About Concord

Concord is Contra Costa County’s largest City with over 127,000 residents and still growing. With its convenient location, skilled work force, and highly competitive development costs, Concord is now home to some of the nation’s most prominent businesses, and is in fact becoming one of the Bay Area’s leading commercial business centers.

Concord has a large amount of light industrial development, a large share of retail business and the most affordable office space in the East Bay. It is served by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit System), Buchanan Field airport and a network of freeways, making it attractive to businesses and commuters alike.

A wide variety of recreational and cultural programs are available. Attractive homes, excellent educational opportunities, and easy access to all Bay Area Cities make Concord highly desirable to a diverse cross section of people and businesses. Guiding overall development, the City’s Redevelopment Agency and Planning Commission work within a General Plan designed to create new jobs, adequate housing and a strong economic base for Concord’s continued growth and prosperity. As a result of these activities, Concord has established itself as a city where residents can find a positive, relaxed suburban setting in which to live, work and do business.

Concord entered a period of rapid progress in 1953, with the passage of the City Manager Ordinance and the hiring of an efficient, full-time City Manager. This enabled the City Council to carry out its plans for municipal development more effectively.

The 1970’s, especially the last half of the decade, will be known as Concord’s maturing period. Retail shops, service centers, light industrial plants, office/commercial centers, hotels and cultural facilities have grown so rapidly that the City changed drastically in the decade of the seventies.

The Redevelopment Agency, established in 1977, operates under the authority of the California Redevelopment Act. The tax increment form of financing allowed by the act to build public facilities such as parking lots and road improvements required as much high level private investment as the City can attract. The incentive exists for the City of Concord to actively promote quality development for they are within the Agency’s jurisdiction.

Culturally, Concord has certainly come of age. The Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord is nationally recognized as the performing arts facility on the West Coast. By virtually any measurement, the 8,500 seat indoor/outdoor facility has been a success and will continue to be so. The 180 seat playhouse at the Willows, has a fine reputation for smaller audience presentations, as does the Parkside Playhouse operated by the City.

For the developments of the past few years, it is evident the City Government and the citizens of Concord have cooperated wholeheartedly in solving many of the pressing problems of this fast-growing City. Concord is advancing to a position of importance among California Cities. Above all, Concord in growing from a small town to a City has remained a wonderful place to live.