Oakland's Advantages

Oakland is at the center of the Bay Area, in the heart of an innovative economy, ripe with talent, enriched by a high quality of life and connected by efficient transit systems. Oakland’s diverse economy has gained national attention as a great place to do business, moving out of San Francisco’s shadow to become its own destination. Simply put, Oakland is a great place to live and work! Learn about Oakland's advantages for businesses.

Read about the resilience of local businesses during the pandemic, equitable growth strategies to bring opportunity to all Oaklanders and the tremendous investment that continues to flow into our community in the Think Oakland First insert.




Growing our local economy in an equitable and sustainable manner is a key vision in the City’s Economic Development Strategy. Companies that value diversity in a world-class urban environment will find Oakland a great fit. Join us as we prosper together and help grow Oakland's economy to achieve the equitable outcomes we all want.

Retaining businesses that already call Oakland home is important to us. Click here to learn about services available for existing Oakland business owners.

Oakland was named among the 15 hottest American cities for 2015 by Business Insider, as well as No. 3 among the best startup cities in America by Popular Mechanics. Click here to see other recent accolades bestowed on Oakland.

Our city has seen an unprecedented level of investment that is transforming our skyline. For a glimpse, watch this video on the Telegraph Tower project.