About Us

Ventura's Economic Development Division is one of six divisions housed within the City Manager's Department. Economic Development staff work in partnership with the business community to support the creation of revenues from which community benefits are realized. 

Economic Development staff interfaces with businesses, community leaders, non-profits and other government agencies to enhance Ventura’s economic development activities. The Economic Development Division is responsible for providing resources that help businesses PLAN, MAKE POSSIBLE, OPEN SHOP and THRIVE in the City of Ventura. These resources include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing resources that help start, retain or grow your business in Ventura
  • Help businesses navigate the public agency process through our Ombudsmen efforts
  • Provide research, market analysis, and industry/community related data and statistics to support business activities

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Economic Development Staff

Meredith Hart-HeadshotMeredith Hart

Economic Development Manager
(805) 658-4735

Meredith is a Ventura native with more than 10 years of public and private sector experience. She has a strong background in strategic planning, project management, and effective collaboration working with Ventura's business community. She previously served as the City's Safe & Clean Manager, where she worked with businesses and community groups to address homelessness and housing needs within the City.


Prior to joining the City, Meredith worked at Downtown Ventura Partners, where she served as the deputy director. In this role, she focused on fostering a vibrant commercial district through business engagement and created retention, expansion, and attraction programs for restaurants and retailers. She also hosted a business development conference for downtown businesses and enhanced safety measures by implementing the Downtown Ambassador Programs.  

Cary Glenn-Headshot

Cary Glenn

Economic Development Associate

Cary began her career with the City of Ventura in 1998, providing administrative, supervisory and management support to several City departments including the City Manager’s Office (Civic Engagement Division) and the Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships Department. Cary is currently a Management Analyst in the Economic Development Division of the City Manager’s Office. Cary works in tandem with the Economic Development Manager and the business community to enhance and improve the economic well-being of the Ventura community.

Born and raised in California, Cary has been a Ventura County resident since 1979 and a proud Ventura resident since 1993. Cary received her B.S. in Organizational Leadership from California Lutheran University (CLU) in Thousand Oaks. Outside of the office, Cary enjoys photography, traveling, and exploring the nooks and crannies of Ventura County.

Economic Development Committee

Our elected officials recognize the importance and value of economic development and prosperity in our city which is why it remains one of the City Council’s top priorities. The Economic Development Committee, a subcommittee of the Ventura City Council, is a dedicated group of three council members who are responsible for guiding the implementation of the Economic Development Strategy and making recommendations to the entire Council on matters relating to economic development.  

Committee meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of each month (except August and December) at 3:30 p.m. in Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St. guiding the implementation of the Economic Development Strategy   and   making   recommendations   to   the   entire Council on matters relating to economic development

  • Doug Halter, Chair
  • Lorrie Brown, Vice Chair
  • Mike Johnson, Committee Member