Office of Economic Development
Office of Economic Development

Why Locate in Berkeley?

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Companies also choose Berkeley because they can ...

Physics Professor at UC Berkleley

... Collaborate with Innovators

Berkeley is home to the world-renowned UC Berkeley and Berkeley Laboratory. These institutions populate our community with forward thinking students, researchers and enterprises.  Over 85% of adult residents have some college education and 2/3 have a college degree or higher.   

 BART Sign 

... Attract Talent from around the Bay

BART has three stations in Berkeley.  The town is accessible to four major highways enabling employees to commute from an expansive range of the Bay Area.  Berkeley also has a wide variety of restaurantarts & culture, and recreational opportunities making it a terrific place to work and live.

Bicycle in Berkeley

... Leverage a Green Community 

If your business sells green products or follows green business practices, then you’ll have lots of company in Berkeley.  The number of certified green businesses in Berkeley multiplied from fewer than 10 in 2000 to 170 in 2011. The town is a magnet for green enterprises, a leader in green government, and is home to a high concentration of sustainability-minded workers and shoppers. Berkeley’s green businesses contribute to the vibrancy of the community and leverage the City’s Climate Action Plan related programs to save money on energy, water and solid waste fees.

 Berkeley Lab Researchers 

... Start Up Conveniently Close to Research Centers 

When companies spin off from UC Berkeley or the Berkeley Lab, typically their founders live closeby.  At least ten business incubators and research and development centers are based here focusing on sectors from high technology to gaming. Independent start-ups appreciate locating in Berkeley where newly minted executives launch their ventures with minimal commutes and maximum access to academic colleagues.

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