San Mateo, California - Best City to Live and Work

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  • The city of San Mateo, California (JOBS) lies on San Francisco Bay in the San Francisco-Oakland metropolitan area.

    The area was explored by the Spanish in the 1770s, and the community was originally named San Mateo Creek by the Spanish clergyman, Padre Pedro Font. Following the establishment of a railway link to nearby San Francisco, San Mateo became a popular summer and weekend retreat for the larger city's wealthy citizens. San Mateo was eventually incorporated in 1894.

    San Mateo lies at the crossroads of three major freeways that lead to San Francisco in the north, San Jose to the south, and the East Bay area to the east and, as a result, is one of California's largest suburbs.

    Downtown San Mateo is a pedestrian-friendly mixture of historical buildings, retail shops, and first-rate restaurants. The city is home to the Coyote Point Museum, a learning center with wildlife and gardens, and exhibitions and programs related to the global environment.

    San Mateo's 18-hole Poplar Creek Golf Course is one of the most popular in northern California. Its fairways run through forests and pass by rock-edged lakes, a waterfall, and streams. Fun of a "cooler" kind can be found at San Mateo's Ice Center, a public ice skating rink located in the San Mateo Bridgepointe Shopping Center.

    And of course, with the Bay Area surrounding San Mateo, everything – from the Pacific coast to the wineries, to the bustling metropolis of San Francisco, and all it has to offer – is only a short drive away.

    San Mateo, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area is a great location because it is in close proximity to a large number of life-science research companies. In San Mateo, you will find SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc.. Just a few miles away in South San Francisco lies even more. There, you will find companies such as Solazyme, Inc., Rinat, Solstice Neurosciences, Inc., Exelixis, Titan Pharmaceutical, Anesiva, Cell Genesys, Inc., Genemed, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Cerimon Pharmaceuticals, and Genentech, Inc.

    San Mateo is also close enough to commute to San Francisco where you will find a multitude of prominent companies, such as Osprey Pharmaceuticals USA, Corbett Robotics, Medivation Inc., Via Pharmaceuticals, Alios BioPharma, Sirna Therapeutics Inc., Diobex Inc., and McKesson Pharmaceutical. Pfizer is planning to make San Francisco home to its Biotherapeutics and Bioinnovation Center in early 2010.

    To pull this vast industry together, BayBio, a non-profit organization works to help people stay connected within the industry by hosting forums for networking, mentoring, workshops and other resources for startups seeking professional assistance.

    For more information, visit the BioSpace Biotech Bay ™ Hotbed community which highlights the biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device industries in San Francisco and Northern California and keeps its audience abreast with the latest information about industry news and events throughout the region.

    Check out job opportunities in San Francisco by visiting the BioSpace Career Center. Here you will find the life sciences most premier career events which showcase an array of local employers. At the Career Center homepage you can even check out video to see what the career fair experience is like and hear what job seekers and employers have to say:

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    Government City of San Mateo
    Tourism San Mateo County Convention and Visitors Bureau
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    Real Estate  
      San Mateo County Association of Realtors
      San Mateo County CVB (Accommodations)
    Local News  
      San Mateo County Times
      The Examiner (San Francisco)
      San Francisco Chronicle
    Local Transit  
      San Mateo County Transit (SamTrans)
      511 TakeTransit
    Public Schools  
      San Mateo-Foster City School District
    Colleges & Universities  
      Cañada College (Redwood City)
      College of San Mateo (San Mateo)
      Ohlone College
      San Francisco State University
      Stanford University (Stanford)
      University of California, San Francisco
      University of San Francisco
      Menlo College (Atherton)
      Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont)
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      San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce