The City of Palmdale is very interested in attracting new business and industry to our community. Our proactive, business-friendly government offers an aggressive combination of resources to businesses considering relocation or expansion into our vibrant, growing community. The City prides itself on its sensitivity to the needs and concerns of business and industry. In addition, the City has a number of incentives available to businesses and industries relocating to Palmdale.
The South Valley WorkSource Center is designed to help match worker skills with your company's needs. The Center offers pre-screening services to make sure that job candidates meet your specific needs. In addition, the Center offers assessment, workshops, training, job clubs, job availability and referral assistance. For more information, contact the Employment Development Department: 661/265-7421.
The Employment Training Panel provides funds to assist businesses in acquiring and retaining a highly skilled workforce with expertise in very specific fields. Skill upgrades and continuous training for certifications increase employee motivation and morale. This also benefits your company's productivity and competitiveness. For more information, contact Wally Aguilar from the California Trade & Commerce Agency: 661/683-2633
Organizations may receive an 11 percent tax credit for in-house research and development or a 24 percent tax credit on outsourced research and development. For more information, contact the Franchise Tax Board: 800/852-5711.
Employers who pay or incur costs for the startup of a childcare program or construction of an on-site childcare facility are eligible for a credit equal to 30 percent of its costs, up to a maximum of $50,000 in one year. For more information, contact the Franchise Tax Board: 800/852-5711.
Low-interest financing is provided through tax exempt industrial development revenue bonds (IDB). Eligible projects include construction of a new plant or replacement of an existing plant. Industrial activities which are eligible for IDB include assembly, fabrication, manufacturing and processing. For more information, contact Dave Walter at the City's economic development department: 661/267-5125.
The Business Watch Program provides businesses with the tools needed to make shopping safer for your customers and employees. Relationships are built with fellow businesses and local law enforcement in order to deter and prevent crime. To learn more about the Business Watch Program, click here or contact City's office of public safety: 661/267-5153.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which is administered by the College of the Canyons for North L.A. County, has consultants with expertise in the fields of finance, general business management, marketing and operations. They are available by appointment to meet with local businesses at the South Valley Work Source Center in Palmdale. To learn more about the services they offer and to make an appointment, contact their offices at College of the Canyons: 661/294-9375 or 661/259-3874.
Service Corps of Retired Executives provides free counseling services to the small business community, including assistance with business plan formulation. For more information, contact Harry Brodock: 661/947-7679.
Current business owners and prospective business owners in Palmdale have a direct link to City Hall via the City's business retention liaison. The liaison serves as the key contact to help business owners through the permit and development processes. The liaison fields questions from business people about City ordinances and policies affecting them and coordinates on-site visits with the Mayor and business owner.
For more information, please contact Business Liaison Dave Walter: 661/267-5125.