Contra Costa County
Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ)

Economic Development and Redevelopment Resources

Enterprise Zones
The cities of Pittsburg and Richmond each have an Enterprise Zone.  The State of California offers tax incentives to businesses within an Enterprise Zone.  Hiring credit is given for part of the wages paid to eligible new hires. Over a five-year period this could mean up to $20,000 per employee. Sales and use tax credit for the full amount of sales and use tax paid on specific machinery bought for use in the Enterprise Zone. Business expense deduction for depreciable, tangible property. Businesses in the Enterprise Zone can deduct up to $10,000 per item. Net interest deduction for lenders who make loans in the Zone. Lenders can deduct net interest income made on certain loans to businesses within the Enterprise Zone.

Redevelopment Project Areas
The County and some Cities have Redevelopment Agencies which oversee Redevelopment Project Areas.    Companies locating in these areas may receive assistance in obtaining permits and will likely benefit from improved infrastructure, site assembly assistance and other services that save valuable time and money. 

The County Redevelopment Agency is responsible for four Redevelopment Project Areas located in the unincorporated areas, which are Bay Point, North Richmond, Pleasant Hill BART and Rodeo.

Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs)
The primary purpose of the CDBG program is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities, principally for persons of very low- and low-income.  CDBG funds are directed to housing, economic development, infrastructure improvements, public facilities, and public service projects.

The County administers the CDBG program for the entire County, less the cities of Antioch, Concord, Pittsburg, Richmond, and Walnut Creek, which administer independent CDBG programs.  

Other Economic Development Assistance

Contra Costa Economic Partnership offers economic development assistance.

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Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development
30 Muir Road, Martinez, CA  94553
Phone:  (925) 674-7205 -- Fax: (925) 674-7250

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