Economic & Workforce Development
The Economic & Workforce Development Department works to bring about a vibrant, innovative, globally competitive economy in Oakland. Our mission is to increase investment in Oakland in a way that contributes to the growth of the City’s economy, fosters fiscal sustainability, expands job opportunities for all Oakland residents, and enhances the City’s sense of place and quality of life.Subscribe to Oakland Economy Now Newsletter
City Continues Expansion of Flex Streets Initiative to allow use of City-Owned Property to help businesses meet Physical Distancing Requirements
As part of the City of Oakland’s Flex Streets Initiative, the Economic & Workforce Development Department’s Real Estate staff is making available vacant, outdoor City-owned properties to retail businesses and restaurants which are unable to expand their operations on the public right-of-way or private property.
On Thursday, June 25, the California Strategic Growth Council voted to fund Oakland’s “Better Neighborhoods, Same Neighbors” proposal through a multi-year grant of $28.2 million.
City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division, Akonadi Foundation and East Bay Community Foundation Launch Belonging in Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund
The new multi-year program will fund Oakland’s cultural practitioners of color to radically imagine a racially just city
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