Economic Development Projects

The Redevelopment Agency's goals for economic development include:

  1. Improve the local transportation system, consisting of local and arterial streets, parking, and related transit, pedestrian and bicycle facilities;
  2. Promote a stable, diversified, and expanded economic base; and
  3. Promote improvement of public infrastructure and facilities, such as parks, storm drainage, sewage collection systems, and water distribution systems.

Current Economic Development Projects.

Arcata Foodworks 

The Foodworks Culinary Center includes a fully equipped commercial Community Kitchen that is available for rent by the hour or by the day, the College of the Redwoods Teaching Kitchen and commercial kitchens available as long term rentals.

Samoa Boulevard Gateway 

Samoa Boulevard neighborhood serves as a primary gateway for visitors who come to Arcata. The Samoa Boulevard Neighborhood has a number of natural features, functions, and uses that are beneficial to the City of Arcata. These include the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, McDaniel Slough, a segment of the Arcata Bay trail system, and a portion of the Arcata Bottom, one of Arcata’s important cultural landscapes.

Currently, the City's Public Works Department is having plans reviewed by Caltrans to complete gateway improvements along Samoa Boulevard.

Business Incubator 

The City of Arcata Community Development Department has worked with consultants to conduct a targeted industry assessment and analyze the feasibility of developing a business incubator program. The business incubator will be designed to share resources across the Arcata community by means of both physical and virtual presence. It is to offer entrepreneurial opportunities, workforce training, and business network expansion.  

Final Document is now available for review.  
Business Incubator Feasibilty Study with Appendices

Arcata Theatre 

In 2008 the Arcata Redevelopment Agency loaned money to the owners of a historic theatre in the downtown district. In 2009 the Arcata Theatre Lounge opened as an entertainment venue and features live music, food, beverages, and films.

Humboldt Flakeboard Panels Inc. 

In 2008 the City of Arcata funded a loan to Humboldt Flakeboard Panels Inc. through the Community Development Block Grant Program, to ensure the continued operation of the business and the retention of 69 local jobs.