Economic Development

Economic development is the dynamic process of attracting private investment to keep the community vibrant. It means making Westminster a place you love to live, or visit, and involves a wide range of activities that span all City departments in one form or another.

The Mayor and City Council approved a small business grant program utilizing Federal CARES Act funding allocated to the City through Supervisor Do's Office. The window for applications has closed. 

Selection of Grant Recipients

Submitting an application does not guarantee grant funding. A lottery was held on September 3rd to select potential grant recipients. The first 75 businesses drawn in the lottery will be awarded a grant if it is confirmed that the business complies with eligibility requirements for the grant program. After the first 75 businesses were drawn in the lottery, all other applicants were drawn to create a list of alternates.  If any of the first 75 businesses drawn are determined ineligible, the vacancies will be filled by alternates in the order in which they were drawn.

Below is a list of the first 75 businesses drawn in the lottery and the alternates (listed in the order in which they were drawn).

Lottery Results List 

Next Steps for Applicants

If your business was one of the first 75 businesses drawn in the lottery, the authorized representative of the business (as listed on the application) will receive an email from Alan Alé at RSG requesting documentation of compliance with the eligibility requirements. Please provide the requested documents within 2 weeks of receipt of the email.

If your business was drawn as an alternate, the authorized representative of the business (as listed on the application) will receive an email from Alan Alé at RSG notifying you if you have an opportunity to fill a vacancy. At that time, Mr. Alé will also request documentation of compliance with the eligibility requirements. Please provide the requested documents within 2 weeks of receipt of the email.

If your business is deemed ineligible to participate in the grant program, we will notify you via email with the reason. By mid-October, all applicants will be notified via email as to whether they are awarded the grant. For the businesses that are awarded grants, funds will be distributed by check to the business address provided in the application.

Questions

The City of Westminster has hired an independent company, RSG Inc., to review applications on behalf of the City. If you have questions about the process, please contact Alan Alé at RSG by phone at 714-316-2195 or by email at AALE@WEBRSG.COM.

Please visit the Project W website for business resources, or to sign up to be notified when application materials are available. Additional information will be posted to this page when available.

Some other current examples of economic development efforts include:

  • Creation of the Westminster Mall Specific Plan to help reinvigorate the site and attract new development, stores, and patrons;
  • Shepherding the Bolsa Row development through the development process to facilitate a high quality hotel, event space, new housing, and retail;
  • Development of affordable housing that provides safe and reasonably priced housing for families and individuals, who then in turn are able to participate in the local economy;
  • Creation of the City's first Parks Master Plan to attract and retain residents with these critical community assets;
  • Retention and attraction of retailers through direct outreach and indirect networking;
  • Social media and other transparency measures to inform and engage the community; and
  • New landscaping, signage, and utility undergrounding along major corridors to attract private investment and encourage businesses to locate in these areas.

Please contact Alexa Smittle at asmittle@westminster-ca.gov with questions or comments.