Economic Development

Experience the Butte County Advantage: Butte County, California is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. The County is committed to protecting and enhancing agriculture as the backbone of the local economy and for the open spaces that make Butte County a beautiful place to live and work.

Development Assistance

Butte County Economic Development provides assistance through the entire development process for businesses interested in starting, expanding or relocating in Butte County. As you proceed with your development project in Butte County, take advantage of the development assistance available to streamline the process.

Business Ombudsman

In order to provide top level customer service to businesses either currently located in Butte County, or considering growing into the County, businesses have the ability to tap a single source of assistance through the County's Office of Economic and Community Development. The County's ombudsman will assist businesses in learning more about the various programs and services available to help grow their business, direct businesses to various other County Departments for specific questions or concerns regarding land development, and assist when questions or concerns may arise during the development process.

Business Ombudsman Contact:
Katie Simmons
Deputy Administrative Officer - Economic and Community Development
Butte County

Economic Development Assistance Committee (EDAC) Meetings

Businesses interested in discussing plans to develop a new business or expand or retain their existing operation in Butte County have the ability to meet with all of the Butte County land development departments during an Economic Development Assistance Committee (EDAC) meeting. These meetings provide business owners and their representatives an opportunity to discuss such items as site suitability, zoning/permitted uses, improvement requirements, and business/economic development assistance.

The following departments are regularly involved in EDAC meetings:

  • Administration - Office of Economic and Community Development
  • Development Services - Building Division
  • Development Services - Planning Division
  • Public Works - Land Development Division
  • Public Health - Environmental Health
  • Butte County Fire
  • Other County departments and service providers as requested

EDAC Contact:
Mark Michelena
Senior Planner
Butte County


Katie Simmons
Deputy Administrative Officer
Economic and Community Development

 Location and Hours

Economic Development
25 County Center Drive
Suite 200
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Excludes Holidays

Get In Touch

Katie Simmons
Deputy Administrative Officer
Economic and Community Development

25 County Center Dr. Ste. 213, Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: 530.552.3338 | Email:

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