Micah Hinkle
Economic Development Manager



For well over a century, Hayward has been a “community of opportunity,” a city with open arms and an enviable list of resources to help newcomers build their dreams. Unlike many other Bay Area cities, Hayward remains accessible, affordable and primed for growth.


With approximately 151,247 residents, Hayward is the sixth largest city in the Bay Area and one of the most diverse, attracting people from all over the world to learn, build and grow here.


Hayward’s strategic location is unrivaled: 25 miles southeast of San Francisco, 14 miles south of Oakland, 26 miles north of San Jose and 10 miles west of the valley communities surrounding Pleasanton. Hayward is connected directly to Silicon Valley by the seven-mile Hayward/San Mateo Bridge and is within 25 minutes of three major international airports. The City is also served by Amtrak and its own thriving executive airport.

Quality of Life

Hayward offers business owners and entrepreneurs a host of desirable amenities in addition to its unparalleled location, including the region’s best weather, considerable open space and opportunities for outdoor recreation, an historic downtown, a thriving arts community and public safety agencies nationally recognized for excellence.

Major Initiatives

The City of Hayward is committed to fostering a positive business environment as set forth by our Economic Development Strategic Plan. Clarity, predictability and efficiency are core organizational objectives and the primary drivers of the City’s “Business Concierge Program,” which strives to provide businesses with an unmatched level of personalized service as they build and grow in Hayward.


The City of Hayward has leveraged its strategic location and natural assets to become a regional hub for commerce and trade.  Today, Hayward is home to over 7,000 businesses, ranging from family-owned retail shops and restaurants to globally-recognized manufacturers, distributors and retailers.  The City’s key industry clusters include:

  • Advanced and Specialized Manufacturing;
  • Clean and Green Technology;
  • Food & Beverage Manufacturing; and
  •  Life Science and Biotechnology.
Largest Employers

The table below highlights a selection of Hayward’s largest employers:

Company Sector Number of Employees
Gillig Automotive Manufacturing 700+
IMPAX Laboratories Biopharma 500+
Illumina Biotechnology 400+
Pepsi Bottling Food Manufacturing 400+
Plastikon Industries Advanced Manufacturing of Plastic Parts 300+
Inland Metals Technologies Advanced Manufacturing of Metal Parts 300+
Baxter Biopharma 300+
Ultra Clean Technologies Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Machinery 250+


Educational Institutions

Hayward is home to multiple institutions of higher education, including CSU East Bay and Chabot College, which collectively serve nearly 30,000 students from all over the world. These institutions work closely with our business community to design programs that produce graduates with skills that meet their labor needs.

City Resources

The City of Hayward’s Economic Development Department offers businesses a one-stop shop for the information they need to make location and investment decisions.  Key customer-service elements provided include site location assistance, project development assistance, and business and workforce development assistance. From providing traffic counts and spending pattern information to navigating the development process and facilitating a talent pipeline with local universities and trades schools, the City of Hayward is committed to your success.