Oakland Economy Now - News from the City of Oakland Vol. 40 April 2018

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Cultural Arts collage of dancers murals and other arts

Draft Cultural Plan Released for Public Feedback

A draft of the City’s first comprehensive citywide arts and culture plan, “Belonging in Oakland: A Cultural Development Plan” has just been released. The Cultural Plan looks to advance Oakland as a dynamic hub for cultural practices that benefit residents, businesses and visitors. It includes insights from the local community as well as an analysis of the local arts economy, including a massively detailed Cultural Asset Map overlaying community organizations, nightlife, religious spaces, public art and more. Provide feedback on the draft plan at a community meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 7 at the Dimond Branch Library or email culturalplan@oaklandnet.com. To learn more, visit www.oaklandnet.com/culturalplan or contact Cultural Affairs Manager Roberto Bedoya.

Cultural Asset Map

Oakland's Cultural Asset Map has dynamic layers representing different types of cultural spaces.

Montclair Firehouse on Moraga Avenue

Montclair Firehouse

Unique Montclair Firehouse on the Market

One of Oakland's most unusual buildings, the gingerbread-style Montclair Firehouse at 6226 Moraga Avenue, is now available for purchase or lease. The City is accepting proposals for development for both it and the neighboring City-owned parcel, individually or together. Originally designed in the 1920s by the Oakland Public Works Department, the historic firehouse was closed following the 1989 earthquake. The second parcel is the adjoining unimproved, upsloping lot. For disclosure documents and open house dates, visit www.oaklandnet.com/realestate. RFP responses must be received by Friday, May 18. For more information, contact Real Estate Agent Jinnhua Su.

Leases Available at Brand New Foothill-Seminary Retail Center

This month, Walgreens is set to open a 14,250-square-foot store in the Seminary Point retail center that broke ground in February 2017. It’s A Grind Coffee House and Metro PCS have also signed leases at the center, which also includes a new public plaza and streetscape improvements. Prime retail spaces are still available in this transformative project. The retail center was created by Sunfield Development on a site assembled by the former Oakland Redevelopment Agency. For more information, contact Development Manager Larry Gallegos. 

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Downtown Specific Plan

Business Owners: The Downtown Plan Wants to Hear from You

Own a business downtown or want to move your business there? Join City planning staff in a conversation about the plan for downtown Oakland at a special business stakeholder meeting. This is an opportunity for small businesses to hear about community feedback to date, best practices, initial strategies and to discuss new ideas that address issues related to retail, dining and entertainment. The meeting will be held on Monday, April 2, from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. in City Hall Hearing Room 3. For more information and to register, click here.

2018 Oakland Small Business Week logo

Register for Small Business Week starting April 2

With 90% of Oakland businesses employing fewer than 20 people, we take Oakland Small Business Week very seriously. Presented by the City and Main Street Launch, more than 75 free workshops, seminars and events will help Oakland’s diverse business community thrive. Entrepreneurs and business owners may choose from sessions at Oakland City Hall or join neighborhood workshops in Chinatown, Dimond, Elmhurst, Fruitvale, Havenscourt, Rockridge and West Oakland. Session topics range from tools for startups and digital marketing to lease negotiating strategies and how to access capital. Celebrate at Sunday’s family-owned legacy business awards reception, Tuesday’s City Council recognition of local small business owners, Wednesday’s Oakland Multi-Cultural Chambers’ Members of the Year Awards Reception, and Oakland First Fridays in KONO with Kiva Oakland vendors. For more details, visit www.oaklandnet.com/sbw.

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Earn and Learn youth hiring program flyer

Host an Oakland Intern this Summer

The City of Oakland  and Oakand Unified School District (OUSD) are partnering to ensure thousands of Oakland youth have summer jobs. Summer is fast approaching and we are recruiting businesses to offer youth employment opportunities! Hiring youth is a great way to deepen local relationships and learn how to market your business to a new generation of consumers and workers. Businesses can choose to hire an intern, donate to the program or offer other learning opportunities such as tours or job shadowing. OUSD supports businesses and students throughout the internship with regular check-ins and leadership development for students. Limited sponsorships for youth wages are also available. To sign up, click here or email youthjobs@oaklandnet.com.


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Uptima Freelance Accelerator
Mar 30 @ Impact Hub

Enterprising Entrepreneurs
Apr 2 @ Our TV

Reporting from Resilient By Design
Apr 3 @ SPUR

Art Murmur
Apr 6 @ Multiple Locations

First Fridays
Apr 6 @ KONO

Women in Music Festival
Apr 6-8 @ Multiple Locations

Sip, Shop & Support @ Taylor Jay Collection
Apr 7 @ Sole Space

Economic Development Forum: An Update on Brooklyn Basin Development
April 11 @ Oakland Metropolitan Chamber

Cannabis 2.0 Workshop
Apr 11 @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Apr 20-21 @ Kapor Center 

The Growth of East Oakland
Apr 25 @ SPUR

Oakland Small Business Week
April 29-May 5


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Mar 26, San Francisco Chronicle

Legal Pot Is Notoriously White. Oakland Is Changing That
Mar 27 Politico.com

Meet the reader’s choice winner of our first Bay Area’s Coolest Offices contest 
Mar 23, San Francisco Business Times

Take a look inside Oakland's co-working space for the building industry 
Mar 23, San Francisco Business Times

Real Estate Deals of the Year: Uptown Station Sale
Mar 22, San Francisco Business Times

Real Estate Deals of the Year: Station House 
Mar 22, San Francisco Business Times

Real Estate Deals of the Year: 180 Grand Sale 
Mar 22, San Francisco Business Times

Real Estate Deals of the Year: 1330 Broadway Leases and Renovation 
Mar 22, San Francisco Business Times

Blue Shield lease powers highrise
Mar 22, San Francisco Business Times

Meat the man behind the faux-beef company that's raised more than $273 million in funding
Mar 22, San Francisco Business Times

Oakland apartments get underway at Jack London Square 
Mar 21, East Bay Times

Hip-hop gets the museum treatment in Oakland
Mar 21, San Francisco Chronicle

New apartments in Oakland's Jack London Square to break ground amid building frenzy 
Mar 20, San Francisco Business Times 

Oakland Community Hub Rallies to Save Itself From Gentrification
Mar 20, NextCity

Downtown Oakland's two largest new apartment buildings are nearly full
Mar 19, San Francisco Business Times

An Oakland that's no longer there: Lost landmarks and what's there now
Mar 19, San Francisco Chronicle

Local Chef Spotlight: Nite Yun Brings Heart, Soul & Cambodian Cuisine to Oakland
Mar 19, SFStation

Oakland entrepreneur helps businesses pick the right tunes for their brand
Mar 15, San Francisco Business Times

Oakland's largest landlord to break ground on 288 apartments 
Mar 14, San Francisco Business Times

BART seeks tower developer at Oakland's Lake Merritt station
Mar 14, San Francisco Business Times

Here's the Right Way to Create New, Diverse Businesses 
Mar 14, Inc. Magazine

What It Means To Lead An Inclusive City In 2018–And Into The Future
Mar 13, Fast Company

Downtown Oakland will get big apartment complex after property purchase
Mar 13, East Bay Times

Oakland wants in on Silicon Valley’s success — with crucial differences
Mar 8, San Francisco Chronicle 

Oakland lawmakers consider stopping cannabis companies from evicting renters
Mar 8, Curbed San Francisco

Downtown Oakland's Athen B. Gallery Reopens as Part 2 
Mar 7, East Bay Express

267 apartments proposed in Oakland's hot Uptown district near Lake Merritt
Mar 6, San Francisco Business Times

Signature Development eyes new office and retail project in Oakland's burgeoning Auto Row district
Mar 6, San Francisco Business Times

Big logistics project closer to docking at Port of Oakland
Mar 6, San Francisco Business Times

267 Oakland small businesses get $1 million in crowdfunded loans 
Mar 5, East Bay Times 

Transit-village housing in Oakland’s Fruitvale gets going, after years of delays
Mar 5, San Francisco Chronicle

Schaaf holds groundbreaking for Fruitvale affordable housing project
Mar 2, KTVU

Oakland candymaker invests in custom manufacturing line 
Mar 1, San Francisco Business Times

Long-delayed housing development site near Lake Merritt in Oakland hits the marke
Feb 28, San Francisco Business Times

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