About Your City of Ventura Economic Development Team
Ventura's Economic Development Division is located within the City Manager's Office. Economic Development staff work in partnership with the business community to cultivate an environment for economic sustainability, growth, and a balanced economy for the residents of Ventura.
ED 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 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
Estelle BussaEconomic Development ManagerPhone: 805-677-3947
Estelle is a fourth generation Ventura native and has a strong background in strategic planning, project manager and effective collaboration. In her role as Economic Development Manager, Estelle works closely with the City Council Economic Development Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Ventura Partners, Visit Ventura, the Ventura Port District and other business partners. As a member of the Community Development Management Team, Estelle works closely with the Planning and Building and Safety Divisions to support the City’s efforts to encourage private sector investment in Ventura.Estelle previously worked four years at Patagonia where she served as International Planning Manager, Ecommerce Forecast Planner and Senior Supply Chain Analyst. She also has experience working for Adidas Group as a Senior Project Manager in Brand Harmonization.
Estelle received her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management, from the University of Portland and a BA in Social Sciences from San Diego State University. She is proud alumni of Ventura High School and Ventura College, where she was a back-to-back State Champion in Woman’s Basketball.“Ventura is a great place to live, work, and do business. I am looking forward to building a strong economic future where my daughter and future generations can thrive”
Cary L. GlennManagement Analyst IIPhone: 805-677-3958Cary 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 Community Development Department, Economic Development Division. 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.