Economic Development News from the East Bay | August 2020

East Bay EDA is excited to announce the rescheduling of the East Bay Innovation Awards for Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Mark your calendars so that you don’t miss this must-see event, where we will be announcing the awardees in each category!

In May we publicized the accomplishments of our 2020 Finalists in the online and print editions of the San Francisco Business Times. The diverse, resilient, and innovative group of finalist companies and organizations exemplify what makes the East Bay such a great region to start and grow a business. Even amid the pandemic, many of our nominees continue to find ways to evolve and pivot their work to adapt to the unprecedented challenges that we face during these times.

Many thanks to our event sponsors, in particular Presenting Sponsor Kaiser Permanente, Platinum-level sponsors Bayer and the Oakland A’s, and Gold-level sponsors AT&T, City of Alameda, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Wareham Development, and Wells Fargo for their support of this event, which will be hosted by Scott McGrew of NBC Bay Area.

Save the date! Registration will be opening soon.

Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest nonprofit health care system and longtime East Bay EDA member, recently committed $63 million in support of California’s contact tracing initiative for COVID-19. Grant funding will be provided to Oakland-based Public Health Institute, which will hire and train up to 500 full-time contract tracers. The funding will also connect Californians in isolation and quarantine with supportive services to assist with food, housing, child care, and other needs.

The contact tracing initiative is done in collaboration with the State of California and Futuro Health, the nonprofit co-founded by Kaiser and Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) to train a new generation of certified health care workers in California. This generous funding and partnership with community-based organizations reflect Kaiser’s long-standing commitment to address community conditions to improve overall community health. Read the full press release here.

To stay informed of public health updates and business resources, please visit East Bay EDA’s COVID-19 business resources page.

Our 2020 Speaker Series continues with Return to the Green, a webinar exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on college and professional sports. Our expert panelists will include Taj Tashombe of the Oakland A's, Jennifer Simon-O’Neill of Cal Athletics, and Coach John Beam of Laney College and Last Chance U on Netflix. Don't miss this event!

California Clean Air Day is October 7, 2020. Grant funding of up to $750 is available to groups and organizations to help make California Clean Air Day a success in the Bay Area. This potential funding is for local activities, events or projects that help clean our air. Application deadline is August 28. Learn more and apply.

State of the Tri-Valley returns this week on August 20. This year's virtual event, Future of the Heart of Innovation will explore opportunities and plans to set the vision for Tri-Valley 2040. Hear from leaders across the region and learn why innovative companies are launching, growing and moving here. Register today!

With less than 50 days until the completion of Census 2020, we are encouraging all East Bay residents to get out the count. Now more than ever, it is critical that we complete the most accurate count possible to ensure our businesses and future generations can prosper beyond the impacts of COVID-19. Be counted.

August is Black Business Month and Pacific Community Ventures has put together a list of over 300 Black-owned Small Business clients they work with. Nearly 40 East Bay business made the list, including locations in Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Hayward, Oakland, Richmond and more. Support the community and build local wealth by shopping at Black-owned businesses today.