties located along California Street between Yucaipa Boulevard and Avenue B and District #2 includes properties along Yucaipa Boulevard between Bryant Street and 2nd Street.

The Yucaipa Village Square Property Owners Association (“Association”), in concert with the City of Yucaipa, is responsible for the ongoing day-to-day management and administration of the Yucaipa Village Square Management Districts #1 and #2. The Association is a non-profit corporation formed by property owners located in the Yucaipa Village Square Management District #1 and #2. The annual programs, budgets and assessments for the Yucaipa Village Square Management District shall be determined by the Association, who shall also serve as the PBID “property owners association” described in State PBID Law. This Board is responsible for the general oversight of the District including approval of the annual work programs and budgets, monitoring performance, and ensuring compliance with appropriate rules and regulations, including the PBID management agreement with the City of Yucaipa. This Board generally meets on a monthly basis. When related to PBID matters, such meetings are subject to the State of California “Brown Act” open meeting requirements. Records of this Association pertaining to PBID related matters shall be available for public review as stipulated by State Law. Pursuant to State law, the Association Board shall file, for approval by the City Council, an annual report for the upcoming year for which assessments shall be levied.


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