Community Profile and Incentives

Why Alameda?

Alameda is an excellent place to start your business, whether you are looking for talented employees or discerning consumers. The City offers a highly educated work force and a $960 million annual household demand. Not only does Alameda outrank surrounding cities in terms of income and education, we also offer significant advantages with one of the lowest business license tax rates in the area and competitive lease rates for office, R&D, and commercial spaces.


Useful Incentives

Business Assistance Program

The City provides financial assistance to new and existing businesses in or locating in Alameda that will create or retain jobs for low-to-moderate-income people.


Employment Training Panel Funds

This state program provides funds to help offset the costs of job skills training necessary to maintain high-performance workplaces.



The City of Alameda’s electricity costs are substantially lower for local commercial businesses compared to surrounding areas, and our power is greener too! Alameda Municipal Power, a not-for-profit electric utility, offers a variety of rebates and incentives for businesses.


Foreign Trade Zone

The City of Alameda is included in the Oakland Foreign Trade Zone. Businesses may reap substantial benefits.


Impact Fee Deferral & State Community Infrastructure Program (SCIP)

This program can help businesses conserve capital during the construction process; it assists with financing development impact fees and public infrastructure costs associated with private development.


Industrial Development Bonds

Manufacturing firms may qualify for tax-exempt and other long-term, low interest rate financing through various state agencies and agencies affiliated with the City of Alameda. We can assist with the application process.


LAMBRA Tax Incentives

Similar to the State’s Enterprise Zone program, the Local Agency Military Base Recovery Area (LAMBRA) provides numerous tax incentives for companies that locate at Alameda Point, the former Naval Air Base.



New construction projects within Alameda's three redevelopment areas may be eligible for additional incentives, negotiated on a case-by-case basis.


SBA Hub Zone

Alameda Point is a qualified Hub Zone, giving Federal contracting preferences to small businesses that obtain HUB Zone certification.


Site Selectionand Permitting Assistance

Our staff can help you find the right site in Alameda to start your business or expand. Once you've selected the site, we'll guide you through the permitting process.