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The City of Arcadia’s Economic Development Team welcomes you to explore the rich history, current growth, and future development potential of our City!

Fostering a business-friendly environment, the City is proud of its mix of small businesses, support services, and large institutions. The City boasts a population of over 56,000 with over 25,000 employees (Detailed City Demographics) and provides a diverse and highly educated population base. Through the Arcadia Business Assistance Program, our economic development staff will work with you hand in hand to quickly guide you through the approval process from the first point of contact all the way to the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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The City of Arcadia has a thriving and successful regional shopping center in Westfield Santa Anita, and is lucky to have a diverse local economy with a mix of commercial, retail, office, service, and industrial uses. Add in world-famous Santa Anita Park Racetrack, a booming medical office sector in close proximity to Methodist Hospital, and a Gold Line Light Rail connection to Pasadena and Downtown Los Angeles, and the City has an outstanding economic development platform with a great deal of room for growth. A summary of current Commercial Development Activity in Arcadia showcases some of the current activity.

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The City's various business corridors are distinct, and each presents their own opportunities. An intact Historic Downtown provides excellent "bones" and solid building stock, and is seeking anchors and land uses to really make the area the active, pedestrian-friendly zone desired. The Baldwin Avenue corridor is a popular and busy stretch of the City, complete with top shelf Asian restaurants (See Arcadia Dining Guide) and a number of busy retail centers.

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The Live Oak District presents a classic commercial corridor where older, established uses are mixing with new residential and commercial in-fill development as the area continues to evolve. Duarte Road and Foothill Boulevard are "fine grained" commercial districts with more of a residential feel, and effective and thriving service corridors. And finally, the Peck Rd/Lower Azusa district provides a logistics, warehousing, and manufacturing area with direct access to the I-605 Freeway.

We invite you to see Arcadia and experience our commitment to a business friendly environment and a great business experience above and beyond your expectations.

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