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Why Do Business in Costa Mesa

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Why Do Business in Costa Mesa Brochure [PDF]

Incorporated in 1953, the City of Costa Mesa is an exceptional place to live, work and visit. Our City is the perfect balance between residential, commercial, recreational, and industrial uses. We pride ourselves in our commitment to our residential and business community.

The City of Costa Mesa is 37 miles southeast of Los Angeles, 88 miles north of San Diego, 100 miles northwest of Big Bear and 475 miles south of San Francisco. Costa Mesa encompasses a total of 17 square miles with its southernmost border only one mile from the Pacific Ocean.

Costa Mesa is accessible from the San Diego Freeway, the Costa Mesa Freeway and the Corona del Mar Freeway. The City is also positioned in a central location making traveling an ease with John Wayne Airport, bordering the City on one side.

Costa Mesa residents enjoy an ideally mild Southern California climate. The City's location provides easy access to many of Southern California's major attractions, including beaches, mountains, deserts, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Orange County Fair and Event Center, the Honda Center, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Palm Springs and Los Angeles. All these things make Costa Mesa a wonderful place to live a life of leisure and sophistication in business and in work.

Business Friendly
The City of Costa Mesa boasts of being one of Orange County's leading cultural and business centers. It is our goal to make Costa Mesa the perfect place for your business to flourish and expand. We understand the importance of redevelopment and strengthening our communities by creating and retaining jobs through economic development.

The City continues to benefit from its unique positioning both geographically and within its retail sales base. The local economy is primarily based on retail commercial business, light manufacturing of electronics, pharmaceuticals, and plastics as well as action sports industries like surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding. It's easy to see why Costa Mesa is an ideal location for national and international companies to locate and operate due to its surrounding amenities.

Access to an accomplished and extensive workforce is easy to come by with institutions in Costa Mesa such as Orange Coast College, Vanguard University, Whittier Law School, National University and University of Phoenix. Additionally, Southern California is home to some of the most prestigious higher-education institutions in the United States.

Whether you are establishing a new business, relocating your headquarters, or growing your existing business the City government of Costa Mesa is ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome you to our community. We are a City focused on helping current and future businesses through an effortless process from beginning to end with the guidance from the Chamber of Commerce and other active business development entities.

Low costs
With seven different pricing categories a business license is capped at $200 regardless of your business's annual gross making it effortless to keep costs down.

The internationally renown South Coast Plaza is one of the largest and most sophisticated retail centers in the world. It offers a highly acclaimed, upscale and unique shopping experience to people from all over the world. The volume of sales generated from this shopping venue secures its place as the highest volume regional shopping center in the nation.

Metro Pointe at South Coast is a 52-acre, master-planned center offering class A office buildings, restaurants, shopping, movie theater entertainment and apartment homes. It is strategically located and visible off the San Diego Freeway and Corona del Mar Freeway at South Coast Drive.

The counter-culture atmosphere at The LAB and The Camp offer a one-of-a-kind shopping and entertainment experiences with an indoor-outdoor setting designed for all, but more particularly for younger clients. If you seek non-traditional shopping combined with simplicity The Camp[ and The Lab offer a balance between sophistication and environmental harmony.

The Triangle (formerly Triangle Square), located on a 4.6-acre site at the end of the Costa Mesa Freeway at 19th Street, is undergoing a major transformation to include new restaurants, a bowling center, a wine storage facility, exterior building and landscaping upgrades with the incorporation of new signage. These improvements and uses complement the movie theater and the upscale fitness facility, and collectively provide multiple entertainment opportunities for all.


Costa Mesa's internationally renowned Theater and Arts District offers world-class performances, concerts and other entertainment. It's home to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Henry and Renée Segerstrom Concert Hall, the South Coast Repertory, the Samueli Theater, Founders Hall, the 46,000-square foot Arts Plaza and Noguchi Sculpture Gardens.

The Segerstrom Center offers the world's leading ballet and dance companies, Broadway shows, award-winning classical, jazz and cabaret artists, family entertainment, innovative and cutting-edge theater companies, special events and year-round educational programs. It is also the artistic home to three resident companies: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale.

Situated in the 46,000 square-foot space between Segerstrom Hall and the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is the Richard Serra sculpture, "Connector." This 66-foot high sculpture is the focal centerpiece of the pedestrian Arts Plaza.

The Noguchi Sculpture Garden's  “The California Scenario” is Isamu Noguchi's abstract representation of California's landscape. Located on 1.6 acres behind the Comerica Bank Tower at 611 Anton within the Pacific Arts Plaza, it is a peaceful setting often used for contemplation and special occasions.

South Coast Repertory's three stages offers Tony-award-winning plays, works from new playwrights and a variety of programs for the community.

Offering entertainment in the heart of the community since 1949 is the historic Orange County Fair and Event Center, located on a 150-acre site.

Costa Mesa is the dining capitol of Orange County, offering a wide range of culinary experiences from the intimate and funky (Wahoo's Fish Tacos, Eat Chow, La Cave, Taco Mesa) to the gourmet (Golden Truffle, Charlie Palmer's, Anqi, Silver Trumpet). It was recently named best small town for dining by Rand McNally and USA Today.

Costa Mesa provides an array of recreational opportunities within its city borders and even more options just a short walk, jog, bike or car ride away. Costa Mesa has 29 parks, well-maintained sports fields a skate park, a dog park, an equestrian center, the Neighborhood Community Center,  the Downtown Recreation Center (with gym and pool), the Balearic Community Center, a wild open nature preserve along the Santa Ana River, three golf courses, community gardens, a miniature train, summer concerts, the Orange County Marathon, an annual Civil War reenactment, a model airplane field, and a popular Parks and Recreation program that offers something for residents of all age.

Costa Mesa's southwest border is one mile from Newport Harbor (the largest pleasure boat harbor in the world) and world-famous beaches. The City also borders the Back Bay, one of the largest saltwater estuaries in the world with more than 140 species of birds.

And, of course, Costa Mesa is in the heart of Southern California and all of its recreational opportunities.