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Oakland Economy Now eNewsletter

This monthly newsletter highlights business news, development, investment and City initiatives.

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February 2020

  • State of the City: Mayor Shares Successes, Outlines Next Steps
  • Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission Re-Established
  • Renew Your Business Tax Online
  • Workshops To Educate Property Owners About Opportunity Zones
  • New EWDD Director Named, Senior Staff Announced

December 2019/January 2020

  • Manufacturing, BioTech Co-Working Spaces Foster Innovation
  • Sustainable Fashion Retailer Moves HQ to Oakland
  • Shop Local All Season Long
  • Oakland Restaurant Week Turns 10

November 2019

  • Rockefeller Grant-Funded Chief Opportunity Zones Officer Joins City
  • Minimum Wage Rate Will Rise to $14.14 in 2020 – Noticing Deadline Approaches
  • Cultural Grants Unleash $1.2 Million for the Arts in Oakland
  • MacArthur Boulevard Gateway Arches Dedicated
  • OMCA marks 50th, Announces New ‘Front Porch’ to Lake Merritt


Please Note: We are working to resolve the connectivity issue with earlier issues of the Oakland Economy Now Newsletter. We hope to have the issue resolved shortly.

September/October 2019

  • Rockefeller Foundation Supports Equitable Investment in Oakland’s Opportunity Zones
  • Sharing Oakland’s Story
  • Draft Downtown Oakland Specific Plan Released
  • Community Insights Needed for Oakland’s Equitable Climate Action Plan
  • Oakland’s Evolving Building Electrification Policy

August 2019

  • Renovation of the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center Moving Forward
  • New Cultural Affairs Commission Accepting Applications
  • Cultural Strategists Pilot Program embeds Artists in City Departments
  • Restore Oakland Celebrates Grand Opening, Vision for Inclusive Development
  • There’s more than one way to go Co-op in Oakland
  • Summer Sidewalk Sale

July 2019

  • Kaiser Renews Commitment to Oakland
  • New Public Art Installations Unveiled
  • Visit Oakland Launches Oakland Style
  • Art + Soul Brings GRAMMY® Winning Headline Acts to Downtown
  • July Workshop helps Oakland Businesses to Connect with Local Talent
  • City Council Adopts “Oakland Together” Budget

June 2019

  • Unique Co-Working Space Opens on Ogawa Plaza
  • West Oakland Gets New Full-Service Grocery, Neighborhood Festival
  • $80,000 in New City Grants for the Arts Released
  • Planning Code Updates Ease City’s Beer & Wine Permit Process
  • $2 Million Grant to Support African American Entrepreneurs
  • Oakland Recognized Nationally as a Bicycle-Friendly Community

May 2019

  • Small Business Week Comes to You!
  • Innovative Project Brings 110 Units to East Oakland
  • Oakland Art Month Packed with Events, Performances
  • Free Walking Tours Showcase Downtown's History, Ongoing Renaissance
  • Monthly Indigenous Market in Fruitvale Elevates Native-Owned Businesses
  • New Real Estate Managing Director Joins City
  • Recognizing and Increasing Bay Area Leaders in Supplier Diversity

April 2019

  • Arts Grant Applications Now Available
  • Hire Oakland Youth
  • Oakland Innovators Win Big
  • BRT Series: DGO Appliances
  • Register for Small Business Week starting April 8
  • Year 1 Progress Report Captures Strategy’s Successes

March 2019

  • Bandcamp opens Oakland HQ with Innovative Record Store to Feed Uptown Music Scene
  • New Resource for Female Entrepreneurs of Color to Open in East Oakland
  • Want to Grow Your Business? Apply for a State Tax Credit
  • New Digital Inbox Eases Submittal of Planning & Building Documents
  • Self-Employed? Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, Get Free Tax Preparation
  • Share Your Comments on OWDB Draft Local Plan Modifications

February 2019

  • Reader Survey
  • Economic Forecast Suggests Bright 2019, Tourism Industry Continues Growth
  • Give Feedback on Preliminary Draft of Downtown Oakland Specific Plan
  • Discover Oakland Makers
  • Rising Sun Starts New Year in New Location
  • Nonprofits: Free One-on-One Assistance and Upcoming Workshop on Purchasing Real Estate
  • Take a Survey on City's Language Assistance Services

January 2019

  • Square Leases All Office Space in Uptown Station
  • New Minimum Wage, Laws Took Effect January 1
  • Renew Your Business Tax Online
  • Want to Grow Your Business? Apply for a State Tax Credit
  • Weigh in on Oakland's Bike Plan Update
  • City Seeks Vendors for OWDB Youth Summer Jobs Program

December 2018

  • A’s Unveil Designs for New Baseball Stadium at Howard Terminal
  • Festive Cheer Abounds Throughout Oakland
  • New Opportunities for Oakland Artists!
  • Oakland’s Arts and Culture Scene Gains Further Recognition
  • Minimum Wage Increases January 1 - Resources for Business Owners
  • How to Make Your Business Accessible and ADA Compliant

November 2018

  • Pop-Up Comes to Black Arts Movement Business District
  • Shop Local on Plaid Friday and All Season Long
  • Have You Caught The Buzz On Coffee?
  • Lake Merritt Transformation
  • Students Glimpse Future Careers During Tours Of Local Manufacturers
  • Ten Oakland Companies Make Inner City 100 List

October 2018

  • VERGE 18 Anchors Oakland Clean Economy Week
  • City Awards Over $1 Million in Funding to Artists and Arts Organizations
  • National Arts Conference Heads to Oakland
  • New Deputy Director for Economic & Workforce Development Starts October 22
  • Acura Opens on Coliseum Auto Row
  • Renowned Boutique McMullen a New Uptown Retail Gem
  • First Friday Pop-Up Village in West Oakland
  • Register Now for Oakland Grown Holiday Promotions

September 2018

  • Opportunity Zone Designation Creates New Investment Pathway for Oakland
  • Large Employers Target Urban Farms for Food Production
  • Regional Campaign puts a Spotlight on Manufacturing
  • Paint the Town! Street Mural in West Oakland
  • Changes Ahead in Oakland’s Retail Industry


August 2018

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  • Celebrate Black Business Month in August
  • Neighborhood Businesses Organize Block Parties for National Night Out on August 7
  • Want to Grow Your Business? Apply for a State Tax Credit
  • City of Oakland Releases First Equity Indicators Report
  • Stephen Curry & Oakland Mayor Schaaf Talk Town Bizness

July 2018

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  • Oakland’s Housing Boom and Increasing Resources for Affordability
  • City Council Considers Proposals for How to Develop City-Owned Land
  • July’s Art + Soul is a Homecoming for The Pointer Sisters
  • Cultural
    Development Plan: Belonging In Oakland
  • Oakland on the Big Screen
  • East Oakland Neighborhoods Initiative Begins
  • City Budget Prioritizes New Investments in Housing and Health

June 2018

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  • Summer Arts Lineup
  • Many Ways to Live and Breathe Sports for the Oakland Fan
  • Pop-Ups to Shops: Learning from Old Oakland
  • TechHire Oakland connects Regional Companies to Local Talent
  • Hack the Hood Seeking 40 Small Businesses to Sign Up for a Free Starter Website
  • 1500 Diverse Entrepreneurs Connect at Small Business Week
  • Offer and Hire Summer Jobs through Earn & Learn
May 2018

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  • City’s Largest Small Business Week Includes more than 75 Workshops in 8 Neighborhoods
  • Oakland Celebrates Its Longtime Family-Owned Businesses
  • Business Resource Spotlight: Diverse Communities Capital
  • Call 311 to Talk to the City
  • Summer Hiring: Click Here!
  • AnewAmerica Honored in New Orleans

April 2018

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  • Draft Cultural Plan Released for Public Feedback
  • Unique Montclair Firehouse on the Market
  • Leases Available at Brand New Foothill-Seminary Retail Center
  • Business Owners: The Downtown Plan Wants to Hear from You
  • Register for Small Business Week starting April 2
  • Host an Oakland Intern this Summer

March 2018

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  • KIVA Oakland Breaks Records
  • New Restaurant/Market Chow Oakland a Case Study for Opening a Business in Oakland
  • Oakland's Nominees Go Head to Head at the East Bay Innovation Awards
  • BRT Update: Fruitvale Phase II Breaks Ground
  • Civic Design Lab Launches in City Hall
  • #WakandaForever - Blockbuster Movie The Black Panther Shines a Big Light on Oakland

February 2018

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  • 1100 Broadway Breaks Ground!
  • Downtown Specific Plan: Help Design Downtown’s Neighborhoods
  • Oakland is Getting Safer
  • New Bonus Incentive for Landlords to Create Affordable Housing
  • Get Certified as a Local Business
  • Time to Start Planning for Summer Employment
  • Did You Catch Oakland at the Sundance Film Festival?

January 2018

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  • Oakland’s Biotechnology Cluster Grows
  • Cannabis Permit Update
  • Oakland Restaurant Week is January 11-21
  • Tool Kit Helps Restaurateurs Address Racial Disparities
  • Get Help Hiring Local and Regional Talent
  • Self-Employed? You can now claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and get Free Tax Preparation
  • New Employment Laws took effect Jan. 1

December 2017

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  • CAST Awards $350,000 to 14 Oakland Arts Organizations to Secure Affordable Space
  • Oakland Shines During the Holidays
  • New National Retailers open in Fruitvale
  • Gridlock to Gliding: How Oakland Employers Can Improve the Daily Commute
  • Passenger Volume up 6% at Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • ‘Tis the Season to Share...your Work Space?
  • Shared Prosperity, Employment Gains key to Oakland’s Economic Development Strategy

November 2017

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  • Shop Oakland on Plaid Friday Weekend Nov. 24-26
  • West Elm Hotel in Uptown to Partner with Local Businesses to Showcase Oakland
  • Oak Knoll Recommended at Planning Commission, would include 918 homes, Retail, $20 Million for Affordable Housing
  • Manufacturing Events: Nov. 2 Manufacturing Day, Nov. 9 Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Initiative Summit
  • BRT series: Design that Pops on International Boulevard
  • Eight Oakland Companies Make Inner City 100 List
  • Oakland Startup Network Profile: Third Space Media
  • Nonprofits! Take our Real Estate Survey

October 2017

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  • Proposed Economic Development Strategy Available for Feedback
  • Oakland Loves Entrepreneurs: New Apps to Help Small Businesses Get Permits, Launch, Grow
  • New High-Tech Co-Working Facility for Hardware Startups Opens at Airport Business Park
  • New Public Plaza Opens at Foothill/Seminary
  • New Equitable Transit-Oriented Development at Coliseum Station
  • ProActive Business Solutions, Stride Center Partner to Give Oakland Adults an Entry Into Tech Careers
  • Meet Over 1,000 Job Seekers at the BAYEP Career Pathway Summit
    Ten Oakland Companies Named “Best for the World”
  • Chamber Business Survey Shows Oakland’s Optimism

September 2017

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  • Oakland Launches Citywide Cultural Plan
  • Spotlight on Small Business Resources: Oakland Grown
  • Join the Plaid Friday Weekend Promotion
  • Downtown and Lake Merritt Uptown Community Benefit Districts Seeking Feedback
  • Unique Restaurant Openings in New Neighborhoods
  • Oakland Nonprofit Goes Solar By Crowdfunding

August 2017

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  • Goapele, Angie Stone, Los Rakas, and Local Artists Headline Art + Soul August 19-20
  • Local Vs. Online Retailing: What’s Happening in Oakland?
  • Sustainable Clothing, Locally Manufactured
  • Celebrate Black Business Month in August
  • Oakland’s Real Estate Development Opportunities are Online at OppSites
  • Measuring the Impact of Telegraph Avenue’s New Street Design

June 2017

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  • Get Support for Hiring a Summer Intern Through Earn & Learn East Bay
  • Oakland Releases Medical Cannabis Permit Applications with Equity Criteria
  • Congratulations 2017 Indie Awards Winners!
  • Announcing The International Boulevard Corridor Series
  • Engineering, Tech Dominate Largest Office Leases of 2016
  • Tenants, Oakland Community Land Trust to Purchase Mixed-Use Space on 23rd Avenue
  • Six Arts and Cultural Organizations Receive Assistance to Stay in Oakland

May 2017

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30th Issue Special
To celebrate our 30th issue of Oakland Economy Now, we’ve collected the most popular articles from the last three years - and added a 2017 update to let you know the latest since the original article appeared. Launched in 2014, our newsletter now reaches over 6,100 subscribers.

  • Downtown's Office Market Fills Up – November 2015
  • New Housing Is On the Way – June 2016
  • City Launches Downtown Specific Plan – Aug/Sept 2015
  • Beast Mode in Old Oakland - April 2016
  • Sunset Magazine’s Oaktown Lowdown – April 2016
  • Speak Up on Oakland’s Economic Development Strategy – March 2015

April 2017

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  • Will this Oakland Company Change the Way the World Eats?
  • Local Startup Wins Big at SXSW; Bay Area Recognizes Oakland Business Leaders
  • Sucession Planning: Is a Co-op in Your Future?
  • Mobile Food Vending Expands with New Permit Process
  • Startup in Residence Program Seeks FinTech stars to Boost Financial Empowerment

March 2017

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  • Oakland Startup Puts Women and Entrepreneurs of Color at the Center of Oakland's Tech Ecosystem
  • Oakland Announces Cultural Funding Program Awards
  • Mosaic: A Local Solar Success Story
  • ICA Fund Good Jobs Advances First Accelerator Cohort
  • Major Office Leases put New Construction on the Horizon
  • #OaklandSpotlight on Tourism

February 2017

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  • Keeping Space – Oakland: New Anti-Displacement Program for Arts Organizations
  • NewCo Festival Returns to Oakland, Bay Area to Highlight Businesses with a Positive Mission
  • Made in Oakland Design Expo: Speed Dating for Oakland's Makers and Real Estate Developers
  • Obama Legacy Program "My Brother’s Keeper" Continues in Oakland
  • Port of Oakland Sees Record Flights, Container Cargo
  • Oakland Tests Participatory Budgeting for CDBG Funds

December 2016

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  • From Artisans to Zoolights: Oakland Holiday Events and Gifts
  • ProLogis Opening New Class A Industrial Space at Oakland Global Trade & Logistics Center
  • anufacturing on the Rise
  • Walk this Way: The Broadway/Webster Underpass Project
  • Seminary Point: A New Retail Anchor for East Oakland
  • Making Business Better: Online Services & More
  • Minimum Wage Increases January 1 - Resources and Workshops for Businesses

November 2016

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  • We Won An Award! Actually, Two Awards
  • East Oakland’s Creative Wood and KSI Win Export and Innovation Awards; Three Additional Oakland Companies Recognized
  • Oakland's Fashion + Beauty Stars
  • Code Next Opens in Fruitvale
  • Stephen Baiter Appointed new Executive Director of Workforce Development Board
  • Oakland Releases Innovative Resiliency Playbook
  • State Awards Oakland $50 Million for Affordable Housing

September/October 2016

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  • Welcome Roberto Bedoya, Oakland’s New Cultural Affairs Manager
  • Instagram Star @weloveoakland Showcases Oakland
  • Beauty, Local Businesses
  • Made in Oakland Fall Food and Fashion Event
  • Forage Kitchen Boosts Food Entrepreneurs
  • Training Opportunities for Bay Area Construction Jobs
  • Startup Weekend: Hacking Bias

August 2016

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  • Art + Soul: Two Sensational Days of Music, Art, Food and Fun in Downtown
  • Oakland Digital Offering Design and Marketing Help to Small Businesses
  • BMOC Career Summit Yields 350 New Hires
  • GoldieBlox, Oakland Maker of Engineering Toys for Girls, Creates Kids' Coding App
  • Lake Merritt Affordable Housing Wins Design Award
  • Latham Square Grand Opening a Big Success
  • Interim Director Named for New Department of Transportation

July 2016

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  • Downtown’s New Non-profit Anchors
  • Latham Square Becomes Public Plaza
  • My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to host Career Summit for Boys and Men of Color
  • Proposed Transit-Oriented Development Taking Shape at West Oakland BART
  • GreenBiz “30 Under 30” Features Oakland Environmental Leaders

June 2016

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  • New Housing Is On the Way
  • Impossible Foods Opens R&D Facility in East Oakland
  • Congratulations Oakland Indie Award Winners!
  • Visit Over 500 Artists at June's Pro Arts Open Studios
  • Real Estate 101 for Arts Organizations in June
  • Vator Splash Spring Features Oakland Tech Influencers and Startups
  • LocoL Opens Uptown with $5 Burgers, Breakfasts

May 2016

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  • Small Business Week May 1 – May 7 Packed with Free Workshops, Resources and Events
  • Oakland is for Readers: Independent Bookstores Thriving
  • People’s Community Market Purchases West Oakland Location
  • Rainin Foundation Launches New Grant Program for Local Artists
  • AECOM Bringing 600 Workers to Kaiser Center

April 2016

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  • Sunset Magazine’s Oaktown Lowdown
  • Mayvenn Marries Tech, African-American Hair Styling
  • Beast Mode in Old Oakland
  • Taproot Foundation Moves to Oakland
  • Oakland at the Movies: the Oakland Film Office
  • Small Business Week coming May 1 - 7

March 2016

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  • Digital Media Cluster Growing at Oakstop
  • Destination Fruitvale
  • All-Produce Core Kitchen Opens in City Center
  • Developers Continue to Bet Big on Oakland’s Residential Market
  • Kiva City Launch – Apply Today for a Microloan!
  • Out Now: Good Local Money Guide

January/February 2016

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  • Independent Retail Stalwarts Move to Oakland
  • Non-Profits: Get Real Estate Ready!
  • Development Impact Fee Study Released
  • City of Oakland Launching Startup in Residence Program
  • West Oakland Jobs Resource Center Receives $850K Kellogg Foundation Grant
  • Oakland Restaurant Week January 14-24

December 2015

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  • Celebrate Plaid Friday on November 27th
  • Put a Ring On It! Bagels and Doughnuts Abound in Oakland
  • OBDC Boosts Support for African-American Entrepreneurs, Veterans and East Oakland Businesses
  • Hidden Genius Project, Kiva Oakland Win Google Impact Awards
  • Better Ventures Commits $1M to Oakland Startups
  • Minimum Wage Rising to $12.55 in January
  • Suggest a BikeShare Station Location

November 2015

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  • The City that Eats Together: Community Markets and Co-Working Kitchens Continue to Pop Up
  • St. Joseph’s Campus Wins Award of Excellence
  • Cultural Arts Grants Unleash Nearly $1M for Oakland Arts
  • Eleven Oakland Firms Ranked in East Bay’s Fastest-Growing 50 Private Companies
  • Downtown's Office Market Fills Up

October 2015

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  • Meet 70+ of Oakland’s Most Inspiring Companies during NewCo Oakland
  • Uber Invests in Downtown Oakland
  • More Companies Moving to Oakland; Local Businesses Expanding
  • Nordstrom's Rack Opening in West Oakland
  • Hands-on Design Workshop and Open House for Plan Downtown
  • Quarterly Economic Dashboard Available
  • New Movie "Eastside Sushi," set in Oakland, tells a Small Business Story
  • In Memoriam: Peter Van Kleef

August/September 2015

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  • White House Recognizes Oakland for Inclusive Tech and Entrepreneurship
  • Tech Grows in Downtown
  • City Launches Downtown Specific Plan
  • Outdoor Dining in Every Neighborhood
  • City Enters into Exclusive Negotiating Agreement for Restoration of the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center
  • Conferences Galore this Fall in Oakland
  • Free Walking Tours through October

July 2015

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  • Oakland Celebrates Warriors’ Championship Victory
  • Congratulations 2015 Oakland Indie Award Winners!
  • New Companies Find Lots to Love in Oakland
  • NY Developer L+M Partners with Unity Council on Fruitvale Phase II
  • City Slicker Farms Purchases Land for West Oakland Farm and Park
  • Getting to Zero Waste with New Recycling Services
  • Art + Soul Lineup Celebrates Oakland’s Music Heritage, Dancers, and BBQ

June 2015

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  • Sunset Magazine announced move to Oakland
  • First Anniversary of the Broadway Valdez Plan
  • Tech Talent Growing Throughout Oakland
  • Oakland Workforce Investment Board offers Free Services, Training Funds for Local Businesses
  • Scaling Up Worker Cooperatives
  • The New Oakland Family Businesses
  • Public Art Inside and Out at 19th Street BART

May 2015

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  • Small Business Week
  • West Oakland Business Gets a Facelift
  • Coliseum Area Specific Plan and EIR Adopted
  • New Online Tool for Permit Information, Code Enforcement and Plan Check
  • Classrooms2Careers Initiative Underway

April 2015

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  • Mark Sawicki Takes the Lead as Oakland’s Economic & Workforce Development Director
  • B Corps are Booming
  • Solar Hackathon Winner Sunible Acquired
  • Vator Splash Returns to Oakland
  • Free Broadway Shuttle Hours Extended; Streetcar Study Underway

March 2015

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  • Speak Up on Oakland’s Economic Development Strategy
  • SPUR Oakland Launches
  • Oakland Businesses Nab Five Innovation Awards
  • New Minimum Wage effective March 2nd
  • OUSD, Highland Hospital share in $22 Million Healthcare Training Awards
  • The Dimond District: An Urban Gateway to the Redwoods
February 2015
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  • Civic Innovation in Oakland Surges
  • A Sweet Factory Expansion in West Oakland
  • New Retail Merchants Fill Ogawa Plaza
  • Cole’s Hardware Comes to Oakland; Safeway Expands
  • City Supports Growing Demand for Urban Agriculture
  • New Downtown Housing Moving Forward
December 2014/
January 2015

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  • Co-Working Booms in Oakland, Reinvents Work Culture
  • City Unleashes $1M in Cultural Arts Grants
  • Oakland Adopts Third Specific Plan this Year: Lake Merritt
  • 2014's Office Market Ends with Largest Deal: New Investment in 2015
November 2014
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  • Shop Local for the Holidays
  • Parcel 4 RFP
  • MacArthur BART TOD
  • Oakland Companies Win Awards
  • Goldiblox in Macy’s Parade
  • WOJRC Welcomes New Director
  • New Public Art in West Oakland
October 2014
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  • Kaiser Convention Center RFP
  • ArtPlace America Awards Grants
  • Made in Oakland
  • KivaZip
  • APA’s “Great Places in America”
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff

September 2014

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  • Gensler
  • VSCO
  • New Logistics Center
  • Youth and Training Incentives
  • Beer Gardens

August 2014

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  • Makers
  • Solar
  • Sears Building Sold
  • BRT Investment
  • Plan Adoptions

July 2014

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  • Vator Startup Competition
  • Kiva Zip
  • Downtown Retail
  • Foothill Square
  • The Hive
  • Brooklyn Basin
  • CVS Hiring Agreement