BRENTWOOD, CA — The Economic Development Departments of East Contra Costa County cities of Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, and Pittsburg are collaborating on an economic development initiative to help residents “Cut the Commute.”
The team is asking residents to identify their commute destination and other information in a one-minute survey so they can then target businesses with a high concentration of employees in the region to consider expanding or relocating to East Contra Costa County.
“The continued collaboration between the four East Contra Costa County cities will lead to new employment opportunities closer to home, reduced commute times, and improved quality of life for over 300,000 residents,” said Tim Ogden, Brentwood City Manager.
The Economic Development Departments of East Contra Costa County know that many of its residents commute daily to offices in and around the greater Bay Area. Due to the pandemic, employers are now considering new ways to address the needs of their employees, including deciding where employees report to work on a daily basis.
The information collected during the survey period will provide valuable insight to the Cities, and the overall initiative is intended to decrease commute times for East Contra Costa County residents by attracting larger employers of existing residents to expand in the region.
“The City of Antioch is very excited to collaborate with our East Contra Costa County City partners,” said Cornelius Johnson, Antioch Interim City Manager. “The data obtained by the ‘Cut the Commute’ survey will eventually lead to marketing our region to specific industries, creating a better quality of life for residents and positioning our region as an employment center.”
Creating and maintaining employment east of the hills will lead to a stronger, collective economy for the communities. With reduced or eliminated commute times, residents can spend more quality time at home with family or supporting their local businesses, resulting in a healthier tax base and support for restaurants, retailers, personal services, and more.
Respondents are invited to take the one-minute-long online survey by March 18 at https://CutTheCommute.Net .