Jill Keimach Steps in as New City Manager

City Launches Facade Grant Program 

Sila Snags Innovation Award

Amber Kinetics Brings Clean Energy Project to Alameda

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2016 City of Alameda Earth Day Festival  - 4.23.16
Enjoy Earth Day games, exhibits and free activities for children from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Washington Park, located at 740 Central Avenue. Click here for more information.

Facade Grant Program Pre-Application Meeting  - 4.27.16
An orientation to the City's Facade Grant Program will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers, located on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Learn about program eligibility, guidelines, and how to apply. For more information about the Facade Grant Program, click here

Facade Grant Program Pre-Application Meeting  - 4.28.16
A second orientation to the City's Facade Grant Program will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers, located on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Learn about program eligibility, guidelines, and how to apply. For more information about the Facade Grant Program, click here


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If you are a business, property owner, or broker interested in doing business in Alameda, or an existing business here, our Economic Development Division staff of dedicated professionals are here to assist you over the full life-cycle of establishing or operating your business in Alameda, from site selection to ribbon cutting.  Please give us a call at (510) 747-6890,
e-mail, or stop by and talk with us.  We are located at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Suite 120.

Jill Keimach Steps in as New City Manager
The City of Alameda welcomes its new City Manager, Jill Keimach, appointed by the Alameda City Council in January, 2016. Previously, Jill served as Town Manager of Moraga for five years, where she helped remodel and create new Town Offices, Council Chambers and Emergency Operations Center, and pass a one-cent sales tax increase to improve the conditions of roads from ‘at risk’ to ‘good’ in less than three years.  Prior to her position at the Town of Moraga, Jill was the Community Development Director for the City of Fremont, leading a department with 120 professional employees and an $18M operations and $27M redevelopment budget.  Jill managed the Building, Planning, Engineering, Civic Facilities and Community Preservation divisions, and created new streamlined development processes to make Fremont more business-friendly and improve how citizens worked with city staff. 

Before Fremont, Jill spent her career working for a variety of government agencies. Her work included eight years with the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), where she developed regional housing policies and researched the fiscalization of land use with communities in the North Bay.  Jill was also the first manager of the San Francisco Bay Trail project.  Additionally, she worked for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), the cities of Walnut Creek and El Cerrito in California, Wilmette in Illinois and a number of smaller cities in New Hampshire.
Jill received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and her Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning with a minor in Transportation Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

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City Launches Facade Grant Program

The popular economic development program to help local business and property owners spruce up their storefronts and improve the appearance of the City’s retail districts is back. Under the Façade Grant Program, business and property owners may be eligible for matching grants up to $12,500 for exterior painting, new awnings and signs, and refurbishing architectural features. Business and property owners located in certain retail districts are eligible to apply. The purpose of this program is to boost the attractiveness of the City’s retail districts and high traffic areas, and to remove blighted conditions throughout these locations. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the City’s pre-application orientation, which will be held on Wednesday, April 27th at 8:00 a.m. within the Council Chambers at City Hall (third floor of 2263 Santa Clara Avenue). For full information and to view the program application and guidelines, visit:

Sila Snags Innovation Award

Sila Nanotechnologies co-founder and CEO, Gene Berdichevsky, accepted the 2016 Innovation Award for Engineering and Design underneath the bright lights of the Fox Theater stage in Oakland. The award ceremony, which took place on February 25th, is a creation of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance and honors businesses that are significant contributors to the East Bay’s creative spirit and cluster of successful, pioneering companies. Alameda-based Sila is developing the next generation of materials to get more out of lithium-ion batteries, by storing more energy in a smaller sized product.  For electric vehicles, this means reduced costs, improved driving range and larger consumer use. Sila is the fifth Alameda business to receive the coveted Innovation Award within the past four years. This track record speaks to Alameda’s clout as a key location for creative growth companies. Congratulations to Sila Nanotechnologies and thank you for choosing Alameda.

Amber Kinetics Brings Clean Energy Project to Alameda

If California is to meet its Renewable Portfolio Standards, utilities will need an environmentally friendly, cost effective way to store renewable power and dispatch it to the grid when it is needed. Amber Kinetics, a vertically integrated manufacturer and project developer of grid-scale energy storage systems, recently partnered with Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) to test the viability of using flywheels for energy storage. Amber Kinetics connected its Alameda Point Test Site with AMP’s grid in February, and has now begun grid-tied testing of its flywheel units.

Flywheels offer a number of advantages over chemical batteries. In addition to being safe and sustainable with no chemicals or hazardous materials, and offering unlimited cycling with no degradation, they are extremely responsive – discharging needed energy in a matter of seconds.

Flywheels are a two-way system – they give and take. They convert electrical energy to kinetic energy when storing power and convert the energy back to electricity when needed by the grid. Amber Kinetics has demonstrated the only flywheel in the world capable of discharging for four hours at Alameda.

Thanks to AMP, the City's community-owned utility, Alameda is one of the lowest greenhouse gas-emitting communities in California. Alameda leads the county in use of renewable energy and AMP is the only true carbon neutral utility in California, saving users and businesses 20% more than other companies.  We are proud to work with companies like Amber Kinetics that are finding new ways to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance grid stability.

City Teams with OppSites to Market Opportunities

The  City’s Economic Development Division and, a Bay Area firm, recently launched the first of ten targeted email marketing campaigns to promote the City’s development opportunity sites through the firm’s searchable, web-based platform.  The first of these “push” marketing campaigns is for the Enterprise Zone District, an 82-acre commercial development site at Alameda Point.  For full details on the Enterprise District and to view the OppSites listing, click here.  This listing was sent to the OppSites database of thousands of real estate developers, investors, and brokers nation-wide.
OppSites increases Alameda’s capacity to spread the word about its development opportunity sites beyond the regional network of developers and to a national audience of prospective investors.   With OppSites, Alameda will be able to showcase and selectively market opportunity sites to a target group of investors based on the type of development, such as commercial, industrial or retail. Through OppSites, investors can subscribe to receive information or search for particular types of development opportunities.  
Be sure to follow Alameda on to stay up to date with all of the great development opportunities within the City.

Local Businesses Invest in Alameda Youth Workforce

On March 18, 45 local employers and vocational training programs participated in Alameda’s second annual Youth Career and Job Fair.  The event was held at Encinal High School’s gymnasium and attracted around 300 students from Alameda Unified School District (AUSD).  Employers offered high school students opportunities to gain valuable work experience through paid positions and internships while they are in high school or immediately upon graduation.  The event also brought a wide array of career training options to students who may not commit to attending a four-year college after graduating high school.  Linking high school education and career preparation leads to higher high school graduation rates, increased college enrollment, and higher earning potential.  Employer participation doubled that of the first year’s job fair, showing a strong commitment from local businesses and organizations to the community’s youth and the strengthening of Alameda’s workforce.
At the job fair, students were also able to talk to representatives from Peralta Colleges, consult with high school counselors, and get help with their resumes.  The event was co-hosted by AUSD, the City of Alameda, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, and the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and their Families (ACCYF). Thank you to all of the Alameda businesses and organizations that participated in this year's job fair. 

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In the Press

Ceres Community Project provides meals to homeless and teaches cooking skills to youth
How to spend a day in Alameda
High Scores Arcade hosts video game tournament
Jill Keimach begins works as new City Manager
Lauren’s Closet celebrates quarter of a century of doing business in Alameda
Corporate update and fourth quarter report released by Aqua Metals
New Vietnamese restaurant comes to Park Street
The North Face increases U.S. product production through “Backyard Project” Collection
Penumbra, Inc. appoints new Board Member
Perforce collaborates with Steinberg Media Technologies for better gaming production workflows
Group Delphi continues to grow in response to high customer demand
Rhythmix Cultural Works provides unique cultural experiences and entertainment

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