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Santa Barbara’s tech industry is growing, and expanding firms are absorbing office space on State Street in Downtown Santa Barbara. There has been a growing tech presence in the market for a decade, and now expanding companies that have already planted roots in the market are filling into the downtown area. Software company Invoca and Well Health are the most recent tech companies to expand into the downtown market.

“Tech companies have becoming a significant presence in Downtown Santa Barbara over the last 10 years,” Greg Bartholomew, one of our partners and a specialist at Hayes Commercial Group, tells GlobeSt.com. “Prior to that, tech companies gravitated to the suburban office parks in Goleta. The two main factors driving this migration have been the allure of downtown for tech workers and the increased availability and affordability of downtown space during the recession. Led by Sonos and RightScale, tech companies began leasing office space downtown during the recession about ten years ago.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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