Antioch is one of California's oldest cities, with a burgeoning population of professionals and skilled workers. It is a crossroads linking the San Francisco/East Bay region to Sacramento and the Central Valley … a gateway to the plentiful recreational features and cultural facilities of Northern California and the Bay Area … without the high price tag of most Bay Area real estate.
To create a vibrant community for Antioch citizens and entrepreneurs, the Economic Development Department (EDD) is firmly devoted to the City’s goal of attracting, retaining, and promoting expansion of local business opportunities.
To aid the City of Antioch in maintaining a robust business environment, the EDD provides staff support to the Economic Development Commission (EDC), and also partners with the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, the Contra Costa Council, and various other regional business organizations to position Antioch as a premier city in which to conduct business, both for the consumers and the business owners who serve them.
To achieve this goal, the EDD employs a multi-pronged approach focused primarily on the areas of retail attraction, downtown revitalization, business retention, and job development.
Antioch Development Agency (Redevelopment Agency)
On December 29, 2011 the California Supreme Court issued a decision in the California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos case. The case addressed the legality of the State budget bills to dissolve redevelopment agencies and redirect redevelopment assets and funds to State obligations, unless the cities and counties opted to make voluntary payments to the State. The Court found the Dissolution Act (AB1x 26) constitutional and the Alternative Redevelopment Program Act (AB1x 27) unconstitutional, which means that the legislation abolishing redevelopment agencies is in effect and there is no voluntary payment option to keep redevelopment agencies operating.
As of February 1, 2012, every redevelopment agency in California is dissolved.
Dissolution of the Antioch Development Agency and Oversight Board
AB1x 26 requires former redevelopment agencies with redevelopment-funded contractual obligations to adopt an Enforceable Obligation Payments Schedule (EOPS). Please click here to view the EOPS for the former Antioch Development Agency.
The California Department of Finance has compiled a comprehensive website that includes links to the full text of the Dissolution Act and lawsuit documents. This site can be accessed at http://www.dof.ca.gov/assembly_bills_26-27/view.php.