Livermore is located in Alameda County, directly to the East of Dublin and Pleasanton, and has a population of close to 80,000 with a Mediterranean climate with warm to hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters.
Livermore is one of California’s oldest wine regions and houses over 50 wineries offering an exceptional array of events, concerts, and tastings throughout the year. Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes in the Livermore Valley in the 1760s.
Robert Livermore planted the first commercial vines in the 1840s. C. H. Wente, James Concannon, and Charles Wetmore recognized the area’s winegrowing potential and founded their wineries in the early 1880s. The Wine Group has administrative offices just outside of Livermore, at the Concannon Vineyard.
Road going bicyclists can be found just about every weekend in the hills of Livermore. The Amgen Tour is America’s premier cycling event. With Livermore’s rolling hills and beautiful vineyards, this is the closest thing that you can get to the Tour de France experience on this side of the Atlantic and was selected as the Stage 3 Finish for 2012.
Livermore holds one world record, a 110+ year old 4-watt light bulb, called the Centennial Light, housed in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department main station still burns today. The Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and General Electric have concluded that the bulb has been burning continuously since 1901 with the exception of power failures and three times it was disconnected for moves to new stations.
Livermore is the home of two Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories. The laboratories are known worldwide, and attract significant attention both for their scientific research and for their major roles in developing the United States nuclear arsenal.
The largest employer in Livermore is the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a federally funded research and development center funded by the Department of Energy. LLNL is the location of the world’s most powerful laser, the National Ignition Facility (NIF), a project designed to create the first sustained, controlled nuclear fusion reaction, which would generate fusion power, a potential energy source.