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.
The Center for Technology and Social Impact at 2148 Broadway
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Employers interested in on-site hiring should contact email@example.com.
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/
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.