The City of Oakland’s first Poet Laureate, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, will deliver her inaugural address on Thursday, October 7, at 6 p.m. The virtual event will include opening remarks by Mayor Libby Schaaf. This celebration of Dr. Nzinga’s new role will include performances by Bay Area artists and poets. The event will be presented live on Zoom and a video recording will be posted on the City’s website.
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.
City staff are here to assist business owners and entrepreneurs -- and we’re coming to library branches in neighborhoods throughout Oakland with the pilot Remote BAC from mid-September till December.
Read about the resilience of local businesses during the pandemic, equitable growth strategies to bring opportunity to all Oaklanders and the tremendous investment that continues to flow into our community in the Think Oakland First insert.
Boards & Commissions
The protections that prevented commercial evictions of small businesses and non-profit organizations for nonpayment of rent will end September 30, 2021.
Additional Affordable Housing Comes to East Oakland with Groundbreaking of Transformative Mixed-Use Project
95th & International Will Yield 55 New Below-Market Rate Apartments and Continued Promise Along International Boulevard Corridor