Business and Economic Development

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Richmond Works for Business

Richmond has a ready workforce, acres of space to locate and expand, great transportation connections, a growing economy.

Richmond’s Economic Development Division can assist in connecting business to resources, relocate existing operations, connect to workforce development, and facilitate business-to-business transactions. We are here to help you - please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and inquiries. 

Business & Economic Development Assistance

For more information and other business services contact:

Thomas Omolo
Management Analyst
City Manager’s Office, Economic Development
Richmond Open for Business

News and Events

Contra Costa County at Moderate Risk

California reassigned Contra Costa to the less-restrictive orange tier of its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, allowing for larger local gatherings for indoor worship services and dining, and the reopening of indoor pools, bars and bowling alleys.

Health officials caution that it is now more important than ever to follow the state health guidance for physical distancing and use of face coverings, to keep everyone safe and healthy during the holiday season and to avoid a return to the red tier. Following the heath guidance for physical distancing and face coverings, practicing good hand hygiene and staying home when you feel sick are also key to continuing Contra Costa’s progress against the pandemic.

For more information and to view the press release, visit Contra Costa County Health Services.

Temporary Outdoor Dining and Curbside Retail

There are different options available for businesses to temporarily expand their business outdoors and comply with State and County COVID-19 safety protocols. 

The City of Richmond has created a PowerPoint to describe and outline the different options, application process. 
  1. Private Property
  2. Public right-of-ways
  3. Parklet

Private Property

The Temporary Use Permit allows businesses to use private areas, such as parking lots, for outdoor dining and seating, outdoor merchandise displays, and outdoor community assembly. The Temporary Use Permit fees have been waived, and the permit is valid until December 31, 2020.

To apply, submit the following to
1. Complete the Temporary Use Permit Application. On the application check “Temporary Use Permit”
2. Submit a Site Plan (indicating the areas and locations of outdoor dining, sales, and/or assembly) 

Please note that all operations must adhere to all Federal and State regulations and guidelines from the Contra Costa County Health Officer as related to COVID-19

For questions call, (510) 620-6706 or email

San Francisco Business Times: Richmond Supplement

The San Francisco Business Times has published a supplemental issue featuring Richmond. This issue highlights the assets and amenities that make Richmond one of the best options for business in Bay Area, and profiles a variety of companies that call Richmond home. Please follow the link to read and share this wonderful profile of Richmond:

2020 San Francisco Business Times Richmond Supplement

FINAL 2020 Richmond SFBT Supplemental 10-9-20 Cover