Business Incentives

The City of Alameda takes pride in providing meaningful customer service. Economic Development staff will act as your advocate and point of contact for all City processing and permits. On your behalf, we will coordinate with other departments and guide you through the process. In addition, the following incentives are currently offered through the City of Alameda. Please contact Eric Fonstein, (510) 747-6895, at the City's Business Attraction and Retention Division for full details.


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 than surrounding areas, and our power is greener too!


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 Selection and 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.