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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Alameda's Economic Future

Can a Heart Attack be Predicted?


A New Voice for the City

Changing Faces

Celebration at Seaplane Lagoon Marks Milestone

Downtown Art & Wine Faire a Crowd Favorite


4th of July Parade Receives International Press

In the Press
UPCOMING EVENTS

Webster Street Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival – 9.18.16
Local beer and BBQ vendors, BBQ competitions and live entertainment will be taking over Webster St between Taylor and Central Avenues from 12 to 6 p.m. Full details coming soon.

Park Street's 22nd Annual Classic Car Show - 10.10.16
More than 400 vehicles will be on display downtown on Park St between Encinal and Buena Vista Avenues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A DJ will be spinning classic music from the 50’s and 60’s to set the mood as you stroll, shop and dine. Full details here.

CHOOSE ALAMEDA

We're Here to Help

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 econdev@alamedaca.gov, or stop by and talk with us.  We are located at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Suite 120.

 
Alameda’s Economic Future

What does the future of economic development look like in Alameda?  That is what the City intends to answer with a citywide Economic Development Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan). The Strategic Plan will provide a roadmap for the City’s economic growth, including detailed demographic and economic analysis to support business attraction and retention and workforce development activities in Alameda, with the overall goal of improving quality of life on the Island. Development of the Strategic Plan will include participation from various business and educational sectors via focus groups. Engaging the community and eliciting input from the public will also be a key part of the work. Those interested in getting involved will have multiple opportunities to participate in the process through community workshops. The first workshop is set to take place on Thursday, September 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Alameda High School, located at 2201 Encinal Avenue.

On July 20, the City’s consultant team provided an overview of the Strategic Plan process at the first convening of the Mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Panel (Panel). Materials presented at that meeting can be viewed here. The nine-member Panel, recently approved by City Council, consists of high-level executives from key Alameda businesses. The Panel, led by David Mik of Power Engineering, will provide counsel on economic development issues in Alameda.

For more details on the Strategic Plan, and to stay up-to-date on community involvement opportunities, visit www.alamedaca.gov/business/strategic-plan. If you would like further information regarding the Panel, click here. If you would like to be notified of future meetings of the Panel, please contact econdev@alamedaca.gov and ask to be added to the email list.

Can a Heart Attack be Predicted?

City staff recently paid a visit to Alameda biotech powerhouse, Singulex, Inc. Nestled in Harbor Bay Business Park, Singulex is a diagnostics company using pioneering technology to measure biomarkers within the human body to detect or predict disease in early or pre-stages of development. Singulex is an emerging leader in the national diagnostics biotech industry, and is the only lab in the U.S. using ultrasensitive methods to determine levels of the protein called cardiac troponin in blood samples obtained from ambulatory patients, outside of the hospital setting. Elevated levels of troponin in the body are directly linked to life-threatening conditions, such as heart disease (the leading cause of death in the U.S.). Even moderate elevations of this protein above the “healthy” range can indicate risk and signal a need for a change in lifestyle to reduce the chances of future heart attacks or development of heart failure. President and CEO Guido Baechler spoke passionately with City staff about preventive medicine and his vision for widespread application of this type of testing in hospitals. For example, ultrasensitive testing for troponin in emergency rooms could help doctors quickly assess risk in patients, giving them the ability to discharge patients with non-life-threatening conditions and swiftly treat those in immediate danger.

Singulex has been an innovator in Alameda for nearly a decade, and was previously recognized by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance as a finalist for its Innovation Awards. Baechler believes Alameda has great potential for additional growth in the biotech sector, and praises the community for its diverse and highly educated workforce, easy access to the Oakland Airport and FedEx hub, great restaurants, agreeable climate, as well as its pleasant walkable streets and hospitable atmosphere.

A New Voice for the City

Please join the City of Alameda in welcoming its new Public Information Officer, Sarah Henry. Sarah hopes to bring innovative communication methods to the City, to provide transparency and educate residents about City policies and events, community matters and emergency preparedness. Prior to joining the City, Sarah worked as the Program Director for Next 10, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization with a focus on the economy, environment and quality of life issues. For the last ten years, her work included overseeing the organization’s nonpartisan research portfolio, with a strong commitment to civic engagement and educating Californians on governance and state budget issues. In this capacity she facilitated hundreds of community town halls and developed a series of web tools that make complex issues more accessible. Sarah moved to Alameda in 2010 with her family, and as an Alameda resident she is thrilled to be able to connect with members of the community every day. Contact Sarah anytime by email at shenry@alamedaca.gov, or call (510) 747-4714.

Changing Faces

Awardees have been selected for the 2015-16 Façade Grant Program and some improvement projects have already begun. The program, highlighted in the April 2016 newsletter, provides a 50-50, reimbursable matching grant for work done to improve storefronts within the City’s commercial districts and gateways. The City received 33 project applications, totaling more than $250,000 in funding requests. The Façade Grant Committee selected 22 projects to move forward, utilizing the entirety of the $125,000 program budget for fiscal year 2015-16. Funded projects include smaller fixes, such as awning replacements and new paint, and more substantial structural changes to buildings’ facades. Awards for individual applicants ranged from $500 to $12,500. Combined applications from property owners and tenants received up to $18,200.

The program will reboot on September 19, 2016, for fiscal year 2016-17 at the same funding level. Once the program reopens, grant awards will be selected on a first-come, first-considered basis. For new information as it unfolds, check the program’s webpage, www.alamedaca.gov/business/facade-grant-program. An informational pre-application meeting will be held for interested applicants prior to reopening the program. Important dates will be made available on the webpage. Until then, we look forward to watching the transformation of Alameda’s retail districts through the implementation of these improvements.

Celebration at Seaplane Lagoon Marks Milestone

The smooth sounds of live jazz music floated across a sunny Seaplane Lagoon on July 23, as 200 people gathered for the U.S. Navy’s Phase 2 conveyance of land (and water) at Alameda Point to the City of Alameda. Fifty early registrants had the rare opportunity to paddle kayaks around the Lagoon, while others participated in walking tours. Tours showcased the proposed Seaplane Lagoon ferry terminal site, future waterfront park and also touched on the area’s native wildlife. Activities were followed by refreshments and a short conveyance ceremony. The Phase 2 Conveyance is a major milestone for the City and for the development of Site A, 68-acres that will be the first phase of mixed-use development at Alameda Point. The conveyance transfers ownership of the Seaplane Lagoon and other land areas needed for the Site A project and a new ferry terminal from Alameda to San Francisco, and will provide recreational access to the water. Utility infrastructure construction at Site A is expected to begin in Fall of this year.

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Downtown Art & Wine Faire a Crowd Favorite

Each year, throughout the last weekend in July, arts and crafts and food vendors fill Park Street while nonstop music plays for the crowd. This year marked the 32nd year of the Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire, a hometown favorite that has been voted “Best Event” time and time again in Alameda Magazine. Three hundred vendors turned out on July 30th and 31st for the festivities. If you missed it, be sure to add this event to your calendar for 2017.  

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4th of July Parade Receives International Press

Celebrating its 40th year, this year’s Mayor’s 4th of July Parade did not disappoint the crowd of 50,000 people that lined the parade route to watch as 2,600 participants and 100 horses made their way through City streets.  At the event, Grand Marshal Jim Sweeney was recognized for his lengthy and numerous contributions to the community. Keeping with tradition, many Victorian homes lining the parade route were embellished with American flags and patriotic bunting.  While the 3.3-mile parade is regularly recognized nationally as one of the largest and longest in the U.S., this year’s parade received international coverage by news outlets in India, England, Ireland and Canada.

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In the Press

Alameda Boys & Girls Club achieves gold in national award

Pacific Lighthouse now open at Marina Village


Wrightspeed’s electric powertrains cut cost and carbon footprint for garbage collection

Painters capture Alameda imagery

Awards honor Alameda’s historic charm

Sweet spots that will help you beat the heat

Hundreds gather for Seaplane event

Planning Board approves prominent mixed-use project

Community supports senior and veteran-based nonprofits

VF Outdoor campus promotes sustainable lifestyle

HFF, Inc. purchases Alameda Landing

Older adults gravitate toward local gym

Produce market celebrates 40 years in Alameda

Alameda ranks high on California’s Best Suburbs list

Lola’s wins StopWaste award

Firehouse Subs opens location at Alameda Landing

Donsuemor marks 40th anniversary with new flavor

AMP receives A+ Fitch rating

BioTime announces public offering

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