Economic Development News from the East Bay | August 2021

Join us on the morning of Thursday, September 23 for East Bay EDA's Fall Membership Meeting. Our keynote speaker, Manuel Pastor, Distinguished Professor and Director of the USC Equity Research Institute, will talk about how COVID has revealed our society’s underlying fragilities, vulnerabilities, and inequalities. As we imagine a future that would be more inclusive and resilient, how do we embrace the ways in which fairness can generate both opportunity and prosperity? How can the East Bay lead the nation in building both a dynamic economy and caring community?
Our Fall Membership Meeting will feature the unveiling of East Bay Forward, a regional economic assessment and roadmap on how to best position the East Bay for a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable economic future. We are grateful to our research sponsors for making this work possible: AB&I Foundry, Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC), AT&T, Bank of America, Bayer, East Bay Regional Park District, First 5 Alameda County, StopWaste, Wareham Development, and Wells Fargo.
Register today to be entered to win roundtrip travel vouchers from Southwest Airlines. This event will be broadcast live and is open to both members and non members. We look forward to having you join us!

Registration is now open for the 9th annual East Bay Innovation Awards. Join East Bay EDA and emcee Scott McGrew of NBC Bay Area for the presentation to our 2021 awardees. More than 200 companies and organizations were nominated for the 2021 ceremony, showcasing the best examples of innovation in product development, services, and processes. This robust group of nominees was reviewed by subject matter experts and narrowed down to 20 finalists in 10 competitive categories.

Presented by Kaiser Permanente, the virtual awards ceremony will highlight finalists from across Alameda and Contra Costa Counties on October 14, 2021. Join us for a fun-filled evening that will include entertainment from Oakland's Kev Choice, the voices of YR Media, and more. This event is open to both members and non-members. Register today!

The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program provides grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. There will be three additional rounds for the grant program following the signing of the largest economic recovery package in state history. Visit the website to learn more and sign up!

The California Capital in the Community Act is set to deliver $8 million to entrepreneurs in East Oakland. To celebrate this incredible win for East Oakland, State Senator Nancy Skinner, City of Oakland District 6 Councilmember Loren Taylor, and ESO Ventures presented checks to the first four companies to benefit this past week from the new program.

East Bay companies continue to be some of the fastest growing in the nation according to the the 2021 Inc. 5000. In the annual ranking, the Bay Area is home to more than 160 companies, 40 of which were from the East Bay, including representation from Berkeley, Concord, Danville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Pleasanton, Newark, and more.

The State of California's new Employer Vaccination Toolkit will create a new process for employers to request a workplace clinic or local provider partner, making COVID-19 vaccines even more accessible for their employees. The Toolkit includes educational materials and an online form to request vaccination support with no financial cost to the employer.

As wildfires continue across California, we ask you to consider taking the clean air pledge for the 4th Annual CA Clean Air Day. The pledge is a commitment by people and organizations to take simple actions to help clear the air in their community. Sign up today!