Economic Development Forum
The Chamber's Economic Development Committee hears and discusses issues related to Oakland’s economy monthly at the Economic Development Forum. Typically the Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month in the Chamber Board Room at 3pm. The Forum is open to all Chamber members and interested guests. At least one day prior to the Economic Development Forum, please send a request for a guest pass via email.
The Forum typically hears informational presentations or hosts panel discussions on hot topics such as the redesign of the Lake Merritt BART station area, local zoning and other regulatory changes such as the Reauthorization of Measure B. City planning, building, and economic development officials are frequently invited to meet with the group making it is a unique opportunity to better understand city and county economic development efforts and to engage productively with civic leaders on a range of economic issues.
In 2013, the Economic Development Forum looked at building, planning, and development projects in Oakland and beyond. View the 2013 program line up HERE.
January 8 The State of Oakland Retail and what to Expect for 2014 | with Solomon Ets-Hokin, National Retail Chair, Colliers International
February 12 Port of Oakland Strategic Outlook and Capital Program Status | with Jean Banker, Acting Maritime Director, Port of Oakland
March 12 Supporting Solar Entrepreneurs to Succeed | with Emily Kirsch Founder of SfunCube
April 16 Special Half Day Program | The annual Chamber Economic Development event entitled: "Illuminating Ideas: ENERGY & Sustainability Summit" CLICK HERE for more details.
May 14 Measure B is Back! Funding the Transportation Expenditure Plan in Alameda County | with Alameda County Transportation Commission and a panel of local agencies, Matt Davis (Port of Oakland), Rachel Flynn (City of Oakland), Beverly Greene (AC Transit), and Rod Lee (BART).
June 11 Pursuing Environmental Sustainability in Large Organizations: Case Study of the University of California System | with Matt St.Clair, Sustainability Manager for the University of California's Office of the President (UCOP)
July 9 UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Modernization Project | with Doug Nelson, Director of Facilities Development and Construction, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Todd Tierney, Regional Operations Director, HDR Architecture
No August Forum Scheduled (Vacation)
September 10 The Future of the T5/6 Lot in Oakland’s City Center | with Michael Cohen and Scott Stafford, Management Team, Strada Investment Group
October 8 The Bay Area Regional Prosperity Plan (Panel Discussion)| with Vikrant Sood, Project Manager, MTC, Egon Terplan, Regional Director, SPUR, Michele Rodriguez, Development Services Manager, City of San Pablo. Moderated by: Margot Prado, City of Oakland.
November 12 New Uses Planned for the Former Sears Building| Lane Partners Development Company