Doing Business in Soledad
With a centrally located trade area of 70,000 people, the community of Soledad represents untapped potential and an underserved populace. The City of Soledad’s Community & Economic Development team is highly motivated to provide economic development for the community by delivering prompt and efficient access to resources to any type or size of business. The city maintains some of the lowest development fees in the region and provides a competitive business license fee schedule. Our hands-on staff is in the business of working to eliminate red tape and skilled at fast-tracking plans and projects.
Downtown Business District
Located on historic U.S. Route 101, the City of Soledad’s downtown business district provides highway travelers with a downtown view that preserves the small-town charm of “Main Street” America. A revitalization program, implemented in the early 2000s provided an updated façade and streetscape to the business district, which provides core services to residents and visitors alike. The city’s Downtown Specific Plan supports maintaining the charming character of this district while promoting a thriving small business economy.
The district, home to the Soledad Visitor’s and Gateway Center, has many opportunities and lots available for commercial development of storefronts, boutique hotels, visitor services, hospitality enterprises, and restaurants supporting a burgeoning tourism industry surrounding Pinnacles National Park and the River Road Wine Trail. Restaurant entrepreneurs will find a market with an unmet desire for a diversity of ethnic, craft, and soul food genres.
Neighborhood Commercial Sector
Soledad remains a focus area for providing much-needed workforce housing for Monterey County. Housing development plans provide for retail space for neighborhood commercial development. Existing developments have sites available for immediate development.
Highway Commercial District
The City of Soledad’s highway commercial sector is a thriving, diverse, and vibrant retail district within the community providing services and retail offerings to both local and regional residents and highway travelers. Anchored by a full-service chain grocery store and national chain pharmacy, this district offers urgent medical care, quick-serve and sit down dining, auto parts, and fuel outlets. In 2018, a multiplex movie theater will break ground as a welcome addition to the district.
The Soledad Industrial Park offers light and heavy industrial manufacturers with a convenient location to build adjacent to the busiest highway and rail shipping lanes on the west coast, along with access to a skilled, adaptable, and trainable workforce. Affordable land and eagre “build-to-suit” developers are additional advantages to developing or expanding your existing manufacturing enterprise in Soledad. This park is well-suited for wineries, food processing operations, and any size product manufacturer that is looking for an edge in managing the cost of production.
Education & Workforce Development
One of the advantages to establishing any size business in Soledad is our multipronged commitment to workforce development. Soledad, which sits in close proximity to Californian State University, Monterey Bay, is the upcoming site of a new two and a half acre satellite campus for Hartnell Community College. The Center for Employment Training campus, located within the industrial park offers courses in green building construction skills and certification training for electricians and truck drivers. Soledad High School adheres to Career and College Ready Standards that support Career Technical Education pathways that will prepare students for 21st Century careers.