Economic Development and Business Retention

SCAQMD aims to establish an effective working relationship with the business community and to provide a clear understanding of air quality requirements.  SCAQMD's goal to achieve healthful air quality while maintaining a vibrant economy prompted the establishment of  the Economic Development and Business Retention (EDBR) Office.   EDBR is ready to assist businesses that are planning to expand their operations, to relocate within SCAQMD's jurisdiction, and to set up operations for the first time.  

The SCAQMD is one of the first environmental regulatory agencies to develop and implement an EDBR Office.  The key to the development of the EDBR program was the establishment of close working relationships with other agencies and organizations involved in similar efforts at the city, county and state levels.  The close working relationship with SCAQMD partners helps resolve complex issues that cross agencies and other jurisdiction lines.  

Some of the partners in the EDBR program include the following Economic Development Organizations:

As part of the EDBR program, SCAQMD's Small Business Assistance Office also provides assistance to small business owners with filing of permit applications.  More information regarding this service is available on the Small Business Assistance Office webpage.

More Information

Primary Contact

  • Mohsen Nazemi, PE
    Deputy Executive Officer
    Engineering and Compliance
    (909) 396-2662
The EDBR office resides in the Engineering and Compliance Division with support from Legislative and Public Affairs and Planning, Rules and Area Sources divisions.