The city of Pittsburg saw 40 new businesses open their doors last year. But why did all of these businesses choose to set up shop in Pittsburg?
From 2013 to 2018, Pittsburg saw more than 1,200 jobs welcomed to the area, mostly coming from a new establishment. And the city is attributing the success to two things, offering potential businesses support to help bring their space to life faster and investing.
“It’s all very intentional. We try to make it as easy as possible for businesses to get going and get started here,” says Jay Byers, Deputy City Manager of Pittsburg.
The city has seen a steady increase in establishments coming to the area for the past 5 years. In that span the city has seen more than $430 million dollars circulated into the economy, with $412 million just coming from local businesses. The city is saying it is experiencing a cluster as more companies head to the area, others are starting to get curious about Pittsburg as well.
“And that’s really what you’re seeing. It’s an environment where businesses are really complementary. And they’re really helping each other to grow,” says Byers.
And businesses helping businesses is something Roots Coffee Bar and Cafe has experienced first hand. Roots co-owner Taylor Whiteley says when Block22 approached the shop to be a part of their project, it was a business opportunity she couldn’t refuse.
“Closer to Fourth Street, in the center, in the heart of the town would be a really good idea and we knew that this building was going to be amazing. And we were just really excited to be a part of it,” syas Taylor Whiteley.