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.
Check our events calendar for upcoming Forums.
Past Economic Development Forums
Port of Oakland
Presentation by: Luana Espana, Port of Oakland Community Affairs; Beth Frisher, Manager of Business Development & International Marketing; Pamela Kershaw, Director of Commercial Real Estate; Amy Tharpe, Director of Social Responsibility; Earl Hamlin, President of the Port Board of Directors, and Anthony Thompson, a member of the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee.
Developing the 187-acre Oak Knoll Master-Planned Community in the Oakland Hills
Presentation by: Sam Veltri, Project Manager, SunCal 'What's your solar strategy?'
'What's your solar strategy?'
Presentation by: Dave Dunlap, Sungevity's Chief Development Officer, and Steve Birndorf, Sungevity's Director of Commercial Development Renovation
An update on SPUR’s A Downtown for Everyone: A Vision for the future of Downtown Oakland policy report
Presentation by: Robert Ogilvie, SPUR's Oakland director
Development in Oakland – Past, Present, Future with Claudia Cappio
Presentation by: Claudia Cappio, City of Oakland Assistant City Administrator of Development
“Build the Future of Oakland” with Oakland-based OppSites
Panel discussion moderated by: Sarah Filley, Vice President of Marketing, OppSites
Renovation of the former Sears Building at Broadway and 20th Street
Presentation by: Andrew Haydel, Principal, Lane Partners, LLC
City of Oakland's Economic development plans, special projects and strategy study plans for the upcoming year
Presentation by: Rachel Flynn and Marissa Raya, City of Oakland
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