Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative
The Northern Waterfront Economic Development InitiativeTM is a regional cluster-based economic development strategy with a goal of creating 18,000 new jobs by 2035. The Initiative leverages existing competitive advantages and assets by focusing on five targeted clusters (advanced transportation, advanced manufacturing, biomedical/biotech, ag tech & food processing, and clean tech). The initiative has an opportunity to change health, education, and economic outcomes in Contra Costa County for all residents of the Northern Waterfront communities, as described in the framework for community development. The hallmark of this initiative is the collaboration among the County and seven partner cities to enhance the economic vitality of the region.
Link to video of East Contra Costa County Economic Development Summit
“I see the revitalization of the County’s Northern Waterfront as vital to anyone concerned with economic development" Supervisor Federal Glover
The Northern Waterfront is an economic asset to the San Francisco Bay region, including deep-water shipping access and marine terminals, two class-1 rail lines, and two county-owned airports.
“As far as a workforce goes, as far as households go,… we are in the mega-region, and that commute is half the commute that all the people from the Central Valley are taking to get to the Bay Area.” – Supervisor Diane Burgis
News and Events
Contra Costa County Economic Development Forum
November 15, 2023
The Contra Costa County Economic Development Forum was held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 in Pleasant Hill. After a greeting from Pleasant Hill Mayor Tim Flaherty, the meeting featured presentations on current initiatives in economic development in Contra Costa County, including from Laura Rowe-Cole, California Association for Local Economic Development; Stephen Baiter, East Bay Economic Development Alliance; Vikrant Sood, Metropolitan Transportation Commission; Alyson Greenlee, Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development; Lindy Johnson, Contra Costa Transportation Authority; Tamia Brown, Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County; and Mark Orcutt, East Bay Leadership Council. This event provided one-stop coordination and collaboration among the economic development staff from the 19 cities plus the legislative staff of the Board of Supervisors on all the different initiatives taking place in Contra Costa County on economic development, in addition to state legislative staff. YouTube Video
Watch the Entire Program or watch one of the presentations below
- California Association for Local Economic Development
- East Bay Economic Development Alliance
- Metropopolitan Transportation Commission
- Department of Conservation & Development
- Contra Costa Transportation Authority
- Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County
- East Bay Leadership Council
Grants for East Bay Industrial Areas - including the Northern Waterfront Economic Developing Initiative
June 28, 2023
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission awarded pilot grants to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) and Contra Costa County to advance their Priority Production Areas (PPA), which are regional growth areas that have been prioritized for economic development investments and a key part of MTC Plan Bay Area’s broader effort to achieve a better jobs-housing balance across the Bay Area.
Read the Press Release
Northern Waterfront Economic Development Tour
November 2, 2022
This event brought together economic development staff from the state, federal, and regional agencies on a daylong tour with stops and participation from the county supervisors and elected officials from each city, to make sure the area’s unique characteristics are understood, and to reboot the Northern Waterfront Initiative after the pandemic.
Slideshow of Northern Waterfront Economic Development Tour
Bringing the Jobs to the People Forum
May 10th, 2019
The forum brought together elected officials, including county supervisors and mayors of seven cities, regional thought leaders, and business and nonprofit representatives to recognize an important milestone in the Northern Waterfront Initiative that will “bring jobs to the people” and grow the economic vitality of our County and region.
- Featuring California State Treasurer Fiona Ma as the keynote speaker.
- Mayor's Panel - Economic Development Opportunities (PDF)
- Contra Costa County Northern Waterfront Achievements PowerPoint
Contra Costa County Economic Development Summit
October 20, 2017
Revitalizing Contra Costa County's Northern Waterfront Symposium
January 10, 2014
Partners and Resources
Project Partners and Key Stakeholders
City of Antioch
City of Brentwood
City of Concord
City of Hercules
City of Martinez
City of Oakley
City of Pittsburg
Contra Costa Economic Partnership
Contra Costa Small Business Development Center
East Bay Leadership Council
Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County
Regional Economic Analyses
Prepared by the Bay Area Economic Institute
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Market Indicator Resources
Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative Documents
Publications and Background Resources
Conceptual Framework for Community and Capital Development Strategy (Emerald HPC International, LLC as presentation to the Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative Ad Hoc Community in May 2018)
Technical Memos - Background Information to the Craft Report
Board of Supervisors Ad-Hoc Committee on the Northern Waterfront Economic Development Activity
**We have gotten calls from people who have found the same acronym as the Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative on their bank statements. Contra Costa County is a government agency not accessing any bank accounts so it is not related to this economic development program. **