Editorial: Celebrate, Tri-Valley is fastest-growing job market in Bay Area


Labor Day is a celebration of the men and women who contribute to the strength and prosperity of the country through work.

Here in the Tri-Valley, we have a lot to celebrate this weekend. We live in the fastest-growing job market in the Bay Area.

The recently released "Tri-Valley Rising 2018" report cites a 12% increase in the number of jobs in the Valley since 2014, to surpass 194,000 in mid-2017. According to the report, prepared by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute in partnership with Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group, employment growth in the Tri-Valley between 2006 and 2016 was faster than any other Bay Area job centers, including Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

There's no indication of the job market slowing here either.

Because of the proximity to Silicon Valley and its growing reputation as an innovation and technology center, as well as a superior quality of life and comparative lower cost of housing, people continue to move here, giving the Tri-Valley an educated, high-quality and desirable workforce.

Pleasanton's Pacific Pearl Asian-focused shopping center and San Ramon's retail, dining and entertainment destination, City Center, opening in November, will generate a plethora of new jobs.

Kaiser Medical Center in Dublin, with the first phase currently underway, is set to open in 2019, further solidifying the Tri-Valley's leadership in the healthcare sector.

Workday's new corporate headquarters in Pleasanton is on track to open in early 2019. More than 1,450 employees work at the current Pleasanton location; the new six-story building can accommodate around 2,000.

Workday is one of many high-tech businesses that call the Tri-Valley home, with Oracle, SAP and GE Digital also among the group. Toss in two national laboratories and a couple high-tech incubators and accelerators, like i-GATE in Livermore and Bishop Ranch Intelligence Innovation Accelerator (BRIIA) in San Ramon, and we have a solid foundation for job growth and prosperity.

Workers of the Tri-Valley, enjoy your Labor Day.

Editor's note: The full report can be viewed online here.

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