Economic Development

Welcome to the City of Oakley!

Some communities limit growth and development.  Some communities are passing additional business taxes.  Oakley, on the other hand, welcomes new development and business opportunities! 

Oakley is a community of over 40,000 people located one hour east of San Francisco along the picturesque California Delta.  Oakley offers big-time opportunities with a small-town charm.  Our advantages include:

  • Over 800 acres of affordable commercially-zoned land available for future development.  Big or small, Oakley has the land for your project.
  • Pro-development community and City Council, eager to embrace local goods and services.
  • Streamlined permit approval process and reduced development impact fees – Oakley reduced commercial impact fees by 40%.
  • During California’s housing crisis, Oakley continues to offer new homes that are affordable by Bay Area standards – over 5,000 approved residential lots still to be built.
  • A median household income of over $90,000 provides residents the ability to support local retail and service businesses.
  • A ready workforce looking for local employment opportunities.

For all of these reasons, come see how Oakley is Open for Business!

Mayor Aaron Meadows

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you provide help with starting a business?

Yes, Economic Development partners with a number of entities that provide resources to both existing businesses and those looking to start a business.  A list of the Business Resources can be found here.  In particular, the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center is an excellent local resource, while the CA Business Portal provides a great deal of information about starting a business in California.  To discuss  your specific needs, please connect with Economic Development Staff.

Do you know of available space in the City for rent?

Yes, the Economic Development department works with brokers and property owners to compile a list of current spaces to rent as well as upcoming availability.  Click here to find a listing.  To discuss  your specific needs, please connect with Economic Development Staff.

Are there sites available for new development?

Yes, the City of Oakley has over 800 acres of land zoned for commercial, retail, light industrial and tech flex.   Whether a 20-acre site or a 2-acre site, Oakley has room for commercial and residential development.  Click here to see an inventory of potential development sites, along with property owner and broker contact information.  To help find the site that best meets your needs, please connect with Economic Development Staff.

Do you provide business training or workshops?

Yes, for the last three years Oakley Economic Development has sponsors an 11-week program for existing Oakley businesses or Oakley residents serious about starting up a new business.  The Entrepreneur Development Training class is designed to walk students through the creation of a business plan, in order to help them gain the tools needed to successfully establish or grow a business.  To learn more about the program, click here.

What are the latest developments in town?

Oakley continues to experience new investment in the form of new commercial development, new business investment and new residential development.  To learn more about new commercial investment, click here.  Click here to see a map of the new residential projects in Oakley.

How can I stay connected with Economic Development activities?

Click here if you would like to receive updates on Economic Development activities and programs, as well as new development activity in Oakley.  You can opt out at any time and will only receive emails regarding Economic Development.

  • Economic Development Department

  • 925-625-7000