The City of Alameda, California is known as the Island City, and is often referred to as the “Jewel by the Bay.” This unique community of approximately 76,638 residents in the San Francisco Bay Area is connected to the East Bay mainland by four bridges and two subterranean tubes and by ferry service to San Francisco. The Oakland International Airport and FedEx Bay Area hub is seven miles away from downtown Alameda and less than 15 minutes by car from Alameda’s major business parks.
The community is proud of its history and small-town charm, with an abundance of tree-lined streets, working marinas, good public schools in safe and walkable neighborhoods, well-maintained historic districts and many innovative and acclaimed companies. Businesses such as Makani-Google, Abbott Diabetes Care and VF Outdoor (North Face) are located here. Alameda is also home of the College of Alameda and is in close proximity to the University of California, Berkeley and California State University, East Bay.
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Our business fundamentals are strong:
• Alameda offers competitive land and lease prices for prime Bay Are real estate.
• Cost of doing business is one of the lowest in the region: substantially lower business license fees, our electricity rates (thanks to Alameda Municipal Power) are approximately 20 percent lower than the surrounding areas.
• The City owns and operates Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), an electric utility serving the needs of all Alameda residents and businesses. AMP provides a high mix of carbon neutral and renewable energy, making Alameda one of the lowest greenhouse gas emitting communities in California.
• The City has an “At-Your Service” program to move projects quickly through the permitting approval process. The City is 100% committed to bringing quality economic development, job creation, and commercial activity to the area.
Current and Future Development
The City is currently developing Alameda Point, an 878-acre part of the decommissioned naval air station. Aside from this opportunity, there are a limited number of sites for new commercial development.