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Economic Development

economic-recoveryAntioch is one of the most up and coming communities in the Bay Area. With a growing residential base and an aggressive economic development program, the city is on its way to becoming a city of the new economy.

The recently formed Economic Development Commission, in partnership with the City of Antioch and the Chamber of Commerce, is on a campaign to spread the word about the advantages of doing business in Antioch. Part of the economic development strategy includes explaining the “Antioch Advantage” to prospective businesses. Target industries for economic development efforts include administrative/back office operations high technology manufacturing and assembly, biotech companies as well as retail. Antioch also offers an experienced labor pool and competitively priced land and office space.

The Antioch community offers action, advocacy and accountability. Through this three pronged approach, the City is attracting new businesses and assisting with the expansion and retention of existing businesses.

The City markets available resources to targeted business groups, including high tech manufactures, professional service firms and back office operations. The City acts as an advocate when working with other local, regional, state or federal agencies.

The Chamber is a valuable asset, offering technical assistance to existing businesses in the City. This resource allows Antioch’s small and medium sized businesses to grow, leading to more jobs and increasing the standard of living. The Chamber offers networking and marketing events, which leads to more customers and referrals.

When you account for the real estate costs, Antioch is easily one of the best choices for the “bottom line” of a business. The three assets that facilitate a growing business climate include land, labor and lifestyle. Antioch is one of the few cities in the Greater Bay Area where land is still available, and competitively priced for development.

Retail and office space in Antioch typically leases for 20 to 30 percent less than comparable space in central Contra Costa County. Both the mature industrial areas and the southeast have opportunities for development, including retail/commercial, office and industrial development.

Most of the labor force commutes out of Antioch every day, and is anxious to find jobs locally. Antioch offers affordable housing, plenty of opportunities for fun and you labor force will appreciate the extra time spent with families since commute times can be greatly reduced.

The overall goal is to make Antioch an employment center, not just a bedroom community. This effort is citizen-driven, bringing together the hearts and minds of business owners and citizens of Antioch to ensure the city’s financial future.