Oakland Economy Now Volume 22 - July 2016

Oakland Economy Now Masthead July 2016

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Downtown’s New Non-profit Anchors

Three major non-profit organizations aimed at creating equity in economic development are developing space in Downtown Oakland. On July 12, the Kapor Center for Technology and Social Impact will open at 2148 Broadway, providing a new home for the Kapor Center for Social Impact, Kapor Capital and the Level Playing Field Institute. California Rural Legal Assistance, celebrating its 50th year of providing free legal aid to low income workers, joined the non-profit migration from San Francisco to Oakland when it purchased 1430 Franklin Street. This fall, the Greenlining Institute will open its new 23,000-square-foot headquarters at 360 14th Street, a former bank building they purchased. Each organization also provides space for other non-profits; CRLA’s tenants include the NAACP and Homeless Action Center. For more information, please contact Economic Development Specialist Marisa Raya

New Kapor Center for Technology and Social Impact building image

The Center for Technology and Social Impact at 2148 Broadway

Latham Square Becomes Public Plaza

Latham Square, a gateway to Uptown at the intersection of Broadway and Telegraph Avenue, will re-open this month as Oakland’s newest public space. The City is putting the final touches on this innovative placemaking project to repurpose road space for pedestrians. The project has transformed one northbound lane and three large medians into a public pedestrian plaza featuring a rain garden and restored century-old fountain. Newly planted trees are hung with lights, and the brick, granite and basalt pavers include segments of the poem “Latham Memorial Fountain Unveiled,” by local artist and California College of the Arts faculty Kari Marboe

Rendering of complete Latham Square

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to host Career Summit for Boys and Men of Color

On July 21, the Invest in Youth: Pathways to Success Boys and Men of Color Career Summit will bring over 600 attendees to the Oakland Convention Center – and over a third of them will likely leave with new jobs. The Summit, hosted by the My Brothers Keeper Alliance in collaboration with the City of Oakland and other project partners and funders, will provide boys and men of color between the ages of 18 to 29 with opportunities to interview with local employers, connect to community resources and participate in career preparation and leadership training. The event is part of a broader, two-year Bay Area Boys and Men of Color Employment Project aimed at eradicating the inequities faced by young men of color. For more information or to participate as an attendee, please contact summit@mbkalliance.org. Employers interested in on-site hiring should contact aida@leadersup.org.

Boys and Men of Color Career summit

Proposed Transit-Oriented Development Taking Shape at West Oakland BART

West Oakland BART Development rendering

Conceptual drawing of the development proposed at the West Oakland BART Station parking lot. 

The West Oakland BART station is a three-minute ride to Downtown Oakland, seven minutes from the San Francisco Financial district, and 26 minutes to Walnut Creek in the east—a major location for transit-oriented development. BART recently extended its agreement with China Harbour Engineering Company, Ltd. (CHEC) to develop the 5.5-acre West Oakland station parking area with mixed uses. After a series of community conversations, the team, which includes Oakland developer SUDA and other local partners, has proposed offices, makerspace, and residential buildings. The design and community input process will continue through 2017. For more information, follow #WOStation and visit http://westoaklandstation.weebly.com/ 

GreenBiz “30 Under 30” Features Oakland Environmental Leaders

Congratulations to three local environmental leaders who have been named to the prestigious GreenBiz “30 under 30 nationwide list of sustainability professionals. Recognized individuals include Lisa Curtis, Founder and CEO, of Kuli Kuli Foods, Andrew Krioukov, CEO and Co-founder of Comfy (formerly Building Robotics), and Joel Espino, Environmental Equity Legal Counsel at the Greenlining Institute. Sustainability portal and event convener GreenBiz is itself a longstanding Oakland company, chronicling and catalyzing leadership in aligning environmental responsibility with profitable business practices since 1991. For more information on Green Business in Oakland, please contact Economic Development Specialist Steve Lautze.


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Form Your Own Non-Profit
July 8 @ Impact Hub

Uptima Freelancer Accelerator Deadline
July 8 @ Impact Hub

Salesforce Open Hours
July 21 @ Impact Hub

The Oakland Scramble
July 30 @ 1544 Broadway


What Will Increase Development in Bay Area? Ask This New Tool
June 6, Next City

Mayor Libby Schaaf Inaugurates New Coworking Space In Heart of Oakland
June 6, Bisnow

Nineteen Business Owners and Experts Discuss How to Sustain a Healthy East Bay Economy for All
June 7, East Bay Express

Shipping container development with retail and office space lands in Oakland
June 16, San Francisco Business Times

Cannabis industry goes mainstream at summit
June 22, Daily Democrat

Oakland Now
Jun 29, Curbed.com
Special Oakland feature including:
Building a Better Tech Boom
Oasis in East Oakland
Brooklyn Rises on the Oakland Waterfront
An Oakland Musician Makes Her Home Sing

Oakland Program Boosts Academic Performance for Students of Color, Looks to Expand
July 1, Colorlines

Oakland Gets New DOT for a New Kind of Transportation Planning
July 1, Next City

The Techies Project: Justin Bethune

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