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The Center of What’s Possible

Located at the heart of Silicon Valley about 5 miles west of San Jose and 45 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Santa Clara truly is “The Center of What’s Possible.” Incorporated in 1852, Santa Clara covers an area of 19.3 square miles with a population of 120,000. Santa Clara is home to an extraordinary array of high-tech companies, including Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nvidia, Oracle, and Ericsson. The City of Santa Clara is also home to Santa Clara University, California’s Great America Theme Park, and Levi’s® Stadium.

Santa Clara has a reputation as a world class center of technology and innovation and it is easy to see why more than 12,000 businesses have come to Santa Clara to find their mission.  Some key highlights include:

  • Abundant inventory of commercial properties for every size and budget
  • Low business taxes
  • Low utility rates through the City-owned electric company, Silicon Valley Power
  • Easy freeway and public transportation access
  • Skilled Workforce
  • Industry Diversity

More than $3 billion in new development projects are on the horizon in the next few years, with the likelihood of more to come. Santa Clara welcomes business and encourages you to explore the many benefits of starting and expanding your business in this community.

Community Profile


The Economic Development team in the City Manager's Office is dedicated to creating a vibrant and thriving economy in Santa Clara for both businesses and residents. We are committed to supporting business growth and development by assisting new, growing, and legacy businesses in Santa Clara.
Please contact or call 408-615-2210 if you have any questions about City services for existing businesses, expanding your business, or locating your business in Santa Clara.

Workforce Development
The City partners with NOVA for Workforce Development services. NOVA is a leader in delivering employment and training services that:

  • facilitate skill development and career mobility
  • align with and are of value to the business community
  • enhance people's ability to live and work in Silicon Valley.

Please visit Talent and Workforce Development for more information.
For information on additional resources, please follow the links below:

Business License and Permitting
State Tax Incentives and Programs
Silicon Valley Power
Current City Solicitations
Commercial Property Search

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