Oakland Economy Now - News from the City of Oakland - Vol. 36 DECEMBER 2017

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Alena Museum Dinner party in West Oakland

Participants at the Groundnut Diaspora Dinner at Alena Museum in West Oakland. Photo courtesy of CAST.

CAST Awards $350,000 to 14 Oakland Arts Organizations to Secure Affordable Space

The Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) has awarded 14 arts groups grant funding totaling $350,000 to secure long-term, affordable and safe spaces in Oakland. The financial assistance is awarded through Keeping Space – Oakland, CAST’s pilot program to assist arts nonprofits that are vulnerable to space instability and displacement. Oakland's arts community has consistently listed safe, affordable space as the number one impediment to the growth and vitality of the arts. The 14 grant recipients include traditional arts nonprofits, hybrid collective-cooperative models, community-based organizations, and a DIY warehouse model, and are located across Oakland, from East Oakland, to North Oakland, to Lakeshore. Based on the needs of each organization, the funds will go towards acquisitions, planning expenses, tenant improvements or rent and moving expenses. The award recipients are:

30th & West Live/Work Community Arts Center 
Alena Museum
Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc
Black Culture Zone Collaborative
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice
Eastside Arts Alliance
Oakland Ballet Company 
Oakland Public Conservatory of Music 
Peacock Rebellion
PLACE for Sustainable Living
Rock Paper Scissors Collective 
Studio Grand
United Roots
Women’s Audio Mission

CAST has also secured an additional $3 million from the Oakland-based Kenneth Rainin Foundation to help develop permanently affordable space for Oakland arts and culture organizations. For more information, please contact Policy Director of Arts Spaces Kelley Kahn.

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Oakland Shines During the Holidays

From caroling on Lake Merritt to Zoolights, every Oakland neighborhood is showing its creative side with holiday markets and celebrations. We've compiled over 15 local artisan fairs where you can do your shopping and a dozen not-to-be-missed local holiday events. If Oakland Grown’s amazing Holiday Gift Guide overwhelms you with options, let their Oakland-savvy shopping concierge help you find the perfect gift! For a complete list of artisan fairs and events, check out www.oaklandnet.com/celebrations. To encourage shoppers to explore Oakland's commercial neighborhoods, the City is offering free parking on Saturdays through New Year’s at select City-owned parking lots and garages as well as street meters throughout Oakland. Standard rules and time limits apply. More info at www.oaklandnet.com/parking

New National Retailers open in Fruitvale

On Saturday, November 18 the WWS Shoe Store celebrated its grand opening in Fruitvale at 1620 High Street. WSS, a national shoe retailer with 76 stores throughout the country, has built a successful retail model by avoiding the mall and focusing on urban neighborhoods. On Wednesday, December 6, national retailer Cardenas Market will hold their grand re-opening next door at 1630 High Street. The 37,000 square foot grocery store will employ 120 workers. For more information on retail and development opportunities, contact Economic Development Coordinator Aliza Gallo.

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Gridlock to Gliding: How Oakland Employers Can Improve the Daily Commute

On Wednesday, December 6, the Oakland Department of Transportation Parking & Mobility team and 511 Carpool Program will run a free half-day business seminar on how Oakland employers can improve the daily commute. Panelists will share information about upcoming parking changes as well as carpooling, alternative transportation, and commuter benefits programs. Enjoy free food and network with other Oakland employers while you are there! To attend this free event from 8:30am-Noon at Oakland City Hall, please register at https://gridlocktogliding.eventbrite.com

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Passenger Volume up 6% at Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Throughout 2017, Oakland International Airport (OAK) has been experiencing its highest passenger volumes since 2007, reflecting new flights and destinations by Norwegian, Volaris, LEVEL, Southwest Airlines, and British Airways. “Expanded domestic routes and substantial international growth continue to affirm OAK’s rising presence as a key gateway for air travel to and from the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Port of Oakland Director of Aviation, Bryant L. Francis. In 2017, Oakland has seen new international service to Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, London, Copenhagen, and Barcelona. Norwegian has also announced that it will begin service from OAK to Rome and Paris in early 2018. Domestically, daily service to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Orlando (MCO), Minneapolis (MSP), Indianapolis (IND), and San Antonio (SAN), and Newark/New York City (EWR) will also be added in 2018.

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‘Tis the Season to Share...your Work Space?

As Oakland real estate costs rise, likeminded companies are seeking to share space in order to both save funds and build community relationships. City staff recently helped BioLink Depot, which donates free biotech supplies and equipment to science educators, to move to the St. Vincent de Paul complex in East Oakland, where they are co-located with Habitat for Humanity ReStore and The Reuse People, suppliers of new and used building materials. Meanwhile, with Downtown office rents hovering near $4.50 a square foot, the nonprofit Dellums Institute for Social Justice found a home with rising star B Corporation Future State. Interested in connecting with a local nonprofit seeking space? Please contact Specialist Marisa Raya.

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Shared Prosperity, Employment Gains key to Oakland’s Economic Development Strategy

For the first time in decades, Oakland's official unemployment rate, 4.2%, is lower than the national unemployment rate. How is the City responding to a changing local economy? Read our Economic Development Strategy 2018-2020, to see how the City plans to support businesses and neighborhoods over the next three years. The Strategy's goal is to make Oakland an easy, efficient, resilient and prosperous place to do business, and to reduce racial disparities and help all Oaklanders achieve economic security. It was adopted by the Oakland City Council on November 28th. For more information, contact Specialist Marisa Raya.


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Cardenas Market
Dimond Slice Pizza
The Kon-Tiki
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Oakland Art Murmur
Dec 1 @ Multiple locations

First Friday Founders Oakland Startup Network Demo Night
Dec 1 @ Kapor Center

9th Annual Bay Area Capital Connections Conference: A Vibrant Economy for All
Dec 2 @ Impact Hub Oakland

10th Oakland Cottage Industry Show
Dec 2 @ 4101 Park Blvd.

Natural Holiday Shopping Affair
Dec 2 @ Youth Uprising, 8711 MacArthur Blvd.

Asian American Craftswomen 2017 Holiday Fair
Dec 3 @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center

What You Should Know Before Raising Money For Your Business
Dec 5 @ Port Workspaces

From Gridlock to Gliding: Employer Workshop on Commuting Options in Oakland
Dec 6 @ Oakland City Hal

Economic Development Forum - Bus Rapid Transit Update
Dec 6 @ Oakland Metropolitan Chamber

Mothers of Innovation
Dec 6 @ Kapor Center for Social Impact

Holiday Independent Business Networking Mixer at Federation Brewing
Dec 6 @ 420 3rd Street

Business Referral Network
Dec 6 @ Oakland Metropolitan Chamber

Oakland Digital 8th Annual Inspiration Awards
Dec 7 @-Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Jack of All Trades Market
Dec 9 @ Jack London Square

BIG Oakland Opening Party
Dec 14 @ 359 15th St

Applications Due: AC SBDC Advanced Food Entrepreneur Series
Dec 15

Business Referral Network
Dec 20 @ Oakland Metropolitan Chamber


Life Science Company Expands Into Downtown Oakland 
Nov 27, BisNow

Huge landlord Brookfield invests in new 333-unit Oakland apartment project
Nov 27, San Francisco Business Times

Shop in Oakland during 'Plaid Friday Weekend'
Nov 24, KTVU

‘Food Paradise’ found on Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue
Nov 22, East Bay Times

Oakland has 225 permit applications for cannabis delivery, cultivation, as city readies for Jan. 1 deadline 
Nov 21, San Francisco Business Times

A day in the life: A perfect outing in Oakland
Nov 21, Daily Californian

All eyes on Oakland! Move over San Francisco - this fun, easy-going city across the Bay is fast becoming a rival
Nov 18, Daily Mail

A's Announce Design Firms for New Oakland Stadium
Nov 17, CBS SF

Twelve new interactive exhibits planned at Chabot Space and Science Center
Nov 17, Oakland North

Downtown Oakland garage makes way for city’s largest residential tower
Nov 17, East Bay Times

Bay Area organizations work to protect nonprofits from displacement
Nov 15, East Bay Times

A Hotel for The Town
Nov 15, Oakland Magazine

Three modular projects planned in West Oakland, including one for homeless

Nov 13, San Francisco Business Times

Oakland A’s stadium plan would mean new ways to get to the old ballgame
Nov 12, San Francisco Chronicle

An Arab Bakery in Oakland Full of California Love
Nov 11, New York Times

Here's where 398 new homes are planned in East Oakland
Nov 10, San Francisco Business Times

Tentative OK for $52M expansion at Port of Oakland
Nov 10, KTVU

Oakland housing proposed along Temescal's main retail corridor
Nov 9, San Francisco Business Times

Bay Area manufacturing poised for bright future, experts say
Nov 9, East Bay Times

$3 Million Oakland Grant Helps Artists
Nov 8, California Patch

After long wait, massive Oak Knoll housing project approved
Nov 8, East Bay Times

Developer sells out West Oakland townhomes, plans three more projects
Nov 7, San Francisco Business Times

New Report Seeks to Improve Racial Equity in Restaurants
Nov 6, East Bay Express

TMG Partners refurbishes another historic office building in Oakland
Nov 3, San Francisco Business Times

3 Brand-New Oakland Cafés To Check Out Now
Nov 3, Hoodline.com

Port of Oakland to establish drayage traffic management plan
Nov 3, American Shipper

Bus-only lanes drive fears of displacement in East Oakland 
Nov 1, KALW

Uber to Sell Oakland Building to CIM Group for $220MM
Oct 30, The Registry

Developer Proposes 440-Foot Mixed-Use Tower In Oakland 
Oct 30, BisNow

Commercial real estate investors bypass San Francisco, flock to San Jose, Seattle and Oakland
Oct 26, San Francisco Business Times

26 tax-defaulted Oakland sites will be turned into affordable housing
Oct 27, East Bay Times

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